BMW has been teasing us with teasers about the M5 Touring for a few months now, flipping the reveal by showing us the standard 5 Series Touring first. This fifth generation of the mid-size luxury wagon builds on the Series 5ers introduced not so long ago, bringing gasoline-powered, diesel-powered and plug-in hybrid powertrains to the lowboy family wagon, as well as the first-ever battery-electric powertrain. The wagons are what you’d expect from the sedan, given an extended rear end, more of a demonstration of BMW’s developing a concept and sticking to it across all powertrains and body styles. So if you like the New 5, there’s no reason not to like this. And if you like long, straight lines and chiseled edges, you’ll love this.
The dimensions are a few centimeters larger in all directions than the last car, the new version is 3.8 centimeters longer, 1.3 centimeters wider and almost an centimeter higher, making the dimensions 199 centimeters long, 74.8 centimeters wide and 59 .6 centimeters high. The wheelbase has also been extended by about an inch, but BMW says there is “noticeably more leg, shoulder and elbow room, especially in the rear.” Cargo space takes up 20.1 cubic feet with the second-row seats up, and 60 cubic feet with the second row down, slightly more than the Audi A6 Avant, slightly less than the Mercedes E-Class Estate. A power tailgate opens through a larger opening in the cargo area, and the 40:20:40 split rear seat can be lowered remotely using controls in the cargo area. An under-load storage compartment contains the partition net, cargo area cover and charging cable for the all-electric and plug-in hybrid models, so owners can charge and retrieve the necessary items before loading up.
Electric powertrains start with the i5 eDrive40 and the i5 M60 xDrive, both of which use the same 81.2 kWh pack as in the sedan. The former version comes with a single motor on the rear axle that produces 335 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque, 22 pound-feet more than during normal driving thanks to a temporary boost function using Launch Control or Sport Boost. The story is similar with the M60, which pairs a motor to each axle and produces a combined output of 593 hp and 605 lb-ft, 19 additional pound-feet available in boost modes. The rear driver on standard 18-inch wheels can cover 550 kilometers according to the European WLTP cycle, the M60 on standard 19-inch wheels is estimated at 500 kilometers. Wheels up to 21 inches are offered, with larger rims marginally reducing the range.
Fuel-sucking models start with the diesel-powered 520d and its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder 48-volt mild hybrid with 195 hp and 295 lb-ft. Additionally, the gas-powered 530e also fits a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, but this is a PHEV; The assistance of the electric motor brings the combined power to 295 hp and offers a range of 60 WLTP miles as a rear-driver, and 80 km with all-wheel drive. It will be available next summer. The 540d returns to oil-burning with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 mild hybrid that produces 295 horsepower. BMW promises that two more PHEV versions will follow after the launch.
Driving space is everything we’ve seen on the other flavors of 5, such as the Curved Display, BMW Operating System 8.5 and XXX. However, the car comes standard with new sports seats and a flatter base on the steering wheel. The treatments range from completely vegan to two-tone BMW Individual Merino leather.
The i5 Touring will be launched in Europe in May, more details will follow before then, and perhaps the M5 Touring too. At this point, we have the slightest hope that the M5 Touring will make it to the US. These other standard flavors? That will be a ‘no’ from BMW, dawg.