• Jun 10, 2010
2011 BMW 5 Series Touring - click above for high-res image gallery

Yup, even your family, you Yankee wagon-hater you. Sadly, this is not only true, but we've known about it for some time. Americans, it seems, are so in love with all modes of transportation that are slightly raised up off the ground that we have no appetite for station wagons. Even sporty ones. So says BMW. Instead, we get the rather mutated looking Gran Turismo. Just sayin'. With that out of the way, allow us to introduce you to the 2011 BMW 5 Series Touring, "Touring" being the preferred BMW nomenclature for station wagon and/or station wagon you can't have.

We know, we're bitter and it shows. But listen to how BMW describes the 2011 5 Series Touring, "The new BMW 5 Series Touring is the perfect symbiosis of driving pleasure, efficiency, versatility and sporting elegance." We want that, right? After all, there's really nothing new here except the fact that it's a station wagon. One, we might add, that we can't have! Again, there's nothing really new here.

At heart, we're talking about the new BMW F10 5 Series, a car we like very much. And if you click through the gallery of the new Touring, you'll notice just how easy it is to fit your dog into the back of it. Well, not your dog, if you know what we're getting at. Once again, *sigh.* Full press release after the jump.



[Source: BMW]

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The new BMW 5 Series Touring. Efficiency meets driving pleasure, elegance meets versatility.

The new BMW 5 Series Touring is the perfect symbiosis of driving pleasure, efficiency, versatility and sporting elegance. The 4th generation of the Business Touring convinces through powerful design aesthetics, modern premium-level functionality and brand-typical driving dynamics combined with exemplary efficiency. Extensive comfort and safety features, which include numerous BMW-exclusive driver assistance systems, substantiate the outstanding qualities of the new BMW 5 Series Touring as an upper midrange touring car.

Design: individual styling, sporting elegance.

The design of the new BMW 5 Series Touring is characterised by a high
level of individuality with regard to its proportions and surface design. Its uniqueness is reflected by dynamic and powerful looks. With its long bonnet, short overhangs, the longest wheelbase in its segment, the stretched silhouette and a steeply inclined roofline, the new BMW 5 Series Touring possesses an elegance unrivalled by its competitors.

Versatility: intelligent solutions for modern functionality.

Thanks to a multi-functional interior and intelligent detail solutions, the new BMW 5 Series Touring is fully equipped to meet the most diverse demands. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 560 litres. If desired, an increase in capacity to a maximum of 1,670 litres is guaranteed by 40 : 20 : 40 split folding rear seats, which are unique in this segment. The backrest angle is variable by up to 11 degrees. The backrest can be folded down using two control levers inside the luggage compartment, the loading space cover of which is automatically lowered when the tailgate is closed. The separately opening rear window automatically swings upwards at the push of a button.

The driving experience:
supreme dynamics and outstanding comfort.


The most advanced drivetrain and suspension technologies ensure supreme sportiness and a higher level of motoring comfort. Optional Dynamic Driving Control enables drivers to set the suspension individually to their personal requirements. The new BMW 5 Series Touring features as standard pneumatic suspension on the rear axle, including automatic self-levelling. Adaptive Drive and Integral Active Steering are optionally available.

The new BMW 5 Series Touring is making its debut with a choice of two straight-six petrol engines as well as a four-cylinder and a six-cylinder diesel. The BMW 520d Touring is powered by a 135 kW/184 bhp four-cylinder turbo diesel power unit featuring an aluminium crankcase and Common Rail direct injection. It is equipped with Auto Start Stop function as a standard feature, and with an average fuel consumption of 5.1 litres/100km (55.4 mpg) and a CO2 emission level of 135 g/km in an EU test cycle, it achieves the best efficiency in its segment.

The straight-six engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo under the bonnet of the BMW 535i Touring, with High Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC, develops a power output of 225 kW/306 bhp. Maximum power output of the straight-six engine featured in the BMW 523i Touring in lean operation is 150 kW/204 bhp. The BMW 530d Touring features a straight six-cylinder diesel with a 180 kW/245 bhp output. Thanks to BMW BluePerformance technology it fulfils the EU6 emission standard. All versions of the new BMW 5 Series Touring fully comply with the EU5 requirement.

BMW EfficientDynamics:
BMW 5 Series increases the lead even further.


All versions of the new BMW 5 Series Touring are optionally available with BMW's eight-speed automatic transmission. Like the electro-mechanical power steering EPS utilised on all variants, it makes an additional contribution towards efficiency. Depending on the model, the standard BMW EfficientDynamics measures comprise brake energy regeneration, Auto Start Stop function (BMW 520d), gearshift point indicator, demand-dependant ancillary components and active air flap control. An intelligent lightweight construction is obtained through doors, bonnet, front side panels, drivetrain and suspension components made of aluminium.

Innovative driver assistance systems by BMW ConnectedDrive.

