The Bavarian maker unveiled the official details on the station wagon version for the sixth generation 5-Series. Of course there are no news if the new 5-Series Touring will ever be offered on the US market, but we can only hope!

When the new model will go on sale (later this year on the European market), it will be offered with a choice of two straight-six petrol engines as well as a four-cylinder and a six-cylinder diesel. The base version, BMW 523i Touring is powered by a straight-six engine developing a total of 204 bhp, while in the 535i Touring the output is raised to 306 hp. As for the diesel versions, the 520d Touring is powered by a four-cylinder turbo diesel engine that develops 184 hp and the 530d Touring features a straight six-cylinder diesel with a 245 hp output. All engine are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox.

The new 5-Series Touring will offer a long list of features: 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.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

Press 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

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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 selflevelling. 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

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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, demanddependant 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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The body design of the new BMW 5 Series Touring signalises sophisticated elegance combined with active sportiness. Its dynamically stretched silhouette, side window surfaces extending to the rear end and a coupe-like roofline result in a unique interpretation of the touring concept that corresponds to the appealingly well-balanced character of the new BMW 5 Series Touring. Sporty handling characteristics, modern functionality in a high-class ambience and variably utilisable interior space offering possibilities for numerous activities are authentically expressed through powerful aesthetics, sophisticatedly designed surfaces and elaborately executed details. Moreover, like the new BMW 5 Series Sedan, the vehicle’s elegant appearance reflects both the representative status and the enhanced motoring comfort of this latest touring model in the upper midrange segment.

The communalities in design of the new BMW 5 Series Touring and the new BMW 5 Series Sedan are restricted to the front end and extend to the B-pillars of the body. As a result, the touring model also possesses an expressive and carefully styled front end, including the features typical of BMW, which have been reinterpreted for this series. In addition, all crucial design principles, which also characterise the appearance of the sedan, have been implemented on the new BMW 5 Series Touring in a form that corresponds to the model-specific car body concept. Thanks to sculptural styling, the body of the new BMW 5 Series Touring appears to be made from one cast. Perfectly balanced proportions reflect a harmonious weight distribution between the front and rear axles. The long bonnet, short overhangs and a dynamic, wedge-shaped silhouette provide the vehicle with a sporty and active, forward-moving appearance. Like the sedan, the new BMW 5 Series Touring has the longest wheelbase in its segment, measuring 2,968 millimetres.

Through precisely contoured vehicle surfaces the car makes an eventempered and superior overall impression at first glance. Only from a shorter distance and from a different perspective do the subtle light and shade effects become visible, revealing the three-dimensional character of the convex and concave surfaces. Elaborate details such as chrome design elements with integrated side indicators, door openers embedded into the side contour lines and the harmonious roofline extending to the trailing edge underline the premium character of the new BMW 5 Series Touring. The counter-swing – also known as the “Hofmeisterknick” – for the rear section of the integral side window surround at the base of the D-pillar is both a characteristic and sophisticated element.

Charismatic appearance: concentrated look and a forward-moving character

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The expressive front end of the new BMW 5 Series Touring convincingly accentuates the sporting and representative character of the model through brand-typical but reinterpreted design features. The upright BMW kidney grille, which even appears to be leaning forward when viewed from certain perspectives, symbolises the vehicle’s forward-moving character and, together with the powerfully flared wheel arches, gives the car a charismatic presence. Four contour lines sweeping down into the kidney grille split the bonnet into individual sections. The two middle lines meet above the kidney grille, surrounding the BMW logo. The wide air intake with round fog lamps positioned far to the outside provides a particularly sporting note through its division into three sections, with two horizontal bars dividing the air scoop on both sides. These bars extend further on to the inside at kidney grille level, rendering the centre section of the air intake one complete, harmonious unit. Together with the contours of the air intake rising up to the outside, they emphasise the width of the front end, directing the onlooker’s eye onto the wheel arches.

The headlight units extending far into the side panels also serve to emphasise the width of the car. The actual light sources are two cylindershaped headlights, with the dual round headlights cut off at the top by a trim panel creating the concentrated look so typical of a BMW and reminiscent of an athlete on the starting line. In conjunction with the optional Xenon headlights, the daytime driving lights incorporate quite unmistakable LED light rings, while the direction indicators moved far to the outside are made up of ten LED units each. As a final highlight, an LED focus light marks the upper end of each headlight unit.

Side view: dynamically stretched contours, flat silhouette

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The handling characteristics of the new BMW 5 Series combine superior agility with outstanding riding comfort. An adequate balance between sportiness and elegance is also reflected in the design of the new BMW 5 Series Touring. The side view particularly emphasises this fact. With its stretched contours, the vehicle has a particularly flat silhouette. This is emphasised by the slightly wedge-shaped geometry of the extended window surfaces and the distinctive contour line at door opener level. This contour line runs parallel to the door cavity covers and extends as far as the taillight. Together with the coupe-like roofline it creates an overall impression of being dynamically stretched. Also, the narrow body trim above the windows gives the new BMW 5 Series Touring an air of lightness and elegance.

In the lower sections of the body, concave surfaces create lively light and shade effects, emphasising the sporting character of the BMW 5 Series Touring. Greater curvature around the rear wheel arches bears testimony to rear-wheel drive. At this point, the body boasts its maximum width, standing firmly on the rear wheels. The dynamic contours of the vehicle are further emphasised by the counter-swing – also referred to as the “Hofmeisterknick” – at the bottom of the D-pillar. Furthermore, the new versions of the optional roof luggage rails, which are flat-mounted, solid one-piece elements, contribute towards the silhouette’s appearance. The roof luggage rails, available in satin finish aluminium, black and individual black, are flush with the roofline at the rear where their contours merge with the side edge of the roof spoiler.

Powerful looks, wide luggage compartment hatch: rear end design signalises sporting and active versatility

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The sculptural design so characteristic of the BMW 5 Series is also responsible for a smooth transition between the side panels and the rear end of the new touring model. The contour lines continue in the contour of the taillights and join above the number plate recess. Furthermore, seen from the rear, the concave surface between the contour line and he wheel arches give the body a distinctly visible waistline. The flared wheel arches and the horizontal breakdown of the rear end strongly emphasise the powerful stature of the new BMW 5 Series Touring, the wide track and the wheels ending flush with the wheel arches, further enhancing this impression.

The wide rear window surface gives indication of the generously dimensioned luggage compartment hatch. The third brake light positioned above the rear window on the visible edge of the roof spoiler is recognisable even when inactive. The vertically divided, L-shaped rear light clusters reflect a brandtypical appearance and provide an unmistakable “night design”. Two rows of LED lights recessed well into the tailgate are characteristic of homogeneously glowing BMW light elements. Moreover, the direction indicators and brake lights also feature LED technology.

Characteristic “night design" featuring innovative light technology. Innovative technology gives the new BMW 5 Series Touring a particularly striking look at night, both from the front and from behind. Through their clear shapes and precisely defined signalling effect, both the headlights and the taillights contribute significantly to the fact that even from a distance – just like the sedan – the new BMW 5 Series Touring is unmistakeably recognisable as a BMW.

The LED corona rings featured by the dual round headlights also accentuate the typical look of the brand from the front of the car in a now even more striking style. The horizontal rows of lights at the rear extending all the way into the side panels emphasise the sporting appearance of the car, the optimised looks and the signalling effect of LED technology enhancing at the same time the characteristic appearance of the new BMW 5 Series Touring.

Interior: supreme, modern style and classic orientation to the driver

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The interior design clearly accentuates both the active driving characteristics as well as the comfort features and versatile sporting character of the BMW 5 Series Touring. High-tech functions within the elegant ambience of an uncompromising premium character create a strong impression of superior, modern versatility. The cockpit is inclined towards the driver at an angle of approximately 7 degrees. And the asymmetrically designed centre console likewise emphasises a clear orientation to the driver.

The multifunction buttons on the newly devised steering wheels now also serve to operate cruise control. All control units and switches as well as the displays in the instrument cluster finished in Black Panel technology are arranged clearly and ensure optimum readability. Driver-relevant information as well as the control instruments are arranged on the side of the cockpit facing the driver, while the displays, control units and buttons serving to mastermind comfort functions are positioned more towards the middle of the car. Measuring up to 10.2 inches in size, the control display featured on the iDrive control system, which comes as standard, is integrated harmoniously into the dashboard.

The horizontal breakdown of the instrument panel underlining the generous feeling of space continues through the door linings all the way to the rear, enabling the passengers to enjoy the motoring experience in a harmoniously balanced setting. The interior trim on the instrument panel and the door linings available in various colours and materials borders at the bottom on a highlight bar in Pearl Gloss Chrome, adding a special touch of style and elegance. At the transition point from the instrument panel to the door lining, further highlight bars merging up in a sweeping line are another attractive eye-catcher.

Ample storage space, high-quality materials, attractive colour combinations

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Travel comfort inside the new BMW 5 Series Touring is further enhanced by a wide range of ergonomically and ideally positioned storage options, boxes and cupholders. In addition to the spacious glove compartment, a fold-in box on the driver’s side of the instrument panel offers further space and convenience. The centre console comes in two variants. On cars with a manual gearbox, the console is split into two sections, the black surface surrounding the gearshift lever and the buttons for the optional Dynamic Driving Control opening up towards the driver. A storage box between the gearshift lever and the a/c controls serves as a convenient place to deposit the car key. On models with automatic transmission, the centre console forms one complete surface, the space between the electronic gear selector lever and the climate control unit offering enough room for two cupholders and a key box, with a further storage box behind the iDrive Controller (where there is another cupholder on models with a manual gearbox). In this case the second cupholder is located in the storage compartment beneath the armrest.

The armrest on the centre console opens up smoothly and conveniently with vertically split butterfly flaps, revealing not only the USB, Aux-In and the optional power connection but also a very convenient and practical storage compartment.

High-quality materials and a superior finish incorporating skilled craftsmanship underline the premium ambience of the new BMW 5 Series Touring. A wide range of colour and upholstery variants offers more than ample freedom in customising the car to individual preferences. Visible seams on the leather seats, door handles and panels serve to additionally emphasise the flowing lines of the interior. The new BMW 5 Series Touring offers a choice of no less than 12 paintwork colours at market launch. For the interior of the car, there are three upholstery variants available in up to five colours each, three interior colours and five types of interior trim for individual and highly versatile combinations.


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Modern functionality and unsurpassed driving pleasure experienced only in a premium vehicle reflect the character of the new BMW 5 Series Touring. Its unique position in the upper midrange segment is the result of being able to fulfil the manifold requirements of a discerning target group in a resolute and convincing way. This applies to both the driving characteristics and the interior concept featured by the new BMW 5 Series Touring. Compared with its predecessor, its superior drivetrain and suspension technology has further enhanced sporting characteristics with the same optimised motoring comfort, whereby the optionally available Dynamic Driving Control enables drivers to set the suspension to their own individual requirements. Likewise, when utilising the interior, drivers can depend on the new BMW 5 Series Touring to adapt perfectly to each of their specific needs. Variable possibilities to increase luggage compartment capacity, intelligent details for optimising functionality and convenient operation ensure that the use of the transport capacities of the new BMW 5 Series Touring is a premium experience.

