• Feb 25, 2010
BMW 5-Series Touring spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Only days after receiving official word that BMW would be unveiling its next-generation 5 Series Touring at the Auto Mobil International in Leipzig, our spies have spotted a nearly finished prototype frolicking in the snow. As reported earlier, the new Fiver wagon will be very similar to the 5 Series sedan that we recently tested, and judging by these early photos, the only real difference seems to be the distinct full-bore hatch out back. Turbocharged engines, eight-speed transmissions and both rear- and all-wheel drive should be on hand.

Don't expect the 5 Series touring to show up in U.S. showrooms, though. BMW is hoping that American consumers will warm up to the new Gran Turismo model, especially since the proper wagon variant has had relatively dismal sales numbers in recent years. It's a completely different story in other markets, however, and we're sure that the new Touring will be welcomed by 5 Series customers looking for quite a bit more in the way of functionality.




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      • 4 Years Ago
      I like it a lot.. kinda has that boxy look i miss.

      A lot less flair than Bangle's designs... but unfortunately kinda generic. I suppose it will be less polarizing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks a little too much like the 3 series. Only the lines on the hood tell the difference.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The cammo makes it look too long, and the wheels look out of proportion... I can't shake the image of a hearse. I'm sure once it's properly revealed all doubts will evaporate though. The 5 series wagon has always been one of the most beautiful and logical cars on the road. Can't wait to see it in full glory!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If only we could have the 5 Series Touring, rather than the 5 Series "GT". The only thing "grand" about the GT is its weight -- what an ugly porker.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think sedan looks better than wagon. (with previous 5 series, it was reverse).

      Something is a bit off in with this new wagon. The hood looks too long from the profile, and the rear looks heavy...

      Not bad though. I think I like the new e-class wagon better. Who knows,
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure the reason the wagon sold so poorly here is because of a few simple things:
      1. It only comes loaded with AWD and premium-powerful engines (RWD and smaller engines would drop the price by thousands)
      2. It's priced at about $60-62k. That's a LOT - which is probably about $4000 more than a comparable X5. That's a hard $4k to justify, even if you love a wagon.
      3. Zero marketing

      I was *this* close to diving in on a 530xi, but when I really dialed it in, it was very, VERY hard to believe this car was $20,000 BETTER than a Saab 9-5 or VW Passat. Different, for sure, but the Saab offered all the same warranty stuff, a very thrilling drive, more space, exclusivity.. so that's where I went. I love the energy and build of a BMW and own a 3 series wagon -totally love it, but BMW needs to get a grip on pricing per market.

      That said, I really hope the GT is a flop enough that the wagon can come.. same with the douchy X6.
      • 4 Years Ago
      With the starting price of close to $50k the 5 wagon is very expensive. By the time you add a few basic toy's to your wish list you are in the $60k range. I own year 2000 528iT and if anything I will look for a used 535 or 530 when the time comes. With 122k miles on mine I am hoping it will take several more years before we come to that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like nearly all that BMW is doing at the moment but something is weird about this photo. Looks like it's been eating an exclusive Twinkie diet for a few months and got a big old jiggly ass as a result.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like this 5-series looks a lot better than the last one. Here's hoping it drives as well as it looks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The comments on this site is why you won't get the Touring.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Something looks off about that entire front end/hood. It just doesnt look right, it almost looks out of place
        • 4 Years Ago
        agreed, the front definetly looks weird in this picture, as if the whole car behind it was oversized...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Must be the picture. Why would they mess with the front end or the length?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. it almost looks elongated in a weird way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it looks much better in person
      • 4 Years Ago
      A sport wagon (wagen?) that is NOT an SUV or SAV or CUV or an SUV that's not square in the back.... I love it!
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