It almost seems as if BMW just started selling the current-generation 5 Series, yet one of our spy photographers has already spotted a next-generation prototype in Touring form. Little is known about the luxury wagon in this early stage of testing, but it is expected to weigh much less than the current car, which, in 528i Touring guise with an automatic transmission, tips the scale at over 3,800 pounds. It is also expected to have the latest in driver-assistance technology. Despite the weight savings, and judging from the photos, it looks to have proportions similar to the current car, but don't expect the makeshift headlight and taillight clusters to make it onto the production model.

The crucial question for potential Touring customers in the United States is whether BMW will do the unexpected and import it here. The company's track record indicates that it will be sold in Rest of World markets only, but we're hoping that the next 5 Series will end the Touring's U.S. hiatus (and the 5 Series Gran Turismo's reign), which began in 2003 at the end of the E39 generation.


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      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Please BMW, you must bring us the wagon! In turbo diesel form! With a manual!" Said everyone that would never actually buy one.
        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        *never actually buy one until it has had 3 years to depreciate.
        sp33dklz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        Because most of American drivers spend more time facebooking and texting in their cars on long commutes or sitting in drive-through's and don't undestand the joy's of driving. I don't blame BMW either, we're a cookie-cutter country buying cookie-cutter cars.
        Tina Dang
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        BINGO
      MJL73187
      • 1 Year Ago
      The E60 wagon was sold here from 2006 until 2010, as the 530xit and then the very yummy 535xit!
      cslc86
      • 1 Year Ago
      As someone who participated in a BMW design think tank for the 2016 5-series I can say that the car is considerably more streamlined, losing the visual heft of the current model and adopts more 3 series-esque design cues in order to imbue it with a specific identity between the 3 and 7 series versus the current vehicles mini 7 demeanor.
      k.naz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just bought mine... smh. As soon as I bought my '13 F10, the refreshed '14 came out, now this? What happened to bringing out a new car every 6-8 years? -_-
      rottnut
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've got a 2009 E61 Touring, and love it! I would buy a new one tomorrow if I could.... They sell VERY well in New England, and I see other Tourings on the road almost every single day.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      It broke down already?
        Rich
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Its a BMW, thats what they excel at.
      manure
      • 1 Year Ago
      BMW is a pale imitation of what it used to be. The 3, 5 and 7 (and 8) all used to be relevant. Now the 5 is a fugly joke. The 7 is totally pointless, given how large the 5 is. The 6 is fairly good looking but still not what a 90s 7 series was, in terms of prestige. The 3 is great -- because it's halfway between the old 3 and old 5 in performance. The ridiculous 1 series... never mind. Here's hoping BMW gets on the ball.
        Winnie Jenkems
        • 1 Year Ago
        @manure
        You just named all the good cars. The 7 is a proper luxury flagship (though not nearly as attractive as teh sex E38).. the 5 is handsome and competent (but yes, bloated, and it can't touch the venerable E39). The 3 is still the segment benchmark (though it has grown, and I still like the E46 better) and the 1 is what the 3-series used to be. No, I don't like the direction the company has taken lately either, and yeah, I long for the BMW lineup circa 2001, but these are BMW's core modes, and they sell. A lot. If you're going to complain, let's talk about the hideous X6 and 5GT, the constant model bloat, the end of the classic M3 coupe and the ridiculous & convoluted naming structure.
      Reader Andy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mmmmm, yes. We did get an E60 wagon but only in 30i and later 35xi I berlieve. Also, welcome Damon! Glad to see you got this gig, you were the only guy at the circuit with intelligent thoughts on autos. Still got the 944?
      tool0117
      • 1 Year Ago
      4 series can now be optioned up to 70k. We looking at $70k-$90k for this? BMW is a joke now, honestly. It makes me so sad
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Other than the five people on Autoblog nobody else would buy it.
        Basil Exposition
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        No, those 5 would not buy it ether. At least not until it is min 3 years old and lost half its value.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        sp33dklz
        • 1 Year Ago
        Unless you're Subaru, and can't sell anything BUT a wagon. BMW, Merc, and Audi suck at marketing their Estate / Touring / Avant line's here in the US.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sp33dklz
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      Vien Huynh
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the benz is better..... E class...
        Vien Huynh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Vien Huynh
        BMW isn't what they used to be, light weight and driving machine. Now they are more like bloated cars.
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