Due to a high degree of variability, the new BMW 5 Series Touring supports a versatile, active lifestyle that is characterised by varying requirements. It performs equally as convincing as an elegant and representative Business Touring as is does in the role of a comfortable family touring car, or when transporting bulky sports equipment and other items required for active leisure time. The BMW 5 Series Touring offers the driver the freedom to cope at any time with the challenges of a mobile lifestyle, whilst enjoying at the same time the elegant style and the uncompromising premium quality of a BMW 5 Series.

Increased variability through three-part rear seat backrest with adjustable angle

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When all five seats in the new BMW 5 Series Touring are utilised, a storage capacity of 560 litres is available under the luggage compartment sliding cover. Also, the possibilities for obtaining a flexible and situation-related augmentation of transport capacities have been significantly increased. This high degree of variability is achieved above all by the functionality of the rear seat backrest, a unique feature in this vehicle segment. As an integral part of the optional luggage compartment package and as an alternative to the standard adjustment, the rear seat backrest featured in the BMW 5 Series Touring can also be adjusted in an upright position. In this way either the rear seat comfort or the size of the storage compartment can be optimised as required. The locking mechanism features an adjustment wheel by which backrest tilt can be set in seven stages. This permits a reduction of the inclination angle by up to 11 degrees. When the backrest is in its maximum upright position, the luggage compartment volume is increased by a further 30 litres.

The standard features of the new BMW 5 Series Touring also include a new operational concept for partial or complete folding down of the back seat. The rear seat is 40 : 20 : 40 split folding – a unique feature in this segment. The three backrests can be either individually or jointly folded down in order to obtain a luggage compartment capacity increase of up to 1,670 litres. The result is an entirely even loading area extending to the backrests of the front seat. An optionally available ski and snowboard bag accommodating up to four pairs of skis can be pushed snugly through the centre section of the rear seat backrest and firmly fastened. Likewise, the transverse area of the middle backrest section offers ample room to store a surfboard or sports equipment of similar size between the outer rear seats.

Enhanced ease of use when increasing storage volume, folding mechanism can be activated from luggage compartment

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Releasing and folding down of backrest sections can effected either from the rear passenger compartment or by pulling one of the two control levers located at the sides of the luggage compartment. This permits fast and simple folding down of the backrest, either partially (40 : 60) or completely, whilst loading. Furthermore, the fastening mechanism for the luggage compartment cover has been further improved. When removing the cover casing, it is only necessary to press a release button to open the fasteners on both sides. Likewise, hooking up and unhooking of the separation net between the rear passenger compartment and the luggage compartment has now been optimised.

A wide, gas spring assisted opening in the luggage compartment floor offers space to safely store smaller pieces of luggage. In addition, the luggage compartment floor panel can be completely removed, creating a recess in the luggage compartment in which – using the Fix-kit from the BMW range of accessories – two bicycles with detached front wheels and
mounted on their forks can be transported in the luggage compartment of the BMW 5 Series Touring.

The luggage compartment cover is raised and lowered automatically, rear window can be opened by remote control

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Maximum permissible payload for the new BMW 5 Series Touring is 650 kg. Thanks to a now even more generously dimensioned luggage compartment hatch, it is now even easier to load bulky items for transportation. Not only the width but also the height of the hatch has been significantly increased due to a new tailgate hinge mechanism, which is completely integrated into the surface of the roof. In spite of the coupe-like roofline of the new BMW 5 Series Touring, utilisable luggage compartment height has been increased in comparison to the predecessor model. Four fastening points fitted to the luggage compartment floor as standard permit secure storing of smaller pieces of luggage using fastening straps. The stainless steel loading sill inlay is a high-quality, durable feature.

An actuator integrated into the D-pillar and which comes as standard, moves the sliding cover of the new BMW 5 Series Touring luggage compartment. When either the tailgate or the separately opening rear window is opened, the cover automatically slides upwards. As soon the tailgate or the rear window is closed, the cover is, in turn, automatically lowered. Electric tailgate operation is optionally available for the BMW 5 Series Touring. The tailgate can then be opened by pressing a button on the remote control for the central locking function integrated into the car key. The tailgate is automatically locked by pressing a button located on the lower edge of the lid. A further button on the remote control serves to open the separate rear window, which then, assisted by two gas springs, automatically moves upwards. The separately opening rear window facilitates the loading of smaller items of luggage when there is confined space available behind the vehicle.

Innovative and elaborately designed details underline the intelligent functionality that makes utilising the variable transportation capacities of the new BMW 5 Series Touring a pleasant experience. A luggage compartment package is optionally available, comprising in addition to bag hooks, fixing straps, fixing net and the four fastening points fitted as standard, two further adjustment points flexibly mounted on a rail and the backrest inclination adjustment function for the rear seat. Moreover, the new BMW 5 Series Touring can be equipped with a tow coupling featuring an electrically operated pivot-mounted ball head. Maximum permissible towed load is 2,000 kg.

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Driving Experience

The new BMW 5 Series offers Sheer Driving Pleasure in unique style, remaining faithful to the philosophy of the brand while nevertheless setting new highlights at the same time. Just like the 5 Series Sedan, the 5 Series Touring is further enhancing its leading position as the most sporting car in its segment, but also offers even more driving comfort than its predecessor. This double progress in two areas is ensured by the most advanced drivetrain and suspension technology.

The engine range featured in the new BMW 5 Series Touring boasts powerful and fast-revving petrol and diesel engines. Specifically, the range starts with two straight-six petrol engines delivering 225 kW/306 bhp and 150 kW/204 bhp respectively, with a 180 kW/245 bhp straight-six diesel and a four-cylinder diesel engine with 135 kW/184 bhp rounding off the portfolio. The suspension consists of a double-track control arm front axle and the integral V rear axle in a combination that promotes both agility and driving comfort, giving the car very harmonious anti-roll and transitional behaviour. In addition, the new BMW 5 Series Touring features as standard a rear-axle air suspension with self-levelling.

Optional Dynamic Driving Control enables the driver to adjust the set-up of the car to his personal preferences and wishes. As a further option, the new BMW 5 Series Touring may be fitted with Dynamic Damper Control or Adaptive Drive, a system that additionally offers an electronically controlled anti-roll stability management, and, as yet a further innovation in this class, BMW Integral Active Steering.

The power units in the BMW 535i Touring and the BMW 523i Touring all combine spontaneous power and performance with unique revving qualities, outstanding efficiency, and supreme smoothness. Delivering 225 kW/306 hp and offering a unique technological concept, the most powerful six-cylinder in the new BMW 5 Series clearly confirms both the sporting character of the touring and the innovative power of BMW’s engine development specialists. Indeed, the 3.0-litre six-cylinder in the BMW 535i Touring is the first engine to combine BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, High Precision Injection, and variable VALVETRONIC valve management. The turbocharger system applying the TwinScroll principle to separate the ducts of three cylinders at a time both in the intake manifold and in the turbocharger itself, as well as VALVETRONIC valve control developed to an even higher standard, ensure a fascinating response at all times.

The engine develops its maximum torque of 400 Nm/295 lb-ft all the way from 1,200 to 5,000 rpm, with maximum output at 5,800 rpm. In conjunction with High Precision Injection likewise optimised to an even higher standard, this ensures a balance of performance and fuel economy quite unparalleled in this power class. The new BMW 535i Touring accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds, its top speed is limited electronically to 250 km/h or 155 mph. Fuel consumption in the EU test cycle, on the other hand, is 8.6 litres/100 kilometres (32.8 mpg imp), the CO2 rating is 201 grams per kilometre.

The six-cylinder power unit featured in the new BMW 523i Touring comes with an even more sophisticated version of High Precision Injection with an even greater focus on efficiency. Displacing 3.0 litres, this naturally aspirated engine receives its supply of fuel by direct injection in the lean-burn mode, maintaining this highly efficient injection process with a reduced amount of fuel in the fuel/air mixture throughout a broad load range and also at higher engine speeds. This combines the fast-revving driving characteristics and the dynamic build-up of power so typical of a BMW six-cylinder with particularly low fuel consumption and emissions. In the new BMW 523i Touring, this technology provides for maximum output of 150 kW/204 hp at an engine speed of 6,100 rpm and peak torque of 270 Newton metres/199 lb-ft all the way from 1,500 – 4,250 rpm.

Acceleration from a standstill to 100 km/h comes in 8.2 seconds and the top speed of the new BMW 523i Touring is electronically limited to 231 km/h or 143 mph. This sporting performance goes together with average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 7.9 litres/100 kilometres (35.7 mpg imp) and a CO2 rating of 185 grams per kilometre.

Six-cylinder diesels: supreme torque and optional BluePerformance technology ready to fulfil the EU6 emission standard

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Representing a brand-new generation of straight-six turbodiesels, the 3.0-litre power unit in the BMW 530d Touring offers even more torque and pulling force, enhanced smoothness and supreme economy. These qualities typical of a BMW diesel are ensured by an all-aluminium crankcase, the enhanced turbocharger system with variable turbine geometry and the latest generation of Common Rail fuel injection. Fuel is supplied by means of upgraded piezo injectors now operating at a maximum pressure of 1,800 bar. The injectors
positioned right in the middle and the valves in vertical arrangement ensure a smooth and consistent combustion process, serving to reduce emissions from the engine right from the start.

This superior six-cylinder diesel develops maximum output of 180 kW/245 hp at an engine speed of 4,000 rpm, with peak torque of 540 Nm/398 lb-ft from 1,750 to 3,000 rpm. This kind of power accelerates the new BMW 530d Touring to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds and gives the car a top speed of 243 km/h or 150 mph. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle, in turn, is 6.4 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 44.1 mpg imp), with CO2 emissions of 169 grams per kilometre.

In standard trim the new BMW 530d Touring – just like all other versions of the new BMW 5 Series – fulfils the EU5 emission standard. Equipped with optional BMW BluePerformance technology available also on this model in conjunction with automatic transmission, the diesel engine of the new BMW 530d Touring offers even better emission management. In this case the diesel particulates filter and the oxidation catalyst housed in the same unit interact with an NOX storage catalyst for further reduction of nitric oxides in the exhaust gas. This high-tech exhaust gas management ensures that the new BMW 530d Touring already fulfils the requirements of the EU6 standard, which does not come into force until 2014. And like the diesel particulates filter, the NOX storage catalyst does not require any maintenance or additional operating media throughout the entire service life of the car.

