Following the launch of the seventh-generation BMW 5 Series late last year, the German automaker has just revealed the wagon version of their E-Segment sedan. This generation of the 5 Series Touring is the fifth-generation of the 5 Series wagon line, which was introduced in 1990.
Internally known as the G31 5 Series, the Touring also makes use of BMW's latest modular platform dubbed OKL. The 5 Series Touring is also the first OKL platformed vehicle to come in wagon form. It also benefits from the Carbon Core chassis which was first applied in the 7 Series. It uses a mix of aluminum, magnesium, high-strength steel and carbon fiber reinforced polymer which is then bonded into the chassis.
The 5 Series Touring is the same as the sedan from the B-pillar to the front. Its front fascia follows the form of the 7 Series with a larger, wider pair of kidney grills which connects to the headlights. There is a larger, wider lower air intake while the M-Sport model gets a more aggressive treatment. Standard in the G31 5 Series are the LED Adaptive lights, an option on the previous generation F11 model.
From the B-pillar and back, it gets a different set of rear doors which are more upright than its four-door counterpart. The third window meanwhile boasts the signature Hoffmeister Kink which has been part of BMW design since the early 60's. Towards the rear, the Touring gets a different set of tail lights plus a tailgate that can be opened two ways. Access to the cargo area can be gained either through the glass hatch or the entire tailgate.
Inside, the dashboard is carried over from the sedan model. It gets trapezoidal air-conditioning vents, high-mounted iDrive screen, redesigned gear selector (for automatic transmission models) and the hexagonal center console. Like most BMWs, the center console is tilted towards the driver, another signature of the German automaker.
Being a wagon, BMW emphasized its cargo capacity. According to the manufacturer, the 5 Series Touring has a cargo area that measures 570 liters with the rear seats up. With the seats folded down, it increases to 1,700 liters of cargo area. Also worth noting is the wagon's payload capacity, which ranges from 720 kg to 730 kg, depending on the engine selected.
Upon its public debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, the 5 Series Touring will be available with a variety of turbocharged gas and diesel models. First is the new four-cylinder B48 2.0 liter turbocharged engine which will be used in the 530i. It puts out 252 PS and 350 Nm of torque and is available with xDrive all-wheel drive. For the 540i, it uses the B58 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six engine with an output 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque.
Turbodiesel options include the four-cylinder, 2.0 liter engine with 190 PS and 400 Nm of torque for the 520d and a six-cylinder 3.0 liter mill with 620 Nm of torque for the 530d. All models are available with xDrive all-wheel drive with a choice of either six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic apart from the 530d which only comes as an automatic.