BMW 5 Touring
New Family Members
BMW has shown off the latest member of its fifth-generation 5 Series model, debuting a Touring (station wagon) version to the range.
This newest arrival, which expected to go on sale in Australia later this year, brings BMW's new ‘Efficient Lightweight' chassis technology which helps reduce the weight of the car by up to 100 kilograms compared to its equivalent in the outgoing range.
As part of the switch to the new generation, the 5 Touring is longer and gets dramatic new front and a rear styling that accentuates the car's width and helps underline its sporting character.
In real terms, that means this latest car has grown by 36mm overall to an impressive 4943mm and by 8mm - to 1868 millimetres - in width. The height has been increased by 10mm to 1498mm, and the wheelbase has crept up by 7mm to 2975mm.
Those changes have made for more room inside with boot capacity increased to 570 litres (rear seat up), and 1700 litres (rear seat folded) and carrying capacity has blown out by 120 kilograms to between 720 and 730 kilograms, depending on the model.
The rear seat backrest has a 40:20:40 split/fold function and the various sections are dropped by using a remote backrest release button in the boot. There is also a storage compartment under the load area cover and the tailgate, with automatic opening and closing, features a separately opening rear window to increase versatility.
As well as the extra interior space the 5 Series Touring also boasts optimised, sedan-level interior acoustics and increased comfort for rear seat passengers thanks to new backrest contours, greater seat depth and extended knee room.
When the car makes its European market debut in June, it will do so with a choice of four and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. BMW's "xDrive" all-wheel-drive system will also be available in conjunction with two engine variants.
The 530i Touring comes with a 2.0 litre, four-cylinder petrol engine developing 185 kilowatts of power from 5200rpm to 6500rpm and 350 Newton metres of torque from 1450rpm to 4800rpm. It drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.
The 540i xDrive Touring features an inline, 3.0 litre, six-cylinder petrol engine and eight- speed Steptronic transmission. The engine develops 250 kilowatts from 5500 to 6500rpm and 450 Newton metres from 1380 to 5200rpm.
The 520d Touring has a 2.0 litre, four-cylinder diesel engine that develops 140 kilowatts at 4000rpm and 400 Newton metres between 1750 and 2500rpm. It drives the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox or optional eight-speed transmission.
The 530d Touring comes as either rear or all-wheel-drive (530d xDrive Touring) and features a 3.0 litre, inline six-cylinder diesel engine and eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The engine develops 195 kilowatts at 4000rpm and 620 Newton metres from 2000rpm through to 2500rpm.
Safety features include Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning systems with City Braking function, Cross-traffic and Priority Warning, Lane Change Assistant and Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection, Evasion Aid and Steering and Lane Control assistants.
At this stage, there is no definite launch date or pricing for the 5 series Touring in Australia.
But Kloster BMW will be sure to let you know!
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