Four-cylinder diesel: increased power, leadership in efficiency even greater than before

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The engine range featured in the new BMW 5 Series Touring is rounded off by an upgraded turbodiesel setting new records in terms of efficiency in this segment of the market. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel in the new BMW 520d Touring combines a composite aluminium crankcase, the latest generation of Common Rail direct fuel injection and a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry. The increase in power and efficiency over the former model ensured in this way results from consistent optimisation of the combustion chambers, the charge system and the cylinder head, as well as the new arrangement of the ancillary units helping to reduce frictional losses to an even lower level than before.

Thermodynamically optimised, the charge system in the four-cylinder diesel engine ensures an optimum flow of power at all speeds and under all loads. An electric adjuster sets the turbine blades in the turbocharger to the current load status of the engine within fractions of a second, the engine thus following the gas pedal immediately both at low speeds and under full load whenever the driver requires maximum power and performance. The fuel injection system with magnetic valve injectors operating at a pressure of up to 1,800 bar ensures precise dosage of fuel as well as a consistent, low-emission combustion process.

Maximum power of the four-cylinder is up by 5 kW to 135 kW/184 bhp at an engine speed of 4,000 rpm. Up by 30 to 380 Newton-metres or 280 lb-ft, maximum torque comes all the way from 1,750 to 2,750 rpm. This accelerates the new BMW 520d Touring to 100 km/h within just 8.3 seconds and gives the car a top speed of 222 km/h or 137 mph. Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 5.2 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 54.3 mpg imp) and a CO2 rating of 137 grams per kilometre give the BMW 520d Touring even greater leadership than before as the most efficient car in the upper midrange segment.

Optimised six-speed manual gearbox with dry sump lubrication featured as standard

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Innovative technology ensures enhanced driving pleasure and optimised efficiency also in transmitting the power of the engine to the rear wheels of the new BMW 5 Series Touring. Benefiting from dry sump lubrication, the six-speed manual gearbox on the BMW 535i Touring and BMW 520d Touring has significantly lower drag losses and avoids oil splash losses completely in the interest of even greater efficiency. Likewise, the new BMW 530d Touring and BMW 523i Touring come with new versions of the six-speed manual gearbox optimised for efficiency with conventional oil supply. The gearshift lever re-designed on all models and the shift bars again upgraded in their standard allow a smooth gearshift with optimum precision and steady shift forces, emphasizing the sporting quality of the manual gearshift so typical of BMW to an even greater extent than before.

Significant innovation with unique efficiency: eight-speed automatic transmission

The new eight-speed automatic transmission featured for the first time in the BMW 760i twelve-cylinder Luxury Performance Sedan is available as an option for all variants of the new BMW 5 Series Touring available at market launch. When fitted, this makes the new BMW 520d Touring the first car in the world to combine a four-cylinder power unit with an eightspeed automatic transmission. This innovative transmission offers a unique combination of gearshift comfort, sportiness and efficiency at a standard never seen before, far superior in every respect to the automatic transmissions offered by the competition. As yet a further option the new BMW 5 Series Touring is also available with a Sport Automatic variant of the eight-speed transmission allowing manual selection of gears by means of shift paddles on the steering wheel. The control logic applied in this case follows the principle already featured on BMW M Cars, the driver shifting up on the right and down on the left paddle. A further feature of the Sport Automatic is the special design of the electronic gearshift lever on the centre console.

The eight-speed automatic transmission boasts a particularly innovative gearset configuration, four single gearsets and five shift units interacting to provide the eight forward gears and one reverse gear. The arrangement of these components to be seen here worldwide for the first time on an eight-speed automatic transmission ensures that only two of five clutches are moved along open in each gear, significantly reducing drag losses in comparison with the automatic transmissions currently in the market. With the number of gears being increased to eight, gear increments when shifting are smaller than before despite the greater range between the lowest and highest transmission ratio. While accelerating, the harmonious shift in transmission ratios ensures a particularly smooth and steady increase in speed, short reaction and gearshift times compared to the six-speed automatic transmission, providing even greater comfort and driving dynamics.

A further advantage is that only one clutch has to be opened when shifting up or down, while direct detection of the right gear lane enables the driver to shift the transmission by more than two gears at a time, again with extremely short reaction and gearshift times. The process of shifting down from eighth to second gear when accelerating spontaneously (kick-down) again comes with a direct gearshift opening up only one clutch.

Sophisticated suspension technology for enhanced agility and comfort

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The technically sophisticated suspension on the new BMW 5 Series Touring combines very sporting driving qualities with an even higher level of motoring comfort. The double-track control arm front axle made of aluminium allows clear separation of the wheel guidance and damping functions again in the interest of motoring comfort. Hardly influenced in the slightest by lateral forces, the dampers are able to respond particularly sensitively to bumps or unsmoothness on the road. At the same time, the kinematic configuration of the front axle, with the precisely matched wheel camber, keeps the tyres smoothly and consistently on the road for optimum grip, ensuring effective transmission of high lateral forces even without a particularly firm set-up potentially detrimental to motoring comfort. Yet a further advantage is that adverse forces on the steering are reduced to a minimum, the car handling even the most dynamic driving situations with high lateral acceleration smoothly and with superior comfort.

The newly developed Integral V rear axle likewise made of aluminium also offers all the features for enhanced driving dynamics and motoring comfort. Via the wheel supports, the rear axle subframe, the swinging arm and three track arms, the rear axle takes up drive and dynamic forces acting on the suspension with maximum efficiency. Innovative elastokinematic suspension of the swinging arms, in turn, serves to set off longitudinal forces by direct, straight spring action to the rear. Forces acting in radial and axial direction on the swinging arm rubber mounts are thus clearly separated from one another. And last but not least, the rear axle ensures first-class acoustic and vibration comfort by effectively separating the suspension from the road and the drivetrain. In addition, the new BMW 5 Series Touring features as standard a self-levelling air suspension at the rear, which provides for a constant vehicle height under all driving and load conditions. Each change in load is immediately taken account of and compensated as required by the individual wheels.

On the new BMW 5 Series Touring the double-track control arm front axle and the integral rear axle form a roll axis running almost parallel to the road itself. This gives the car exceptionally harmonious and stable behaviour in bends, with the front and rear axle always interacting efficiently in their roll and transient behaviour.

Adaptive Drive: even more dynamic and with unique comfort

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As an option the new BMW 535i Touring and BMW 530d Touring come with BMW Adaptive Drive comprising Dynamic Damper Control and Dynamic Drive active anti-roll stability management. Controlled electronically, the dampers adjust both to the road surface and the driver’s style of motoring in order to prevent any undesired movement of the car possibly caused by bumps or high lateral acceleration. BMW is the world’s first car maker to use the damping system first featured in the new BMW 7 Series with continuous and independent adjustment of the inbound and rebound strokes. This offers a unique combination of a firm suspension set-up and a comfortable response to bumps on the road. The driver is able to set the damper control map himself by means of Dynamic Drive Control, choosing from a comfortable, a normal and a sporting mode. Dynamic Damper Control is available as an individual option for the BMW 520d Touring and the BMW 523i Touring.

Dynamic Drive anti-roll stability reduces side roll of the car in fast bends and in a sudden change of direction. Depending on driving conditions, sensors determine the current side roll and swivel motors in the anti-roll bars both front and rear quickly and precisely build up appropriate counterforces. This also shifts the distribution of forces between the front and rear axles, adjusting the car’s steering behaviour and load change according to specific requirements in each situation and as a function of the suspension mode chosen.

Precise and efficient: EPS Electric Power Steering making its debut in the BMW 5 Series

The new BMW 5 Series models are the first cars in their segment to feature EPS Electric Power Steering. This innovative steering system enhances both the precision and comfort of the steering process, at the same time ensuring the handling typical of BMW with maximum efficiency. Contrary to conventional mechanical/hydraulic systems, steering assistance is provided in this case by an electric motor activated only when assistance is necessary or desired by the driver. When driving in a straight line or when taking a bend with a steady steering angle, on the other hand, the consumption of energy is reduced to zero. The system is a major factor in the reduction of consumption and emissions within the framework of BMW EfficientDynamics. Precise, smooth and harmonious set-up of the steering with the feedback typical of BMW ensures maximum steering accuracy at all times. In the Sport mode of Dynamic Drive Control and with DSC switched off, the degree of steering forces is slightly increased in accordance with the style of motoring

EPS serves to control steering feedback from the system with particular precision. At the same time EPS comes as standard on the new BMW 5 Series Touring with speed-dependant Servotronic steering assistance. When parking and steering at low speeds, for example, the driver hardly has to make any effort, while at higher speeds power assistance is
intentionally reduced for optimum contact to the road and in the interest of well-balanced directional stability. A further point is that EPS eliminates bumps coming from the steering and any other adverse vibrations very effectively. And by evaluating dynamic driving signals in an appropriate process, EPS gives the driver authentic steering feedback particularly under very dynamic driving conditions. Moreover, the electric power steering provides the prerequisites for the integration of the optional parking assistant.

Integral Active Steering: greater agility in town, enhanced comfort in a quick lane change


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Available as an option, Integral Active Steering is another innovation exclusive to the new BMW 5 Series models in the upper midrange segment. IAS combines the Active Steering on the front wheels already available on the former model with rear-axle steering, the steering angle and steering assistance therefore being controlled for the first time both front and rear by electric motors.

On models fitted with Integral Active Steering, steering forces are controlled by Servotronic and the steering angle is masterminded by an additional active steering transmission acting on the front axle, in each case as a function of road speed. At the same time the system also varies the steering angle of the rear wheels through a concentrically arranged motor acting through spindle drive on the rear axle. Both front and rear, Integral Active Steering adjusts the steering angle through an electric motor masterminded by a control unit receiving data on wheel rotation speed, movement of the steering wheel, the yaw rate and lateral acceleration to ensure optimum steering behaviour under all conditions.

Active Steering on the front wheels enables the driver to manoeuvre the car smoothly and easily at low speeds with just small movements of the steering wheel and without crossing over his hands. At higher speeds, in turn, the same movement of the steering wheel turns the wheel by a smaller angle for optimum precision when steering into bends. Turning the rear wheels by up to 3 degrees, Integral Active Steering further enhances the agility and manoeuvrability of the car in city traffic and on winding mountain roads, with the rear wheels turning opposite to the steering angle of the front wheels at speeds of up to 60 km/h. This not only reduces the turning circle by approximately 0.5 metres, but also increases the driver’s motoring comfort by reducing the steering effort required.

At higher speeds, Integral Active Steering gives the car an extremely comfortable and superior response when changing lanes and in bends. With the rear wheels turning in the same direction as the front wheel, the BMW 5 Series Touring follows the course set out by the driver precisely and smoothly in every situation. When changing direction under dynamic driving conditions, the car is therefore able to master a high level of lateral acceleration without the yaw rate increasing to the same extent. This ensures a significant increase in motoring comfort.

Dynamic Drive Control: the ideal set-up for every situation

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The new BMW 5 Series Touring sets new standards in the upper midrange segment not only in terms of driving dynamics, but also in its driving comfort. Right from the start the suspension technology featured as standard provides a good balance of driving dynamics and comfort. And depending on driving conditions as well as individual preferences, the driver may place the emphasis on both the sporting and/or the comfort character of the new touring. All this is made possible by Dynamic Drive Control which, in conjunction with the optional Sport Automatic, Integral Active Steering and Dynamic Damper Control or, respectively, Adaptive Drive, comes as standard on the BMW 5 Series Touring.

