• Oct 1, 2010
2011 BMW 5 Series Touring – Click above for high-res image gallery

Take a good, hard look at this vehicle, which is currently on display at the Paris Motor Show. Seems like it would be the perfect alternative for someone who wants a luxury SUV but doesn't need a vehicle that large. It also appears to be the perfect car for a person who wants cargo room yet despises luxury crossovers. This is the 2011 BMW 5 Series Touring – and we can't have it.

Wagons are, quite unfortunately, going the way of the dodo in this country. A vehicle that makes too much sense won't sell in a country where sense is tossed into the wind. The problem is, that's part of what makes this country great – the idea that we can go and buy a V10-powered Ford Excursion even if we just use it to drive the kids to soccer. Yet, that vehicle only makes sense for a small number of people, and those people are buying better tools for their job anyway.

The 2011 BMW 5 Series Touring, assuming of course that you are looking for a luxury car, makes far more sense to far more people. It fits just as many people as the high-riding crossover alternative, while also providing just as much cargo space. It's arguably better looking than any crossover or sport utility vehicle. More importantly, it has loads of useful space while at the same time being a blast to drive. The only area it would fall in a comparison would be in regards to towing.

You can view the stats for the 2011 BMW 5 Series Touring in the press release after the jump, but it doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. We won't get to enjoy the 306 horsepower 535i Touring, or any other variant of this wonderful wagon. And before it's even left in the 'comments', yes, we know all about the BMW 5 Series GT.

Photos copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / AOL

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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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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd take a 5-Series Wagon over a 5-Series Grand Touring and day of the week. Can you import one?
      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, you can see by all the crowds collecting around it in the pictures how popular it really is in Europe. Score.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Geez, couldn't they sell 'em as special order?

        Would that be that tough? They're already building 'em. They're probably 99.9% certified for US law. So why not import 'em upon request?
      • 4 Years Ago
      will they make M5 touring this time? I hope they will.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Boy this sounds familiar...and a tad more luxurious ;)


      My first Car was an '86 Bonneville Grand Safari wagon with a rocking v8 and top of the line trim, read: power everything, sunroof and an whole herd of dead cattle dyed tan. I miss luxury performance wagons (OK, that's a stretch for the Pontiac, I know).
      • 4 Years Ago
      "appears to be the perfect car for a person who wants cargo room yet despises luxury crossovers."

      CTS Wagon.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The list of available wagons also includes:
      Audi A4 Avant
      Audi A6 Avant

      Of course there is about a 10% premoum over the sedan counterparts. Does that reflect market demand for wagons, or are there somehow higher costs?


      "what makes this country great – the idea that we can go and buy a V10-powered Ford Excursion even if we just use it to drive the kids to soccer. Yet, that vehicle only makes sense for a small number of people, and those people are buying better tools for their job anyway. "

      Help me out with this. Is the author saying that what makes the country great is that manufacturers build cars that people don't buy?
      • 4 Years Ago
      As someone who actually ponied up for a euro wagon, it hurts every time we lose a model. I have asked at auto show booths and usually get some remark like "all of you want a diesel, manual wagon." I retort, well, yeah, look at the Jetta wagon, 80% are TDI. Then they respond, "but look at the total volume of that model." It is a shame that they cannot find enough buyers here to justify this wagon as I do not think the higher priced GT is a direct replacement. That Volvo wagon looks great too...Sniff, sniff
      • 4 Years Ago
      I may get down ranked, but I'd bet a month's pay that even if the 5er wagon was available, all you here that say you'd buy it, wouldn't even make good on your promise. A 535i touring would cost well over 60k equipped. How many of you would honestly spend 60 large on a wagon?

      For 60k, I'd buy a Disco, RR Sport, X5, Q7, Escalade...and since I'm sure most of you are married, I'm sure that's what the wife would sign off on one of the above gas hogs, gas be damned.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My wife's last car was an A4 3.2 Avant and her current car is a 328xi Sports Wagon, so if we were in the market for something slightly bigger, we'd *absolutely* buy a 5 Series Touring over any of the SUVs you mentioned. We have no love for SUVs because they make no sense for us (like many, if not most people who buy them) and most SUVs handle like the tall behemoths that they are.

