BMW have released images and specifications for European versions of its new 5 Series Touring range.
The specification sheet looks impressive and engine options consist of petrol and diesel units with four and six cylinders.
In Europe, BMW offer the 540i six-cylinder petrol and 530d six-cylinder diesel with its xDrive all-wheel drive system.
The new range is larger than the previous generation and the wheelbase has grown slightly and now measures a substantial 2,975mm.
Remarkably, the larger dimensions have not added any bulk, in fact, the new Touring models have shed up to 100kg thanks to BMW’s EfficientLightweight and new chassis technology.
Interestingly, the Ultimate Driving Machine has highlighted the inclusion of a larger selection of driver assistance systems that “reduce the gap to automated driving.” Eventually, a new slogan is going to be needed.
The new Touring models also include an updated infotainment system incorporating the latest-generation BMW iDrive, including Touch Controller. An optional 10.25-inch touchscreen is also available.
BMW gesture control and natural voice commands compliment the system, as does wireless smartphone integration via Bluetooth and inductive charging. Apple CarPlay is also available across the range.
A highlight is the new Head-Up display that has a 70 percent larger projection surface.
At this stage, BMW has not confirmed the new 5 Series Touring for Australia. New models are expected in European showrooms in June.
Despite making plenty of sense for family buyers, Australians have shown very little love for touring or sports wagon variants in recent times. This insatiable appetite to sit high in an SUV, especially in the prestige segment, has seen rivals Mercedes and Audi stop selling some of their range here.
European Model variants from launch:
BMW 530i Touring:
Engine Four-cylinder petrol Capacity 1,998 cc Power 185 kW at 5,200 – 6,500 rpm Torque 350 Nm  at 1,450 – 4,800 rpm Transmission eight-speed Steptronic Performance 0-100km 6.5 seconds
BMW 540i xDrive Touring:
Engine Six-cylinder in-line petrol engine Capacity 2,998 cc Power 250 kW at 5,500 – 6,500 rpm Torque 450 Nm at 1,380 – 5,200 rpm Transmission eight-speed Steptronic Performance 0-100km 5.1 seconds
BMW 520d Touring:
Engine Four-cylinder diesel Capacity 1,995 cc Power 140kW at 4,000 rpm Torque 400Nm at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm Transmission six-speed manual (optional: eight-speed Steptronic) Performance 0-100km 8.0 seconds/ auto 7.8 seconds
BMW 530d Touring / BMW 530d xDrive Touring:
Engine Six-cylinder in-line diesel engine Capacity 2,993 Power 195kW at 4,000 rpm Torque 620Nm at 2,000 – 2,500 rpm Transmission eight-speed Steptronic Performance 0-100km 5.8 seconds/ xDrive 5.6 seconds
Let’s start a Car Conversation, is there any love for the new 5 Series Touring? Are there any fans of the humble wagon, or have we all moved to SUVs?