Dynamic Drive Control masterminds the progressive action of the gas pedal, the response of the engine, the steering assistance map, the thresholds of DSC Dynamic Stability Control and, where fitted, also the dynamic gearshift of the automatic transmission and the control map on Dynamic Damper Control, the anti-roll stabilisation and Integral Active Steering. The driver is able to set the suspension configuration he prefers simply by pressing a button on the centre console, using a toggle switch to choose among the NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT+ modes. In conjunction with Dynamic Damper Control and, respectively, Adaptive Drive, there is also the COMFORT mode for a particularly smooth style of motoring. All this enables the driver to activate a pre-configured, fully harmonised set-up put together individually through appropriate adjustment of the car’s drivetrain and suspension components. On the road the differences between the individual modes come out very clearly indeed. The SPORT mode, for example, provides far more direct steering behaviour and a more spontaneous, direct response to the gas pedal. In addition, Dynamic Drive Control enables the driver to choose an individual configuration for the SPORT mode to meet his particular requirements. Through the iDrive control system, therefore, the driver is able to choose either the normal or the sporting set-up for both the drivetrain and suspension components. Hence, he may, if he wishes, use the sporting set-up on the drivetrain components even if road conditions would not suggest a harder damper configuration.

Another button enables the driver to choose the appropriate DSC setting. As an example, he may activate a special traction mode for starting off and driving more easily on loose sand or in deep snow. This is effected by DTC Dynamic Traction Control, a special mode of DSC, raising the response thresholds of Driving Stability Control. The DTC function for Driving Stability Control is also activated in the SPORT+ mode.

This DSC-Off mode activates an electronic locking function similar to the rear axle differential in the interest of a more sporting and ambitious style of motoring. To optimise traction, a drive wheel spinning when accelerating out of a tight bend is slowed down appropriately, with pulling forces being maintained through the other, opposite wheel on the axle.

Lightweight brake system: free of fading, precise and comfortable

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Reliable brakes free of fading, offering comfortable and convenient control, and extremely precise dosage help to further enhance the dynamic driving qualities of the new BMW 5 Series Touring. The new BMW 5 Series comes with lightweight brakes in swing-calliper technology and with inner-vented brake discs, where the friction ring is riveted on to the aluminium cover. This principle patented by BMW and now also used by other car makers, together with the aluminium callipers in frame design on the front axle, serves to significantly reduce unsprung masses.

Depending on the engine, the brake discs measure up to 374 millimetres or 14.7 inches in diameter. Together with these large brakes, the wheels fitted as standard are also larger than on the previous model. All versions of the touring come on light-alloy wheels measuring 17 inches. The tyre dimension, in turn, is 225/55 R 17. Further light-alloy wheels measuring 17, 18 and 19 inches respectively are available as an option.

The brake system is supported by DSC Dynamic Stability Control with a wide range of functions. Over and above its stabilising effect, DSC incorporates further functions for safe and dynamic motoring at all times. These include the ABS anti-lock brake system, ASC Automatic Stability Control, Trailer Stability Control, CBC Cornering Brake Control as well as DBC Dynamic Brake Control automatically maximising brake pressure on the two axles as soon as the system detects that the driver wishes to brake hard. Under extremely high brake temperatures, an appropriate increase in brake pressure prevents any fading, while regular Dry Braking optimises brake performance in wet conditions and the Brake Standby function builds up moderate brake pressure whenever the driver takes his foot off the brake pedal abruptly. And last but not least, the Start-Off Assistant supports the driver when setting off on a gradient.

Electromechanical parking brake and Auto-Hold function

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The electromechanical parking brake on the new BMW 5 Series Touring is activated by pushing the appropriate button on the centre console in one simple process. To release the parking brake, all the driver then has to do is press the same button while at the same time pressing down the brake pedal itself. This avoids unintended release of the parking brake with the ignition switched off. And while driving, finally, the driver is able to activate an ABS-controlled emergency braking function by pushing the parking brake button longer than usual.

The electromechanical parking brake comes complete with an Auto-Hold function. This combination quite unique in the market serves in particular to enhance motoring comfort in stop-and-go traffic. As soon as the car comes to a standstill, Auto-Hold automatically holds the car in position by exerting constant pressure on the brakes also on a gradient until the driver presses down the gas pedal. So he is not required to keep the brake pedal pressed down while the car is at a hold. The Auto-Hold function is activated and deactivated by a separate button on the centre console.

Driving dynamics intelligently controlled: Integrated Chassis Management and FlexRay technology

The systems incorporated in the new BMW 5 Series Touring in the interest of enhanced driving dynamics are perfectly connected by Integrated Chassis Management (ICM). This high-performance electronic control function analysing the car’s driving behaviour by evaluating numerous sensor signals at one central point, coordinates the drivetrain and uspension functions within fractions of a second to provide maximum stability under all driving conditions. And even when conditions change suddenly – for example on changing surfaces when spontaneously turning the steering, accelerating or applying the brakes abruptly – ICM responds by intervening precisely in the DSC actuators and, where fitted as an option, by acting on the Integral Active Steering and Adaptive Drive.

Interaction of the car’s suspension control systems and the drivetrain is equally unique and unparalleled, the high-speed FlexRay data transmission system serving to coordinate all systems and sub-systems fast and reliably. Developed by a consortium of specialist companies to production standard under the guidance of BMW, FlexRay offers a data transfer capacity never seen before, 20 times higher than with a conventional data transmission system. BMW is the world’s first car maker to introduce FlexRay technology in its production models.

BMW EfficientDynamics in the New BMW 5 Series Touring

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The new BMW 5 Series is the epitome of driving pleasure in the upper midrange market. Intelligent functionality adds further facets to the highly attractive touring model. The many qualities of the new touring reflect the broad range of competence offered by the world’s leading manufacturer of premium cars. The essential features thus also include an unparalleled balance of fuel economy and driving pleasure resulting from the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy featured in the new BMW 5 Series Touring worldwide as standard and in a particularly widerange of equipment and technologies. Outstanding economy and exemplary emission management are therefore further good reasons to enjoy supreme driving pleasure in the BMW 5 Series.

All drive units available for the new BMW 5 Series Touring were created as part of the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy. Apart from the petrol and diesel engines optimised for minimum consumption, various transmissions offering a particularly high standard of efficiency, lightweight construction on a broad scale, refined aerodynamics in every detail and numerous other efficiency features ensure that every version of the new BMW 5 Series offers exceptionally low fuel consumption and emissions in its respective performance class. As a result, the new BMW 520d Touring continues to strengthen its leading position as the most fuel-efficient car in its segment. In combination with automatic transmission, the BMW 530d Touring is even available as an option with BluePerformance technology. As a result, it already fulfils the EU6 emission standard today not coming into force until the year 2014. Thus, the BMW brand is consistently strengthening its leading position in the reduction of emissions for compliance with the EU6 standard.

The petrol engines in the new BMW 5 Series Touring: a perfect combination of innovations for supreme efficiency

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Offering the spontaneity, fast-revving performance and refinement so typical of the brand, combined with unparalleled efficiency, the petrol engines featured in the new BMW 5 Series Touring come with a standard quite unparalleled in the market. Both straight-six engines available for the BMW 5 Series Touring at market launch come with outstanding technical innovations created in the context of BMW EfficientDynamics. And the specific combination of technologies gives each of the two drive units its own quite unique characteristics.

The most important feature shared by the two petrol engines is fuel supply by means of second-generation direct fuel injection. Already well-known as High Precision Injection, this advanced system uses injectors positioned in the middle between the valves and in the immediate vicinity of the spark plug for the precise dosage of fuel, measurably reducing fuel consumption also in everyday traffic. A particularly efficient version of High Precision Injection is to be admired in the six-cylinder engine driving the new BMW 523i Touring. Direct injection in the lean-burn mode gives this model particularly good fuel economy. Referred to as stratified charging, this process forms various interacting layers of different fuel/air mixtures within the combustion chamber, the share of petrol in the mixture decreasing continuously with an increasing distance from the spark plug. A particularly rich and therefore ignitable fuel/air mixture is therefore available only in the direct vicinity of the spark plug. As soon as this mixture is ignited, the leaner layers at a greater distance from the spark plug will also burn in a clean and consistent process.

In the straight-six engine featured in the new BMW 535i Touring High Precision Injection is combined with turbocharging. BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology provides power and performance characteristics a naturallyaspirated engine would only be able to offer on much larger capacity, making it heavier and obviously consuming more fuel and generating more emissions. In addition, the six-cylinder in the BMW 535i Touring combines BMW TwinPower Turbo and High Precision Injection with fully variable VALVETRONIC valve control. The result is infinite adjustment of valve stroke and valve timing on the intake side, reducing throttle losses in the charge cycle to a minimum and making particularly efficient use of the energy in the fuel. A further advantage is the response of the engine optimised to an even higher standard. Developing 225 kW/306 bhp, the power unit featured in the new BMW 535i Touring accelerates this outstanding sedan to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds, combined with average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle quite unique in this class of just 8.6 litres/100 kilometres, equal to 32.8 mpg.

The permanent, ongoing development of drive units in the context of BMW EfficientDynamics also means the optimisation of weight. Hence, the drive unit in the new BMW 535i Touring is largely made of aluminium, while the straight-six engine in the BMW 523i Touring comes with a composite magnesium/aluminium crankcase again some 24 percent lighter than a comparable aluminium block.

Such optimisation of weight benefits not only the efficiency, but also the agility of the respective vehicle. All versions of the new BMW 5 Series Touring come with almost perfect 50 : 50 weight distribution front-to-rear. In combination with rear-wheel drive, such harmonious axle load distribution is indeed crucial to the dynamic and, at the same time, superior driving behaviour of the new BMW 5 Series Touring.

Full of torque, light, efficient: the latest generation of diesel engines

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The diesel versions of the new BMW 5 Series Touring also offer state-of-theart drivetrain technology. All-aluminium construction, Common Rail direct fuel injection of the latest generation and turbocharging give both the fourand six-cylinder diesels truly impressive torque and pulling force, supreme smoothness and unparalleled efficiency. The BMW 530d Touring comes with a representative of a new generation of straight-six diesels – outstanding power units featuring a wide range of innovations for unusually efficient and clean combustion. Further weight reduction compared with the former engine also serves to improve the efficiency and agility of the BMW 530d Touring. The engine displaces 3.0 litres and comes with an optimised turbocharger system with variable intake geometry providing superior power and torque from an early point.

Fuel supply through Common Rail direct injection of the latest generation is provided by piezo injectors operating at a pressure of up to 1,800 bar. Compared with the respective predecessor, the new BMW 530d Touring offers an increase in engine output by 7 kW, with average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle down by up to 4 percent.

