• Feb 22nd 2010 at 5:58PM
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Current-generation BMW 5 Series Touring

BMW has announced the debut of the company's latest generation 5 Series Touring, so rumors of the Touring's demise may have been exaggerated. To be fair, the BMW 5 Series Touring was never going to go away altogether – not when it sells in big numbers in European markets. That said, BMW foresees its new double-hinged hatchback 5 Series Gran Turismo as cannibalizing the wagon's already tiny sales in the U.S., so we don't expect to see the new Touring model in American showrooms. The rest of the world can look forward to a new wagon that is lower, lighter and more of a looker than the hunchback on the other side of the showroom.

The world premiere of the new 5 Touring will take place at the 2010 Auto Mobil International (AMI) in Leipzig. Although no photos or details have been released, this fourth generation 5 Series station wagon will share a lot in common with the recently introduced F10 2011 5 Series sedan that we sampled in Spain last month. That means new engines, gearboxes, suspension architecture, rear-wheel steering, user-selectable adaptive drive settings, brake energy regeneration and another generation of iDrive, for better or for worse. We'll get you more details and photos as they become available, in the meantime, make the jump for the official press release.

Photos by Chris Paukert / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: BMW]

Press Release

World Premiere in Leipzig: the new BMW 5 Series Touring.
Fourth Generation of the Highly Successful Business Touring Presented to the Public for the First Time at the 2010 Auto Mobil International (AMI).

Munich. BMW is returning to Auto Mobil International (AMI) Show in Leipzig with no less than a world debut, presenting the new BMW 5er Touring to the public for the first time when the Motor Show opens on the Leipzig Fairgrounds.
Through this significant model launch, BMW is setting one of the highlights at the AMI Show open to the public from 10 - 18 April 2010. At the same time further new models in the BMW range are to be seen for the first time in Germany at the 2010 AMI Show, among them the new BMW 5 Series Sedan, the new BMW X5, and the new BMW 3er Convertible.

BMW's appearance at the Show follows the guiding principle of "Joy", moving the world premiere of the new BMW 5 Series Touring as the top event at the AMI Show directly into the visitors' perspective through numerous activities. The 2010 AMI Show gives BMW the ideal setting to present the new edition of this successful Business Touring to the international public for the first time.

By tradition, the German market is the world's most significant sales region for the Touring version of the BMW 5 Series. As a further factor the world premiere of the new BMW 5 Series Touring highlights both the significance of the 2010 AMI as the No 1 car show in Germany this year and the close connection of the Company to the location in Leipzig. BMW Plant Leipzig builds not only the BMW 1 Series, but also the brand's latest highly successful model, the BMW X1.

Premium car maker BMW is presenting its current model range in a new exhibition area. Measuring approximately 1,500 square metres or more than 16,000 square feet, BMW's stand is being set up for the first time in Hall 3 of the AMI Fairgrounds.
BMW Classic is also represented in Leipzig with three historical cars on show in a special event in the Fairground's Glass Palace under the motto "Hidden Treasures – Car Museums Present their Greatest Highlights". And last but not least, BMW is also presenting the new BMW X1 for practical testing in the outdoor area of the Fairground.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Both cars are needed because of "perceived nomenclature"; that is, the touring is really a wagon in people's minds. The 5er GT is a - uhm - something else.
      • 5 Years Ago
      and I am an american, btw.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The wagon looks better and is common sense. I can't see why anyone would buy a 535i Grand Turismo with a double opening rear and poorer rear sightlines. It is not attractive and answers the question no one was asking. It is like the X6, a marketing niche, not a real market segment. BMW - Bloated Manufacturer Warning! Too many models and capacity coming... the 3 Series can only carry it for so long.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw the 5GT at bmw showroom, its huge, bloated, & ugly. the salesguy said that US still might get the wagon, ideally the deisel, but not before 2012.

      I have a 02 540iT, a beautiful car & pretty fast, even by today standards. then again the new audi A6 avant is a pretty nice looking car as well...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't understand how BMW thinks the 5er GT will "cannibalize" wagon sales here in the states. If it beats 5er touring sales, it will be due to converts from other cars/SUV's, but not because wagon buyers will flock to it.

      If anything, wagon buyers (all 3 of them in the US, me included) are the die-hardiest of them all. If you were ok with the higher SUV/crossover style, you would have jumped ship already to an SUV or Crossover. Saying they're not introducting the wagon because it doesn't sell makes sense, and I can begrudgingly understand.

      But thinking that the same people that have held out from SUV's and crossovers for all this time are going to take the bloaty 5er GT? They're drinking their own kool-aid.... especially after saying in other press releases that the 5er GT isn't supposed to appeal to BMW traditionalists. Who is more traditional than a wagon fan?

      Again, them stopping the wagon over here due to no demand makes sense. I get it. Other than me, they'll piss off some folks that read autoblog and jalopnik, but we're it. That's an understandable business decision, especially with the cost of federalizing the cars for the US. But... thinking that there's an overlap in buyers is silly. The 5er GT will consist of crossover buyers, SUV downsizers, people that think it's interesting looking, etc. And that alone may sell more than they sold wagons. But make no mistake, BMW, the wagon set is not going to be looking at it. Just say it. "Pissing off the three of you saves us more money than you can make us. Sorry."
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey Joe!
        I'm one of the other 3 wagon owners!! Nice to meet you!

        We love our 535xiT, with a Dinan stage one.... 366 hp, 379 ft/lbs torque!

        We saw the new GT at the auto show last month, and just can't seem to understand it. It looks big and bloated and isn't for us....

        Looks like we'll be keeping the one we've got for a while.
      • 5 Years Ago
      stupid americans. why don't they know wagon > "crossover/wagon-wannabe" and that diesel > hybrids
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 5 wagon is better than the 5GT in every way -- performance, handling, weight, utility, and styling. And BMW saddles us the 5GT instead. Yuck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wagons>crossovers. Few tactile buttons>touchscreen. Americans are gizmo hungry touchscreen pokin', sea of buttons on the center stack pushin', overpriced econocar buying freaks when it comes to cars. I'm a 26 year old American but i don't buy into all of that. Never understood the SUV craze, the touchscreen craze, crossover craze, econocars that cost over 10,000 dollar craze. None of those crazes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        because hatchbacks and wagons are ugly as hell and make us look like wild europeans when we drive them
        • 5 Years Ago
        totally agree. i've owned an A3, and have been driving a passat wagon for a while now. there is no way i would get anything but a wagon or hatchback now. my next car will most likely be the a4 avant. that said, i don't understand why people buy "crossovers" or "compact SUVs." sacrificing fuel economy, in most cases even cargo room, and handling - all for a slightly higher view of the road. any crossover owners want to explain the reason for buying a crossover or compact suv?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Never been a beemer fan, but was in one of these last yr - a a diesel variant - in Europe. My friend was going 220kph and the car was still willing to go. Beautiful interior and easy to use nav.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait just a second: For the record Portugal IS NOT Spain. It might seem like a detail to you, but don't you ever call me spanish again.
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