Earlier reports pegged the V5 as BMW’s answer to the Mercedes R- class, but BMW’s take on the genre appears less van-like.

A new BMW prototype has hit the roads in Munich, and it appears to be the first full-fledged tester for BMW’s long-rumored V-series. The car’s radically sloping backlight is pure hatchback, as it leaves no room for a proper trunk lid. The side window profile appears to slope downward similar to the X6, but the overall roofline arc is taller, allowing for more headroom in back, and the rear hatch looks more cargo-friendly.

Earlier reports pegged the V5 as BMW’s answer to the Mercedes R- class, but BMW’s take on the genre appears less van-like. Given the R-class’ lukewarm market reception, the more car-like approach seen on this prototype seems better-suited to BMW’s values, and should yield the expected driving dynamics.

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