As an option the new BMW 530d Touring with automatic transmission may be further upgraded with BMW BluePerformance Technology. Offering this unique system, BMW is once again increasing its lead in the introduction of exhaust gas management, substantially reducing nitric oxide emissions (NOX) to an even lower level. On the new BMW 530d Touring with BMW BluePerformance, the diesel particulates filter and the oxidation catalyst likewise featured as standard are supplemented by an NOX storage catalyst operating without the slightest maintenance throughout the entire lifecycle of the car and not requiring any additional operating media. As a result, exhaust management of this standard already reduces nitric oxides to the level not required by law until the introduction of EU6 in 2014.

Consistent enhancement of its four-cylinder diesel also gives the new BMW 520d Touring yet a further improved balance of performance and fuel economy. Maximum output of this 2.0-litre aluminium engine is up by 5 to 135 kW/181 bhp, peak torque is up by 30 to 380 Newton metres/280 lb-ft. At the same time, the new BMW 520d Touring offers average fuel consumption of 5.2 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 54.3 mpg imp) in the EU test cycle and a CO2 rating of 137 grams per kilometre, thus enhancing its leadership as the most fuel-efficient and lowest-emission car in its segment. Making its debut in the BMW 5 Series: Auto Start Stop function.

The new BMW 520d comes as standard with an Auto Start Stop function reducing the engine idle period when coming to a short stop at road junctions or in traffic congestion: As soon as the driver moves the gearshift lever to neutral and takes his foot off the clutch pedal, the engine is switched off automatically. Then, once the driver is able to go on, all he has to do is press the clutch to start the engine without the slightest delay.

All manual gearbox versions of the new BMW 5 Series Touring furthermore come as standard with a gearshift point indicator. An arrow symbol flashing on in the instrument cluster and specifying the optimum gear shows the driver the ideal point to shift gears. Then, depending on driving conditions, the electronic engine control unit calculates the optimum point for shifting gears in the interest of maximum fuel economy.

Brake Energy Regeneration including a recuperation display

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Likewise featured as standard, Brake Energy Regeneration, ensuring intelligent management of energy flow in the car, concentrates the generation of electric power for the on-board network on overrun and the application of the brakes. This takes the usual load off the engine and ensures highly efficient generation of electric energy largely without any additional consumption of fuel. As long as the engine is pulling the car, on the other hand, the generator is generally disconnected in order to provide more power for that Sheer Driving Pleasure so typical of BMW. In the new BMW 5 Series Touring the instrument cluster is supplemented by a recuperation display. This graphic display next to the current consumption indicator at the bottom of the rev counter provides information on the generation of electric power in overrun and while applying the brakes, the blue arrow being activated as long as Brake Energy Regeneration feeds energy generated without the consumption of fuel into the on-board network.

Electric Power Steering and on-demand management of ancillary units for reduced consumption of energy

On-demand management of ancillary units and Electric Power Steering serve to further refine energy management in the car. The coolant pump masterminded as a function of current demand, for example, consumes far less energy than a conventional system permanently running under full capacity. The pressure-controlled fuel pump, the use of on-demand pump technology on the suspension control system and the map-controlled oil pump on the BMW 523i and BMW 535i, in turn, also help to maximise the use and consumption of energy.

Introduction of a new steering system for the BMW 5 Series likewise helps to boost efficiency. The servo motor on EPS Electric Power Steering is activated only when power assistance is really required or is desired by the driver. These technologies reduce the demand for electric energy, with the amount of primary energy converted into electricity by the generator dropping substantially in the process. And with the loss of power on a conventional a/c compressor also being reduced significantly by intelligent control, the compressor on the new BMW 5 Series Touring is separated by a magnetic clutch from the drive belt as soon as the air conditioning is deactivated.

Reduction of friction losses is an overriding objective pursued consistently on all engine units and ancillaries. Use of a special light transmission fluid in conjunction with a reduced amount of fluid in the final drive reduces both friction and oil splash losses immediately after setting off. Like the new BMW 7 Series, the new BMW 5 Series Touring also comes with its final drive in aluminium, warming up more quickly and reducing thermal loads at high speeds.

The reduction of air resistance also serves to cut back fuel consumption. As a result, all versions of the new BMW 5 Series Touring come with active cooling air flaps opening or closing specifically according to current driving conditions. This further improves the aerodynamic qualities of the car whenever the demand for cooling air remains at a low level, just as the extra-smooth underfloor promotes the flow of air beneath the vehicle.

Efficient power transmission: manual gearbox with dry sump lubrication and eight-speed automatic transmission

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The new BMW 5 Series features a new generation of six-speed manual gearboxes and, as an option, an eight-speed automatic transmission. All transmissions stand out through an even higher degree of efficiency, compact dimensions and low weight. The new manual gearbox on the BMW 535i Touring and the BMW 520d Touring comes with dry sump lubrication and a modified gearset concept for even greater gearshift comfort and even lower drag losses within the gearset. Fully controlled oil supply serves furthermore to avoid oil splash losses otherwise suffered in the process of distributing large amounts of oil.

The eight-speed automatic transmission also complies in full with the principles of BMW EfficientDynamics, likewise featuring innovative gearset configuration with additional gears and a larger spread of increments versus the former six-speed automatic transmission without any negative effects in terms of size, weight and the inner efficiency of the system. Shifting gears very quickly and providing direct access to the target gear lane when shifting back for maximum acceleration, the eight-speed automatic transmission gives the new touring even greater driving dynamics and performance.

At the same time converter slip restricted to the setting-off process and reduced to a minimum even under such conditions, the high degree of inner efficiency, low frictional losses with only two clutches open at a time, longer transmission ratios in higher gears and transmission management for driving smoothly at low engine speeds, all act together to considerably reduce fuel consumption versus the former six-speed automatic transmission. Even this is not all: In combination with the eight-speed automatic transmission,
the six-cylinder models offer even lower consumption figures and CO2 ratings than their counterparts with manual gearbox. As an example, average fuel consumption of the new BMW 530d Touring with manual gearbox in the EU test cycle is 6.4 litres/100 km or 44.1 mpg imp, average fuel consumption of the same model with eight-speed automatic transmission
is 6.3 litres/100km or 45.8 mpg imp.

Intelligent lightweight construction offering even greater fuel economy

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Appropriate choice of the right materials helps to optimise weight also on the new BMW 5 Series Touring, enhancing both the agility of the car as well as its fuel economy and emission rating. This optimisation of weight combines with a further increase in passive safety and is ensured in particular through the appropriate use of high-strength multi-phase steel, ultra-highstrength hot-moulded steel and aluminium.

The large share of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel gives the safety passenger cell of the new BMW 5 Series Touring maximum stiffness and stability without the additional use of material. With optimised weight, the positive properties of the steel used allow an increase in mean body strength and stiffness by 30 percent over the former model. The standard of lightweight construction quality defining the torsional stiffness of the vehicle as a function of its footprint and weight has also been significantly improved. Spring supports made of pressure-cast aluminium enhance the driving dynamics of the new BMW 5 Series in two respects, making the entire front section even stiffer and, through their low weight, further improving the overall balance of the car.

For the first time the doors of the BMW 5 Series Touring are made of aluminium, reducing weight by approximately 23 kg or 50 lb versus a conventional structure. The front side panels, the engine compartment lid and a large number of the front and rear axle components are also made of this particularly light metal.

BMW ConnectedDrive in the new BMW 5 Series Touring

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Offering a wide range of driver assistance systems and mobility services unique the world over either as standard or optional in the context of BMW ConnectedDrive, the new BMW 5 Series sets new standards in its segment in terms of superior, comfortable and safe motoring. The range comprises a number of features presented for the first time in the new BMW 7 Series and now being introduced, again for the first time, in the upper midrange segment. The various services of BMW ConnectedDrive are supplemented by further innovations which made their world debut in the new BMW 5 Series Sedan and are now also available on the BMW 5 Series Touring. The innovations in the area of driver assistance systems include the BMW Parking Assistant, Surround View, a collision warning with brake activation function in combination with Active Cruise Control incorporating Stop & Go and a Speed Limit Device.

Also, the selection of services in areas such as traffic information, emergency call functions, vehicle, enquiry and office services, travel and leisure time planning as well as the Internet has been further enhanced. All of these features focus on the optimum integration of mobile phones and external entertainment devices into the in-car iDrive operating system. This serves as a basis for the innovative office functions available via Bluetooth. BMW is the world’s first and only manufacturer to offer these functions in the context of BMW ConnectedDrive, providing an even higher standard of infotainment in the automobile.

All of these functions available in conjunction with BMW ConnectedDrive focus consistently on three targets: to enhance personal comfort, to optimise the safety of all the car’s occupants and to offer the most modern infotainment standards in the automobile. To meet all these requirements, the exchange of information between the driver, the car itself and the surrounding world is coordinated by BMW ConnectedDrive in a particularly intelligent, target-oriented manner. Up-to-date traffic data or driver assistance systems based on camera and sensor technology give the driver all the information he needs and requires at any time. To make this possible, BMW ConnectedDrive bundles all innovative offers and technologies in the most appropriate manner, making Sheer Driving Pleasure even more comfortable, safer and intense while intentionally leaving the task of selecting information and acting appropriately to the driver as the commander in control of all activities. Benefiting from BMW ConnectedDrive and the innovative driver assistance systems offered in this way, the driver gains greater competence, supremacy and safety in virtually all driving situations. The innovative BMW Parking Assistant: extra comfort ensured through fully automatic steering and optimum user guidance.

The range of comfort- and safety-relevant driver assistance systems offered by BMW ConnectedDrive is now being supplemented by yet another important innovation. The BMW Parking Assistant, a system presented for the first time on the BMW 5 Series Sedan and now optionally available on the new BMW 5 Series Touring, supports the driver in safely and comfortably manoeuvring into parking spaces running parallel to the road.

The BMW Parking Assistant supports the driver from the start in choosing appropriate parking spaces. Ultrasound sensors integrated in the side indicator surrounds consistently measure the length and width of possible parking spaces next to the road or on the side lane when travelling at a speed of up to 35 km/h. The system thus looks for parking spaces exceeding the length of the car by at least 1.20 metres or 47 inches. Whenever the BMW Parking Assistant is not activated, this measuring process is conducted in the background without emitting any particular signals.

But as soon as the driver comes to a stop and shifts to reverse, the iDrive Control Display informs the driver of a suitable parking space by presenting an appropriate symbol. Once the driver has activated the system, all parking spaces sufficient for the car are presented while driving by. In both cases, the driver simply has to press the Controller to use the Parking Assistant for extra convenience. From this point on, all the driver has to do is operate the gas and brake pedals and supervise the actual driving manoeuvre while the Parking Assistant moves the steering wheel appropriately in order to back up precisely into the parking space available. As the main feature the driver then receives information guiding him though the parking process. Acoustic and visual messages from PDC Park Distance Control and from the Surround View system likewise available for the first time help the driver to adjust his distance from other vehicles or obstacles ahead of or behind the car in the parking space chosen.