        So, we're putting our money where our mouths are, but we're also very much in the minority. I just hope they bring one more generation of 3 Series Sports Wagon to the U.S. when the new model shows up in 2012/2013. If not, BMW will probably lose a customer. But I'm sure they'll make it up selling X3s...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good point...except that I'm pretty sure you WILL find a lot of people here who are, indeed, putting their money where their mouths are, present company included. Import fewer, make us special order them, but just don't try to sell us an SUV. Don't need it, don't want it.

        Oh, and to my immediate predecessor - I almost bought a 328xiT, except it was seriously down on power compared to the 2009 A4 (sedan) I already had. Another fail - BMW offering only the small 6-cyl. Ended up back-trading for the A4 3.2 Avant your wife had. Stepping on the throttle makes me absolutely giddy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So true... I don't mind spending the $60K and I absolutely love wagons, but my wife would always drive an SUV over a wagon...

        If I could have gotten my M3 sedan as a wagon, it would've been the perfect car...
      • 4 Years Ago
      More stuff I want but cant have. I'll have to go down to the local BMW dealership and toy with them.

      Me: My 02 X5 has over 100K on it. It still runs well, but I have been thinking about a new car.
      Sales Person: Great, what did you have in mind?
      Me: Well, I do like the looks if the new 5 series, but I like to have a bit more flexibility. When will the 5 series wagons be showing up?
      Sales Person: Unfortunately we won't be getting the wagon, but wave something even better. Take a look at this 5GT!
      Me: That! (Burst into laughter) Good one! But seriously, when will the 5 series wagon be showing up. (continue chuckling)
      Sales Person: Actually, I am serious. We won't be getting the 5 series wagon in the US, but let me show you the 5GT, I think...
      Me: (No longer laughing) Really? (pause) Say, do you happen to know where the nearest Audi dealership is?
      • 4 Years Ago
      As Kitman pointed out few months ago, it's not that people don't want high-end wagons, it seems like the manufacturers are going out of their way to stop them buying them. He uses the case of BMW, where you could buy a five series wagon, but an equivalent X5 was something like 15K-20K cheaper.

      Volvo - gone
      Allroad - gone
      Outback - turned into a crossover
      Five Series - gone

      Looks like it's just the E Class left

      I'm going to write a sad country song now...

      Small pickups and big wagons
      You walked out on me....
      Left my dogs and me by the side of the road...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the Saab Wagon will be the last one standing! (coming out next spring) Yay!.... I just moved a friend to Phoenix in my 2006 Saab Wagon. It took a bike and all his crap. Did it at 28 mpg and at 80-90 miles an hour the whole way! whoosh!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Garris - Agreed. I traded in my 2009 A4 sedan for a 2007 A4 Avant (the former replaced a 2002 A4 Avant which an 80-year-old "took care of" for me with her Sentra), and couldn't be happier. And I was SERIOUSLY shopping Sportcombis, too - a well-powered Saab 9-3 wagon (motivated by all 4 wheels) would have been great to find...emphasis on "find," which I couldn't (for the money I had). Sure, I'm now an Audi guy x3, but I still smile when I see a Sportcombi. More like a kindred spirit of the wagon world, a dying breed.

        But yes...I also like the wagon versions of the Euro small-car group. MBZ quit the C-wagon years ago, and when I saw what the Euros are getting (and we're not), I swear a singular tear rolled down my cheek. BMW didn't offer enough powertrain combos for its 3-series wagons, which to me, begins to spell its demise from American highways. I take every opportunity I get to send the message to Audi - don't axe the Avant. (Oh, and to my friends in Munich - would it hurt to offer a 330xiT?)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I just put a hold/downpayment on a CPO 6-speed manual 2008 Saab Turbo-X Sportcombi (Saab term for wagon). I think it's absolute craziness that Americans won't embrace wagons. I compare how much more that Saab will swallow than CUV's while also being an amazing drive...

        In my opinion, the absolute best looking variants of almost all of the current entry level lux sedans (3-series, A4, CTS, 9-3, etc) ARE their wagon versions. The previous 5-series especially looked great as a wagon, so-so as a sedan.

        The world continues to turn upside down...
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