Update - BMW Australia has confirmed the 5 Series Touring will be offered locally in the second half of 2017. See bottom of article for details


The 2017 BMW 5 Series Touring has been revealed, adding a more practical option to the 5er line-up when it arrives in European showrooms this June.

Measuring 4943mm long, 1868mm wide and 1498mm tall, the new 5 Series Touring is 36mm longer, 8mm wider and 10mm taller than the previous-generation, while the wheelbase is 7mm longer at 2975mm.

Despite the larger dimensions, the new 5 Series wagon is up to 100kg lighter than the model it replaces thanks to the new platform shared with the sedan.

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Behind the rear seats is a 570L boot - 10L more than before - which expands to 1700L with the second row folded flat. Like the current-generation, the 5 Series Touring features a separately opening rear window which provides quick access to the luggage area.

The new 5 Series Touring picks up the same infotainment and driver assistance upgrades as the sedan, including a semi-autonomous steering and lane control assistance (up to 210km/h), remote parking assistant, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with gesture control, wireless phone charging and Apple CarPlay, along with full-LED headlights with integrated daytime-running lights.

From launch the wagon will be offered with just four turbocharged engines - two petrol and two diesel.

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Kicking off the petrol-powered range is the 530i Touring, which utilises a 2.0-litre turbo four pot developing 185kW and 350Nm, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. 0-100km/h sprint takes 6.5 seconds, on its way to an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h.

Next up is the 540i xDrive Touring, which gets a 3.0-litre turbo six producing a meatier 250kW of power and 450Nm of torque, sending drive to all-four wheels via an eight-speed automatic. The extra punch cuts the 0-100km/h time to 5.1 seconds, with the top speed electronically-limited to 250km/h.

First up for the oilers is the 520d Touring, powered by a 140kW/400Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel, mated to a standard six-speed manual, or optional eight-speed auto driving the rear wheels. It takes 8.0 seconds to reach 100km/h from a standstill, and pulls all the way to 230km/h (225km/h auto).

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Rounding out the engine line-up is the 530d, which is offered in both rear-wheel drive and xDrive all-wheel drive versions. Under the bonnet is a 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-diesel producing 195kW of power and 620Nm of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic.

The six-cylinder diesel goes from 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds, or 5.6 seconds with xDrive, and has a top speed electronically-limited to 250km/h.

 

Australia

The all-new 5 Series Touring is set for a global launch in June, though BMW's local arm is yet to confirm whether the mid-size wagon will be offered locally.

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Update: Speaking at the BMW Australia 2017 range event last week, Marc Werner, CEO of BMW Group Australia, confirmed the 5 Series wagon would arrive locally in the second half of 2017.

While pricing and specifications for our market are still to be confirmed, the 5 Series Touring one of two competitors in the medium luxury wagon segment, with its only natural rival being the Volvo V90.

The Audi A6 Avant is offered solely in high-performance RS6 guise, while Mercedes-Benz opted not to bring the E-Class Estate Down Under at all. Wagon fans can now rejoice.