Innovative Surround View: perfect overview when manoeuvring the car

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The new BMW 5 Series Touring is also available with a back-up camera providing images presented in colour and in an optimum perspective on the Control Display. Interactive tracking lines show the driver the optimum steering wheel angle for parking as well as the tightest turning circle. The rear-view camera is particularly helpful when hooking up a trailer, a zoom function serving to enlarge the size of the image around the towbar. Special static lines in the image help the driver in correctly assessing the distance
to another vehicle or object while an interactive docking line geared to the angle of the steering wheel enables the driver to back up to the trailer towbar smoothly and precisely.

Surround View, a BMW exclusive feature, provides an even more comprehensive and complete picture of the car and its immediate surroundings. In addition to the back-up camera and the PDC sensors, Surround View uses two cameras in the side mirrors, the data obtained in this way on the car and its surroundings being processed by a central computer. This serves to provide an overall picture presented on the Control Display and showing both the car and its surroundings from a bird’s eye perspective. This clear overview then enables the driver to manoeuvre precisely even in confined space.

Side View is a sub-system of the Surround View option providing specific assistance to the driver in appropriate situations. Side View uses two cameras integrated in the front wings of the car and serving to monitor traffic moving crosswise to the vehicle. The images obtained in this way are likewise transmitted to the Control Display and not only ensure additional comfort in manoeuvring but also provide an early overview of traffic conditions to the left and right of the car, particularly when driving out of a narrow and unclear driveway or car park.

Innovative services offered by BMW ConnectedDrive

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The range of optional services provided by BMW ConnectedDrive to the benefit of the driver of the new BMW 5 Series Touring is truly fascinating. Through BMW Assist, BMW ConnectedDrive offers the driver a wide range of helpful and user-oriented support in many situations both before setting off, while driving, and at his destination. In all, BMW Assist offers an Enhanced Emergency Call function automatically locating the current position of the car, enhanced traffic information, a comprehensive Enquiry Service and the
interactive My Info communication channel including the Google Send-to-Car function. BMW TeleServices, in turn, enable the driver, for example, to automatically arrange a service appointment for his car, data determined by the On-Board Condition Based Service diagnostic system on the current condition of components subject to wear and tear being transmitted by telephone to the customer’s BMW Service Partner. And last but not least, the new remote control functions offered by BMW ConnectedDrive enable the driver to lock and unlock the doors to his car and identify its current location down to the last metre by telephone, covering the entire world as a global service.

Innovative navigation functions: the Google services

Customers using the BMW Assist mobility service can directly access local information provided by the world’s most widely known online search engine from within the car via the Google business directory search function. Location and destination of the vehicle are automatically identified and the results within the area, i.e. the address, telephone number and distance, are then displayed. Furthermore, the results are shown on one of the familiar maps supplied by Google Maps on the Internet. Therefore, analogous to earching a business directory, it is also possible to search the Google Maps database. The results are then easily transferred to the navigation system at the push of a button.

If the URL is provided in the search result, the website can be directly accessed via the link from within the car, provided it is equipped with the optional Internet function.

Furthermore, BMW Assist customers are provided with additional information obtained from Google Maps on a specifically selected destination, using the options menu of the navigation system. This includes all current information also supplied by Google Maps on the Internet, such as pictures, reviews and opening times, for example. The BMW ConnectedDrive service “My Info” offers the additional possibility to directly transfer complete address datasets and short messages from a PC to the vehicle via the BMW Assist Internet portal. This can be done either by the driver himself or by an authorised person. “My Info” is complemented by “Send to Car” functions by which addresses can be searched for on the Internet using Google Maps and then directly transferred to the vehicle by the driver or an authorised person. This also applies to the “HRS Send to Car” with which it is possible to transfer the address dataset pertaining to a room booked through the Hotel Reservation Service (HRS) from one’s own PC to the vehicle. Both address and telephone number can be accessed from within the vehicle under the menu item “News” and transferred directly to the navigation system or mobile telephone.

Driver profiles: fast and convenient transfer of personal settings

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The Driver Profile service offered by BMW ConnectedDrive facilitates the transfer of a multitude of personal settings such as seat position, position of exterior mirrors and steering wheel, favourite radio stations, driver assistance options as well display and communication functions. These settings are stored in a profile, which can also be transferred to other BMW vehicles. This is effected either directly via BMW Online or using a USB stick. In this way all changes to the settings are immediately transferred, without the driver having to readjust every single function to his individual preferences. Certain functions such as the language used by the navigation system or interior lighting can be configured on a PC and then transferred via BMW Online or a USB stick. Each setting is dependent upon the equipment featured in the vehicle.

Innovative Office functions via Bluetooth: optimised use of infotainment provided exclusively by BMW

BMW is the world’s first and only car manufacturer to offer innovative Office functions via Bluetooth for further enhanced entertainment in conjunction with BMW ConnectedDrive. In order to optimise the integration of smartphones, the amount of data that can be transferred to the vehicle via the Bluetooth interface has been further increased. Using the new Office functions provided by BMW ConnectedDrive, calender entries, text messages (SMS), tasks and memos can now be shown on the control display of the iDrive system and communicated by voice output. Using the telephone function, it is possible to transfer contact lists, including image files, from an external mobile phone to the vehicle via the Bluetooth interface. Therefore, in the event of an incoming call, the control display supplies not only the telephone number and name but also the image of the person calling.

Wireless entertainment: Bluetooth Audio Streaming

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A further innovation is the transfer of audio files from external devices via Bluetooth. This permits wireless operation of remote control of the mobile audio player as well as the transfer of stored audio files to the vehicle’s entertainment system. The driver’s very own music library stored in the audio player is shown on the control display of the iDrive operating system. Title selection is effected via the Controller and is also possible whilst making a telephone call.

Album cover display for particularly convenient selection of music

The use of the new entertainment functions offered by BMW ConnectedDrive is now even more attractive due to the representation of album covers on the control display when selecting music. This information supports a fast and intuitive classification of available music files. This is guaranteed when accessing external audio players integrated into the vehicle via USB interface. The USB cable of the Apple iPod, which now permits the use of all previous and new functions, can be used to connect this player with the vehicle.

Simple vehicle software update for the latest mobile phones

In addition and for the first time, BMW ConnectedDrive offers drivers the possibility to download from the Internet a vehicle software update for the integration of the latest mobile telephones or audio players. After transferring the software to the vehicle using a USB stick, the new devices can also be completely incorporated into the iDrive system, permitting integrated use of all functions.

Clever and communicative: news including Text-to-Speech function

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The BMW Online News menu comprises the items “Top News”, “Germany”, “The World”, “Trade & Industry”, “Stock Market”, “Sport” and “Panorama” as well as “My News (RSS feeds)”. The latest news from all over the world is supplied directly online by the news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP). The greatest advantage of this is that this information becomes available inside the car at the same time as it is passed on to radio and newspaper editorial departments by the AFT agency. Furthermore, drivers are able to gain access to the news that interests them in particular.

If desired, the voice output of news, RSS feeds and the latest weather forecast can be activated using the Text-to-Speech function. This makes driving not only more comfortable, but also safer, as the hands remain on the steering wheel and the eyes on the road at all times. Innovative combination: collision warning with brake activation function combined with Active Cruise Control and Stop & Go. The new BMW 5 Series Touring comes as standard with cruise control incorporating an independent brake function. This system controls both the engine and the brakes and, on cars with automatic transmission, the choice of gears, in order to maintain a specific speed pre-selected by the driver. Cruise control consistently identifies longitudinal and lateral acceleration of the car and, where required, reduces the speed of the vehicle by intervening in engine management and the brake system in order to avoid any impairment of comfort in a bend. Where necessary, cruise control also intervenes in the brakes when driving downhill to maintain a controlled driving process at a controlled speed, also when towing a trailer.

Active Cruise Control complete with a Stop & Go function available as an option gives the driver even greater support and assistance. This sophisticated system also comprises an automatic distance control function for cruising smoothly in flowing traffic on the autobahn or a country road and maintaining the distance chosen from the vehicle ahead in stop-and-go traffic at a very low speed. As soon as the distance from the vehicle ahead pre-set by the driver is no longer maintained, Active Cruise Control adjusts the speed of the car by intervening in engine management and building up brake pressure, thus consistently maintaining the right speed in accordance with traffic conditions. As a result, way the vehicle is decelerated and even brought to a halt safely whenever required.

The maximum stopping power generated by Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go is 4 metres/sec2, which is however limited at higher speeds to a more comfortable 2.5 metres/sec2. Should the driver be required to intervene because the driver ahead is applying the brakes extremely hard, he will be prompted to do so by appropriate optical and acoustic signals. The release thresholds for the Brake Assistant are lowered at the same time and the Brake Standby function in the DSC system is activated.

After coming to a halt for more than three seconds, the driver is required when setting off again to briefly press down the gas pedal or press the Resume button on the multifunction steering wheel in order to accelerate the car. A further point is that with the system active, the driver is able to control his speed himself at any time by pressing down the accelerator or brake pedal, thus retaining his responsibility at all times.

Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go available throughout the road speed range from 30 – 180 km/h (19 – 112 mph) uses the latest generation of radar sensor technology, a full range radar, to perform its function. This innovative radar sensor is integrated inconspicuously in the front air dam of the car, does not require any individual adjustment, and is largely immune to contamination or dirt from outside. The measuring beam emitted by the system is sufficiently broad at short distances of up to approximately 50 metres or 165 feet in order to recognise vehicles on adjacent lanes within certain limits. Whenever another vehicle moves over to the same lane as the driver’s car, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go adjusts the speed of the BMW 5 Series smoothly and softly to the speed of the new car now ahead.

In combination with Active Cruise Control, the new BMW 5 Series Touring is available for the first time with a collision warning incorporating a brake activation function. While both of these systems may be activated independently of one another, they are harmonised and matched to one another in their functions. Collision warning with its brake activation function triggers an alarm in two stages. The pre-warning is an optical message presented as a red car symbol on the instrument cluster and, when fitted, also on the Head-Up Display, telling the driver to increase his distance from the vehicle ahead. As soon as this symbol appears, the brakes are pre-loaded, the release thresholds on the Adaptive Brake Assistant are lowered, and the Brake Standby function on DSC Dynamic Stability Control is activated.

This ensures rapid build-up of full brake pressure in an emergency, the shorter stopping distance made possible in this way reducing the risk of a front-to-rear collision. There is no such pre-warning whenever Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go is in use, since this sophisticated system automatically maintains and reinstates an appropriate distance at all times.

