The RETTmobil show in Fulda, Germany is a huge event – with around 500 exhibitors for this year’s edition – and this means automakers are also making their presence felt.
BMW has decided to go all out on this one – and has not one, but a series of models on display. The 4 Series Gran Coupe is for example relegated to an emergency ambulance trim, with the 440i xDrive model actually being a “notarzt” with the lettering present on the front doors, hood, and rear bumper. This means it can be used to carry emergency doctors where needed most, not the patients to them. BMW is also keen to point out the 480-liter boot space can be upgraded to 1,300 liters by folding the rear bench to make room for even more medical equipment. The automaker also displayed an X5 xDrive30d specification for doctors on call – it can store from 650 liters of cargo to as much as 1,870 liters after folding the rear seats.
The premium SUV gets the ubiquitous livery, as well as additional LED lighting, auxiliary heating unit, upgraded antenna, and more outlets for multiple medical devices to be powered at once. There’s also a 2 Series Gran Tourer, with the 220d xDrive being on call for an emergency physician. It also gets its own signaling system with extra LED lights, power supplies, and a beefier antenna. The custom MPV also packs an extractable loading floor with a built-in transportation tray to ease access. Other vehicles seen at the RETTmobil include an X1 xDrive18d made for operations management, this time for the fire service command – and there’s also the new 5 Series as a 520d Sedan that acts as undercover police car.