Next-generation BMW 5 Series Touring will rival the Audi A6 Avant and Jaguar XF Sportbrake when it goes on sale in mid-2017
Darren Moss
29 November 2016

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

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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. 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 tail-light clusters.

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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 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 triple-turbocharged 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 yet known whether that engine will be available 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 combined outputs 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 six-speed manual and nine-speed automatic transmissions.

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

As with the saloon, which sheds up to 100kg compared with its predecessor, 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 used by today's car, there are currently no plans to produce a Touring version of that model. The most potent 5 Series Touring will come from Alpina and be named B5 Touring.

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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.

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.

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.


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!

29 November 2016
I, on the other hand, will have my cheque book out in about 2020 when someone else has soaked up a wodge of depreciation. Not very keen though on paying to keep tri- or quad- turbos going out of warranty, so a 550i would be just the ticket. No substitute for litres......

29 November 2016
Why do estate car manufacturers of every brand; make such a vehicle and then limit it's carrying capacity by giving the rear window such a daft slope?

29 November 2016
When will manufacturers of estate cars make a parcel shelf that can be extended when the rear seats are folded so that any luggage is hidden from prying eyes?

29 November 2016
The larger engines make a substantial contribution to extra weight ,would ne interesting to see the weight comparing 3 litre auto to the same in an F type.I expect that the next version of F type will be much lighter they had to use the Xj alloy system which is an overkill as the XE/XF was not ready at the time.

29 November 2016
as mentioned by other readers - they cram stretch widen squat etc the same old mold must be easy with 3D in the design center.
I am completely OFF all of these marques and say Jag and even the new Kodiak offer a difference and apart from the crowd. I was never one for being seen in the same crap different day.


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