The second stage in the collision warning process is activated in the event of an imminent collision (= greater risk), regardless of the operating status of Active Cruise Control. Whenever the driver is required to intervene very quickly, the system sends out an acute warning – in this case not only an optical, but also an acoustic message. It also initiates the braking process required, slowing down the car with stopping power of up to 3 metres/sec2 for a maximum of 1.2 seconds. In combination with a signal flashing on and off in the instrument cluster or, respectively, in the Head-Up Display and an acoustic warning signal, the driver is urged to act immediately. And with the brake system again being pre-loaded, the various functions are already in standby to avoid a collision or, should the worst come to the worst, to significantly reduce the consequences of an impact.

Lane Change Warning monitoring traffic approaching from behind

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Optional Lane Change Warning in the new BMW 5 Series warns the driver of potentially critical situations when overtaking. Using two radar sensors at the rear end of the car, the system monitors traffic conditions on the adjacent lanes, covering an area extending from the blind angle on the next lane all the way back about 60 metres or almost 200 feet. A triangular yellow light symbol integrated in the housing of the driver’s exterior mirror shows the driver that a vehicle is in the critical range, requiring him to check out the situation carefully.

Should the driver set the direction indicator nevertheless, indicating that he is about to change lanes, the LED signal will warn him by flashing on and off. He will also be warned by discreet but unmistakable vibration of the steering wheel.

Lane Departure Warning: camera-based system warning the driver from unintended lane departure even in the dark

Likewise available as an option, Lane Departure Warning detects unintended departure from the appropriate lane at a speed of at least 70 km/h or 43 mph. This system is made up of a camera fitted near the interior mirror on the windscreen, a control unit for comparing data and a signal generator making the steering wheel vibrate as in the case of a Lane Change Warning. Lane Departure Warning operates as a function of road speed. At high speeds, the system interacts quickly as soon as the car draws close to the side of the road. It does not send out a warning signal, however, if the driver has indicated his intention to change lanes or direction by setting the direction indicator.

The camera incorporated in the Lane Departure Warning system monitors the road markings on at least one side of the car, a control unit calculating the position of the vehicle in relation to such road markings. The system also works in bends, on narrow roads and in the dark, once the headlights have been switched on, making it very helpful under very many everyday driving conditions.

Speed Limit Info and Speed Limit Device

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The camera fitted in the interior mirror also allows the installation of another driver assistance system for extra comfort on the road. Combined with the Professional navigation system, Speed Limit Info helps the driver to keep informed on the speed limit on the route he is currently taking. To provide this function, the camera permanently monitors both the signs along the road and variable speed signs above major routes such as expressways and the autobahn, comparing the data obtained in this way with the data
saved in the navigation system. The camera is indeed even able to consider additional road signs applicable, for example, only in rainy weather, as well as temporary speed limits, for example at construction sites.

The speed limit determined is presented by way of a symbolic speed sign in the instrument cluster or, as an option, on the Head-Up Display until the speed limit changes or is lifted altogether. Relieving the driver of an important chore through its function, Speed Limit Info increases motoring comfort particularly on long distances. The new BMW 5 Series Touring is available in addition to Speed Limit Info with a new Speed Limit Device limiting the maximum speed of the car to any maximum figure set in advance between 30 and 230 km/h (19 and 143 mph). The driver operates the Speed Limit Device by buttons on the left spoke of the steering wheel. And should he wish to drive faster even though the speed limit function has been activated, all he has to do is press down the gas pedal hard for a few seconds to override the limit set in advance. As soon as the car then returns to a speed beneath the limit set, the speed limit function is activated once again.

Head-Up Display: important information right in front of the driver

The Head-Up Display available as an option for the new BMW 5 Series Touring also follows the philosophy of intuitive control providing appropriate information at all times, thus applying the same optimised concept as in the cockpit. Information relevant to the driver such as his current speed, warnings provided by the driver assistance systems
and navigation data is presented by the Head-Up Display directly in the driver’s line of vision, in an ergonomically particularly good and clear position on the windscreen. The driver is able to take in and use this information without re-focusing his line of vision or taking his eyes off the road.

The intensity of this projection is automatically adjusted to surrounding light conditions, with the additional option to adjust the level of brightness through the iDrive menu. The driver is also able to choose the information he would like to receive on the windscreen in addition to road speed and warnings from the driver assistance systems. Depending on the level of equipment in the car, such additional information may be High Guiding data from the navigation system, information from the Speed Limit Info, Check/Control, status reports from the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, the collision warning unit and Lane Departure Warning as well as warnings from the BMW Night Vision system. The information selected is presented exclusively on the Head-Up Display when activated, and no longer in the instrument cluster. Given the sheer number and diversity of driver assistance systems available in the new BMW 5 Series Touring, the range of information available on the Head-Up Display reaches a standard and level of perfection never seen before.

Greater safety when driving at night: BMW Night Vision even able to detect individual persons

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BMW offers an optional night vision system for the BMW 5 Series Touring which is even able to detect individual persons. The second generation of BMW Night Vision sets new standards in avoiding accidents when driving at night. The main feature is a thermal imaging camera fitted at the front end of the car. This camera provides a video image in real time presenting people, animals and other heat-emitting objects in high resolution on the central Control Display even when they are outside of the headlight beam.

This presentation on the screen is supplemented in the case of BMW Night Vision by the automatic detection of persons on or next to the road. To provide this function, the video data is analysed by a control unit using intelligent algorithms to find pedestrians and cyclists potentially on collision course with the car. Once the system detects a possible risk involving such persons, the driver is warned by the Control Display and the optional Head-Up Display. This warning is restricted to pedestrians and cyclists who,
on account of the speed, steering angle and yaw rate involved, are on a calculated collision course with the vehicle.

High-beam assistant offers support for optimum visibility

The optional High-Beam Assistant in the new BMW 5 Series Touring offers additional safety when driving at night. Taking current driving conditions into account, this system switches the high beam on and off automatically as required, consistently giving the driver optimum visibility and at the same time relieving him of the chore to constantly monitor the high beam in the case of oncoming traffic. Processing images generated by a camera integrated in the interior mirror, the High-Beam Assistant recognises vehicles driving ahead in the same direction up to a distance of approximately 400 metres or 440 yards and oncoming vehicles up to a distance of about 1,000 metres or 1,100 yards. A further feature is that the high-beam is switched off automatically as soon as the surrounding light reaches a certain level of intensity, as is the case within city limits for example. Just in case: emergency call function automatically locating the current position of the car.

Part of the optional BMW Assist telematics service, the BMW ConnectedDrive Enhanced Emergency Call function makes sure that in the event of a collision the rescue services are informed in detail on the type of collision and the risk of injury in good time before arriving at the scene of an accident. This allows them to prepare appropriate medical treatment of the persons injured well in advance.

Information transmitted to the BMW Call Center by the Enhanced Emergency Call function automatically locating the vehicle specifies not only the exact location but also the mobile telephone number connected to the car, the chassis number, type of vehicle, its colour as well as data compiled by sensors in the car indicating the type and intensity of the collision. Activation of restraint systems as well as the occupancy and belt status on the front seats are also identified. The system is even able to detect head-on, rear-end, side-Apart from sending out an automatic emergency call, the Enhanced Emergency Call function enables the driver or passenger to manually activate an emergency call going straight to the BMW Call Center.

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A high-class and modern cockpit design, ergonomically optimised controls and innovative comfort features enhance the experience of driving the new BMW 5 Series Touring. The extensive range of standard equipment, which not only includes the latest generation of the BMW iDrive control system but also automatic climate control with separate temperature adjustment for both the driver’s and front seat passenger’s side, underscore the vehicle’s premium character. For additional individualisation and a further increase in travel comfort there are a number of variegated and innovative equipment options available.

Greater supremacy thanks to clear arrangement of control functions

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The cockpit design reflects typical BMW driver orientation in perfection owing to a resolutely implemented spatial subdivision of the driver-relevant and comfort-oriented functions required for superior motoring. Displays and controls for driving functions are located on the driver’s side whilst the comfort-related elements are located more to the middle of the instrument panel. This arrangement was also implemented on the multifunction steering wheel, which has been redesigned for the BMW 5 Series. On this steering wheel, the function buttons for cruise control and the control elements for the audio system and telephone are – as in the cockpit arrangement – also positioned separately from each other.

Besides this horizontal arrangement, the vertical structure of the driver workplace also ensures fast and intuitive orientation in the new BMW 5 Series Touring. All primary display functions are to be found in the upper area of the cockpit – and, therefore, at eye level. The control elements are located in the lower area – ergonomically and optimally accessible – and can, thanks to varying haptic coding by size, shape and surface texture, also be operated without the driver having to take his eye off the road.

Located on a keypad in the immediate vicinity of the light switch panel are the switches for activating various driver assistance systems, which help the driver perceive his or her surrounding environment.

As a standard feature, the engine in the new BMW 5 Series Touring can be started by pressing the Start/Stop button as soon as the remote control key is inside the vehicle. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to insert the key, as was previously the case. Direction indicators and windscreen wipers are operated using conventional control levers located on both sides of the steering column. The buttons for seat adjustment are ergonomically and optimally arranged on the outer side of the seat. Controls for the seat memory function are located in the interior door lining and can be activated prior to entering the car.

On the centre console beneath the audio system, the new BMW 5 Series Touring features a separate control panel for operating the automatic climate control, heating and air ventilation. The automatic climate control function fitted as standard comprises separate temperature settings for both the driver’s side and the front seat passenger’s side, auxiliary ventilation, anti-mist sensor and residual heat utilisation. Automatic climate control with additional functions, which also include automatic air recirculation, solar compensation and separately adjustable air distribution for the driver’s and front seat passenger’s side, is available as an option. Furthermore, the car can be equipped with 4-zone automatic climate control with comfort nozzles, air vents on the B-pillar and a separate control panel for the rear seat passenger compartment.

Instrument cluster with Black Panel technology

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Black Panel technology on the instrument cluster combines classic flair with the latest innovations in technology. The system is made up of a highresolution colour display, control and warning lights, as well as four circular dials in the traditional style of a sports car presenting information on the most vital driving functions. As an additional feature, the display is able to present information on route guidance and even road lane recommendations provided by one of the optional navigation systems.

When not in use, the instrument cluster forms a homogeneous black surface presenting only the chrome-finished surrounds, the gauge needles, the numbers and scale markings on the dials as well as the red warning field in the rev counter as permanently visible features. The integrated displays for current fuel consumption, the remaining range on the fuel left in the tank, the mileage, the time of day, the outside temperature, feedback from the driver assistance systems, Check/Control messages, the gear and shift point indicator as well as the recuperation indicator are shown on a 5.7-inch-wide info display located at the lower edge of the instrument cluster and visible only when activated. And last but not least, the display provides instant feedback when changing the mode in Dynamic Driving Control and when operating the audio, telephone, or navigation functions.

BMW iDrive with direct selection and preference buttons

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The new BMW 5 Series Touring comes as standard with the BMW iDrive control system operating all entertainment, information, navigation and telecommunication functions either featured as standard or fitted as an option. In perfect ergonomic position, the Controller allows convenient and intuitive selection and activation of functions through standardised tipping, turning and pressing motions. A picture of the Controller presented on the Control Display and the clear menu structure ensure easy orientation in choosing the next step in operating the system. Measuring 7 inches on the standard and 10.2 inches on the optional Professional navigation system, the Control Display is integrated in the dashboard at the ideal level and distance from the driver, ensuring superior and safe use and operation, with the driver hardly having to take his eyes off the road.

