Next-generation BMW 5 Series Touring will do battle with Audi's A6 Avant and Jaguar's XF Sportbrake when it goes on sale in mid-2017

The next-generation BMW 5 Series Touring has been spotted testing ahead of its planned arrival towards the middle of 2017.

Set to go on sale around three months after the 5 Series saloon arrives in dealerships earlier in the year, the 5 Series Touring will rival the likes of the Audi A6 Avant, Jaguar XF Sportbrake, Volvo V90 and the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate.

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As with the saloon, this latest Touring test mule shows off an evolution of the current car's design language, characterised by its thinner, wider kidney grille design. Styling inspiration has come from the new 7 Series, while influences from 2014's Gran Lusso Coupé concept might also be adopted. At the rear, the Touring features a sloping boot with new rear light clusters.

As is traditional, BMW is expected to improve on the load space offered by the current 5 Series Touring, which offers 560 litres with the rear seats in place, rising to 1670 litres with them folded away.

Engines for the Touring will be shared with the 5 Series saloon, and will include a core range of four and six-cylinder powertrains from launch. A family of common 2.0-litre and 3.0-litre petrol and diesel units will feature, as well as a successor to the current tri-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel. That engine is a new quad-turbocharged six-cylinder unit destined for use in the firm's high-end models, and is said to develop well over 400bhp and 590lb ft.

A newly developed V8 engine will also be offered in some markets, although it's not known whether that engine will be offered in the UK.

Also available will be a BMW 5 Series Touring Hybrid model, pairing a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor, to produce a combined output of 242bhp and 295lb ft. That set-up has already been driven by Autocar in the 3 Series eDrive.

Later in the car's life cycle, BMW could also give the Touring its new 1.5-litre petrol and diesel turbocharged three-cylinder engines, helping the German manufacturer to counter increasingly strict European emissions legislation. Both petrol and diesel versions of the three-cylinder engines are being tested in combination with electric motors.

Gearbox options will include a six-speed manual and nine-speed automatic transmission.

The seventh-generation BMW 5 Series is based on a sophisticated new platform known internally as OKL (meaning Oberklasse, or 'luxury class'). Various iterations of the new platform will be seen in future generations of the X5, X6 and also the upcoming X7.

As it plans to with the saloon, BMW will be looking to drop the kerb weight of the 5 Series Touring below the 1785kg of today's 520i SE.

While the 5 Series saloon range will be crowned by the 600bhp M5, which gets a further developed version of the 4.4-litre V8 motor used by today's car, there are currently no plans to produce a touring version of the M5.

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5 August 2015

I think it might be close to losing it's indentity,i don't like how the rear is done,too samey.

Peter Cavellini.

5 August 2015
Autocar wrote:

..BMW will be looking to drop the kerb weight of the 5 Series Touring below the 2370kg of today's entry-level 518d SE Touring...[

I seriously doubt the current 518d SE Touring weighs anywhere near 2370kg!

5 August 2015
Overdrive wrote:
Autocar wrote:

..BMW will be looking to drop the kerb weight of the 5 Series Touring below the 2370kg of today's entry-level 518d SE Touring...[

I seriously doubt the current 518d SE Touring weighs anywhere near 2370kg!

Nope! 1700kg ish, which is just slightly more than a loaded F-Type...

5 August 2015

I think they use the disguise to hide the fact that the new car is just like the old one, with just a minor nose job.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

5 August 2015

"At the rear, the Touring features a sloping boot with new rear light clusters." Wow! A sloping boot AND new rear light clusters! Who would have guessed? The designers at BMW really are on fire at the moment. Seriously, it's difficult to make the silhouette of an estate car particularly distinctive, so it's the details that really matter. Insofar as one can tell from the disguised profile above, the flanks look smoother, almost Saab'ish, which I like. No sign of the traditional Hofmeister Kink on the D pillar, but I guess it's just concealed as the pillar looks suspiciously wide and the rear side window too short.

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14 October 2015

Just like every Audi A3/A4/A6, and every BMW 3/5/7 series....not to mention every 911. They just all look the same, only a complete anorak would get excited about a thinner, wider (again) kidney grille and 'new' rear light clusters.
Christ this is dull dull dull.

8 March 2016

I couldn't agree more!

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