Official Debut: 2011 5 Series Wagon

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The F11 is here. Today BMW officially took the wraps off of the latest generation 5 Series wagon and it ‘s taut, sleek and all the things the 5er GT is not. In fact of all F1X 5 Series variants we think the F11 is the best looking yet.The new 5er wagon will launch with two petrol models (the 523i and 535i) and a handful of diesels starting with the ultra efficient 520d (which returns 45 mpg US). The official introduction follows with the full release available as a PDF and the end.

Official Release: 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 5.2 litres/100km (54.3 mpg) and a CO2 emission level of 137 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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  • lava

    will do everything I’d ever need or want better than an SUV

  • Evan

    Please bring this and the F11 to the USA. I don’t want an X1, X3, or X5 and especially not a GT. Just one of these amazing tourings!

    Thank you BMW.

  • Kenn

    Agree with Evan (above). The F11 is far more suitable to many more people in the USA than the GT. I’ll take the 520d (as shown) or a 530d with a manual transmission. The F11 has all the technology and luxury I want along with the athleticism and charisma that BMW delivers moreso than any other marque. BMWNA, are you li$tening?

  • Chris W.

    I love it, love it, love it!!! Looks even better than the sedan. What a shame that the U.S. market can’t get its act together. This is by far a perfect example of what a utility vehicle should be.

  • Matt

    I’ll buy one if they sell it in the US–much better looking than the sedan

  • JonPD

    Great development, still cannot understand how the Tourings lost out to SUV(SAVs) in the US. Think the US is just addicted to big vehicles without realizing they are actually not gaining much if anything over a vehicle like this.

    Great job BMW

  • Bill W.

    We all just need to start calling dealers and asking them for it, or why they’re not getting it. And not buying SAVs in the interim.

    Someone could start a nice side business grey-marketing these to the US.

  • Mark

    A current E61 owner I’m in 100% agreement with Evan. When I replace my current 5 series touring. I don’t want an X1, X3, or X5 and especially not a GT. To quote BMW “The new BMW 5 Series Touring perfect symbiosis of driving pleasure, efficiency, versatility and sporting elegance”. If that’s true then sell it in the US. OK volume will be low, but Mercedes Benz and Audi both have premium wagons in the US, and a 328 is a big step down from the F11. As for GT: I’m not going there, period.

  • carl

    I like the new 5 touring, esp compared to the previous gen… i have a 02 540i touring, it is an awesome car – quick, handles great, holds a decent amount of stuff (not a huge amount, but pretty good), great for our family.

    it would be great if they brought over the deisel, i’d love if they brought the V8 but i can’t see it happening – a wagon with 400hp would be sweet.

    if they dont, well, audi & mercedes have nice wagons, and the new caddy wagon is pretty nice as well (esp if they put that 535hp v8 in it)


  • m8o

    I guess I’m the only one in the world that would want an xd not just a d.