The spectrum of features offered by BMW ConnectedDrive comprises,
inter alia, a Parking Assistant, Surround View, collision warning with brake activation in conjunction with Active Cruise Control, Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info, High-beam Assistant, BMW Night Vision with detection of persons as well as Head-up Display. Furthermore, innovative office functions can be utilised via Bluetooth.

Joint development and production together with the BMW 7 Series.

The BMW 5 Series Touring is based on a newly developed vehicle architecture also used for the BMW 7 Series luxury sedans. Joint production of the BMW 5 Series Touring, the BMW 5 Series Sedan, the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and the BMW 7 Series at the BMW Dingolfing Plant, combined with the extensive use of shared components, ensures highly efficient production incorporating maximum possible quality standards.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      WTT: 5seriesGTwhateverthehellbullcrap for this gloriously stylish proportional perfection.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I refuse to believe that more people will buy the 5 series GT hunchback edition than this. Even in America. This looks too good, and the GT looks like ass.
        • 4 Years Ago
        BMW does to their wagons what Subaru did to theirs... There a few to none on dealer lots, and Americans have a strong tendency to buy what's on the lot. So, they wander onto a BMW lot and see 24 X5s, 5 X3s, an X6 and a gaggle of 5 GTs. If they're on one of the few BMW lots that even HAS a 5 Touring, that's way at the back hidden by the flock of X5s.

        When I bought my '05 Legacy GT wagon in 2005, there were only 3 Legacy Wagons at dealers within 150 miles of my house. I NEVER saw a US ad for the Legacy Wagon, and very few for the Legacy sedan in fact. At least I got mine, and I hope it lasts until there are more choices (and/or I hope the few good choices out there last until I need to replace the Legacy.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sales of the GT have been below projections, but for the partial year BMW has already sold three times as many GTs as they sold wagons last year (1200 vs. 400). BMW believe launching with the V8 only may have been a mistake, and that the less expensive 535 GT will boost sales further. Don't discount that the GT has a great deal more rear seat room because of its much longer wheelbase, and that seat down, it has about the same cargo volume; while seat up, it has more trunk space than a similarly-sized 7-series.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh man I want it so bad. Gorgeous.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Also the snow comment isn't true. I have made my way out of some serious deep snow in my Magnum with AWD. All while carrying snowboards and bags without having a carrier on the roof. Couldn't find anywhere if the BMW is AWD?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Such a shame. Just got one of the last E61 wagons and love it so much more than my dad's X5. Would be perfect as a torquey turbodiesel like everyone in Europe has. Alas, Americans have no taste for anything unless it's big and loud.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The US is the second largest market for BMW and we get the most restricted product offering. Why does your butt feel sore? The US is the world's most competitive automotive market which drives prices down. In the attempt to keep margins up they try to sell the fewest models with the most constipated option list. Don't confuse these actions with manufacturing costs. The plants are designed to be agnostic with respect to RHD/LHD, powertrains and options without affecting the production rate. Could they sell manual transmissions? Yes they could but they would rather force you buy the automatics, raise the list price and maintain margins. For similar reasons they load most options in packages to force you to load up. Admittedly the US market is mostly sold out of inventory while Europeans have theirs made to order which also reflects the size of the dealerships. US dealers have acres of cars for immediate sale while European dealers have just enough cars to allow the buyer to see the full range of models and options. To allow US buyers that freedom could be done but it complicates inventories and potentially reduces margins.

      A note to those owners who buy BMW's and have traditionally kept them for 150,000 miles with low maintenance costs. Those days are over thanks to the new design automatics and catalytic converters (diesels). According to my independent repair facility diesel catalytic converters are failing at mileages just over 100,000 miles and the new automatics at 75,000 miles and this is on vehicles maintained and far better than the book. The cost of a new diesel converter is $2,300 and a BMW rebuilt 7 series tranny is over $9,000. He expected that the market for high mileage cars will plummet once the potential for high maintenance costs gets factored in. If you can imagine many years ago a Chicago courier service used 2002 coupes because they lasted for 400,000+ miles with low maintenance costs. Those days are certainly long gone.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Give me my 116d hatch or give me death!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uh, it's not too cool for us--we're too cool for it.

      And that's a damn shame.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's a shame...

      Volvo V70 is getting the axe too.

      I hope Mercedes keeps its E wagon...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm American, too. And I have a Passat wagon--probably the last one sold here, with a stick shift, no less. More room, more fun than an idiotic SUV. Sheesh, really, what a stupid bunch of people sometimes. And BMW isn't blameless, either, building those monstrosities like the X5 and X6. A pox on them--I hope they get fined when the mileage regs get stricter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I take issue with the title of this article. The word 'cool' and 'BMW' haven't gone well together since the original M6.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great. ANOTHER awesome car we won't see here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW is becoming more of a fashion brand than a performance brand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A really dumb attempt to present the 5 Touring as "automotion unobtanium". We should be soooooooooooooo grateful when BMW finally relents, and "allows" us to purchase one. (HINT: BMW, don't bother. Eat it for breakfast. I'll buy Mercedes.) Signed: [Current] BMW Owner.
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