After introducing the 5 Series G30 Sedan last year, BMW is back once again to launch the 2017 5-Series Touring Wagon (G31). The Bavarian automaker has just released the official photos before it makes its world premiere next month at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
Aside from the already familiar design cues, the new practical wagon is said to be using BMW’s CLAR rear-wheel-drive architecture. Although it wasn’t mentioned how many pounds were cut from the overall weight, it probably shed as much as 220lbs. Since the platform is known for its intensive use of aluminum, the midsize wagon’s tailgate is now made of the same material.
Now on its 5th generation, the new Touring is probably one of its most spacious wagons brought by BMW. As a matter of fact, it claims to have at least 1,700-liter of boot space when the seats are folded. If the seats are up, the 5-Series has enough volume capacity of at least 570 liters. Plus, if we have to compare it with the previous model, it has increased in size by 10mm tall, 8mm wide and 36mm long.
The 5 Series Touring will be available in either gasoline or diesel engines. For the diesel variant, there is a 190 horsepower turbocharged four cylinder or a six cylinder that can make up to 265 hp. Meanwhile, the gasoline model can come with a 252 hp 4-cylinder engine or the more powerful 6 cylinders with up to 340hp.
Other than the inline four diesel variant (which can be availed with a six-speed manual gearbox), all models are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. In addition, only the four cylinder models are offered with rear wheel drive set up while the six- cylinders can be had with an all-wheel-drive layout. Beyond that, all these variants now come with BMW’s standard rear air suspension system.
The new 5 Series Touring will be available in Europe as early as June, just a few months after its official debut this coming March. Orders can be made starting this month with an initial asking price of £38,385 for the 520d diesel model. Other diesel models are priced at £46,235 for the 530d and £48,235 for the 530d xDrive. For the gasoline variants, price starts at £42,390 for the 530i and £49,460 for the 540i XDrive variant.
Overall, each of the new BMW Touring models will come with the latest standard equipment for safety and convenience. Expect up-to-the-minute iDrive driver assistance technology along with the 10.25 inch touch screen infotainment system, satellite navigator, smartphone integration and leather upholstery among many others.