Direct selection buttons on the Controller enable the driver to choose very quickly and conveniently between CD, radio, telephone and navigation functions. The range of such direct selection buttons is rounded off by the MENU, BACK and OPTION keys, while eight preference buttonson the centre console allow the driver to save and directly select radio stations, telephone numbers and destinations in the navigation system as well as further menu items available via iDrive.

Yet another unique feature of BMW iDrive is multi-mode operation by voice entry and controller. The driver is able to easily and conveniently switch from one of these entry modes to the other while conducting one and the same task if he wishes, leaving the voice detection function in full operation also while making an entry via the controller, thus using both functions at the same time. Voice entry also allows direct access to music titles as well as verbal entry of complete addresses. The driver is able to read out the place, the name of the street and the number of his destination in one single command, with the system subsequently arranging the individual items in the required order to reach the destination desired.

Navigation system Professional with hard disc memory

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BMW iDrive also offers its full benefits when the car is fitted with one of the optional navigation systems. On both the Business and Professional navigation system, maps in high resolution are combined with arrows guiding the driver to his destination. Full-screen map presentation on the Professional navigation system furthermore offers an incomparably detailed overview of the region through which the driver is currently travelling. Both maps and individual symbols may be displayed as three-dimensional graphics, and the system is also able to present an elevation map showing the various levels of altitude. Selected sights along the route are highlighted as true-to-life photo graphics with a pre-view map helping the driver choose his destination. As an alternative to full-screen presentation, the driver may activate an assistance window in the control display, presenting either furtherimages/graphics, information from the on-board computer or data relating to the entertainment programme. A special map function serving to highlight traffic conditions offers a clear visual impression of the latest traffic jam and congestion reports, while the High Guiding function with integrated driving lane recommendations transmits detailed views such as rights of way at a complicated road junction from the screen directly to the instrument cluster or, where fitted as an option, straight to the Head-up display.

Yet a further function offered by BMW ConnectedDrive is BMW Routes

Before setting off, the driver and his passengers are able to put together their personal routes with the help of a route planner on the Internet, then conveniently transmitting such routes via BMW Online directly into the car or using a USB stick for direct entry into the navigation system, which will then guide the driver to his destination along the chosen route and offer additional information on interesting sights while following the route selected.

The navigation system Professional comes with an 80 GB hard disc saving all navigation data. Fitted permanently to the car, this data system serves among other things to maintain the driver’s personal music archives, enabling him or any other user to transmit music files from perhaps a CD, an external MP3 player or a USB stick, using the storage capacity available for this purpose on the hard disc of more than 12 GB. The optional mobile phone preparation kit complete with a Bluetooth interface enables the user to operate the car’s telephone functions via iDrive. And with the music player being connected to the mobile phone as an additional feature, the MP3 function of Smartphones such as the Apple iPhone can also be integrated in the car’s control system.

Rear Seat Entertainment systems for maximum touring comfort

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The new BMW 5 Series Touring is available as an option with two versions of the rear seat entertainment system. These systems comprise a DVD player, remote control, the option to connect external MP3 players, game consoles and headsets as well as two high-resolution displaysintegrated in the front-seat headrests and adjustable for angle. This allows
direct access to all audio and video sources within the car, such as DVD changer or TV function.

The displays featured at the rear measure 8 inches across in the standard version and 9.2 inches on the rear seat entertainment system Professional, also allowing individual access to the navigation system as well as full use of the Internet at the rear with the help of BMW ConnectedDrive. A further option is to use the displays in the rear seat entertainment system Professional independently of one another.

Unique the world over: the Integrated Owner’s Manual

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The new BMW 5 Series Touring comes as standard with an Integrated Owner’s Manual absolutely unique the world over. Via the iDrive system, the Integrated Owner’s Manual gives the driver information whenever required on all the features and functions of his car, presenting operating instructions clearly and understandably by means of visual animation together with sound messages and slide shows. Short and clear texts as well as interactive graphics ensure that the information provided is easily understood.

Body and Safety

The exterior design of the new BMW 5 Series Touring offers a perfect balance of aesthetic looks and sporting dynamics in a unique interpretation of the touring concept. The body structure sets new standards in terms of solidity and intelligent lightweight construction. The use of the most appropriate materials serves to meet the highest demands on passive safety and at the same time optimise the weight of the car in the interest of enhanced efficiency and driving dynamics. A wide range of safety components interacting precisely with one another in a carefully coordinated overall concept guarantees excellent occupant safety whenever a collision is unavoidable. The safety concept of the new BMW 5 Series Touring also incorporates fundamental structural and innovative technologies for optimising pedestrian safety on the road, thus adding reliable protection in all conceivable crash situations to the sheer driving pleasure so characteristic of a BMW. Hence, the new BMW 5 Series naturally meets all requirements for achieving excellent results in all crash tests the world over.

Like the sedan, the new BMW 5 Series Touring comes with an extremely stiff passenger cell, intelligent use of high-strength multi-phase steel and hot-moulded ultra-high-strength steel, giving the safety passenger cell maximum stiffness on relatively low weight. Compared with the former model, mean stiffness of the body structure is up by approximately 30 percent in the interest of optimum passive safety and as the foundation for excellent driving dynamics. The lightweight quality rating, that is torsional stiffness as a function of the car’s footprint and overall weight, is also absolutely outstanding.

Aluminium doors reducing the weight of the car by 23 kg or 51 lb. Apart from the engine lid, the front side panels and the front spring supports on the body, the doors of the new BMW 5 Series Touring are also made of aluminium. Indeed, the use of aluminium doors alone instead of conventional steel components serves to reduce the overall weight of the car by approximately 23 kg.

With its particular moulding requirements, aluminium demands a far more sophisticated production process than steel. A new structural concept developed by BMW nevertheless allows the use of aluminium in the proven shell plate structure, maintaining the design features typical of BMW also when using this extra-light material.

Longest wheelbase in the segment for perfect proportions, harmonious axle load distribution, generous interior space and maximum occupant safety.

The wheelbase of the new BMW 5 Series Touring measures 2,968 millimetres or 116.9 inches, thus setting a new record in the upper midrange segment. This sets the starting point for the ideal proportions of the car crucial to both its looks as well as its driving characteristics and the high standard of occupant safety provided by the new BMW 5 Series Touring. Short overhangs and a longer front section than on the former model, with the engine fitted further behind the front axle, provide weight distribution close to the ideal of 50 : 50 on all variants of the new BMW 5 Series Touring.

At the same time, the proportions offer optimum conditions for implementing the demanding safety concept with maximum occupant safety as well as innovative features serving to protect pedestrians in the event of a collision. The seating position has been further optimised over the former model both front and rear, with legroom on the rear seats of the new BMW 5 Series Touring increased by 13 millimetres or 0.5 inches. Luggage compartment capacity is 560 litres, and the folding rear-seat backrest available as an option provides greater flexibility in enlarging the car’s transport capacities. In addition to its 40 : 20 : 40 split, the rear-seat backrest can be either partially or completed folded down, whilst it is also possible to vary the backrest inclination angle. Through adjustment in the upright position, the luggage compartment volume is increased by 30 litres. Storage capacity is 1,670 litres with the backrest completely folded down.

Panorama sunroof: more light and harmonious design

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The panorama sunroof allows a precise flow of fresh air into the car and bright light within the passenger compartment, emphasising the sheer generosity of the ambience inside the BMW 5 Series Touring. It is electrically driven, features a light-proof inside lining and is significantly superior to the conventional glass sunroof in terms of size and function. The glass panel now measures 116 cm/46” in length and 94.2/37” cm in width, with an opening of 44 cm/17”. The rigid structure of the rear glass panel, which is
firmly screwed into the car body, contributes additionally towards the vehicle’s stiffness. A further highlight is the harmonious integration of the glass panel into the outer skin of the car ensured by the contoured sweep at the front end of the glass panel following the front edge of the roof. Precise mechanical alignment ensures a highly accurate connection of the front edge of the glass roof and the seal on the sliding roof, also when the roof is in vent position, preventing any unpleasant noise caused by air swirl.

The control unit for the electric operation of the panorama sunroof is integrated into the roof liner together with the interior light switches. The interior roller blind is also electrically driven, the inside matching the decorof the roof liner, harmoniously blending in with the car’s interior. Moreover, the space-saving integration of the blind into the roof liner provides additional headroom at the rear of the car.

Comprehensive occupant protection on all seats

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Highly load-resistant bearing structures, generous and exactly defined deformation zones as well as highly efficient restraint systems coordinated by the car’s high-performance electronic control units set the foundation for a high standard of passive safety in the new BMW 5 Series Touring. Forces generated in a head-on collision are diverted by several load paths in the floorpan, on the side frame, in the bulkhead and in the roof, absorbed by the deformation zones and thus kept away from the passenger cell. The loadbearing structures forming the load paths are made largely of multi-phase steel and hot-moulded steel, an additional bumper system around the front axle serving to spread out the forces acting on the front section of the car.

Reinforced side structures in the B-pillars and the side-sills, extra-strong door reinforcements and stable crossbars on the seats limit the depth of deformation as well as the speed of intrusion in the event of a collision from the side. With its reinforced pillars and roof supports, the passenger cell also offers safe survival space for the occupants in the event of a rollover. Inside the new BMW 5 Series Touring, the frontal and hip thorax airbags are supplemented by curtain head airbags at the side for both rows of seats
as a standard feature. Depending on the type and severity of a collision, the integrated safety electronics determine the restraint effect provided and the time of release.

All seats feature three-point inertia-reel seat belts and belt force limiters, with an additional belt latch tightening function on the front seats. To prevent cervical spine injury in the event of a collision from behind, the front seats come as standard with crash-activated headrests. Masterminded by the car’s safety electronics, these headrests move up instantaneously in the event of a collision, closing the gap between the front end of the headrest and the occupant’s head by up to 60 mm or 2.4” front-to-rear and up to 40 mm/1.6” in a vertical direction. The occupant’s head is therefore very close to the headrest even before being moved back by the forces acting on the car. This enhances the stabilising and protective function of the headrests and reduces the risk of injury or hyperextension of the occupant’s cervical spine.

Moreover, both ISOFIX child seat fastenings at the rear and the option to deactivate the front passenger’s airbag naturally come as standard. The safety steering column on the new BMW 5 Series, in turn, comes with a load-related deformation element as well as an extra-large spacer unit protecting the driver additionally from collision forces coming from the engine compartment.

Active bonnet for optimised pedestrian safety

2011 BMW 5-Series Touring High Resolution Exterior
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To optimise the high standard of passive pedestrian safety, the new BMW 5 Series Touring comes, depending on national specifications, with an active bonnet, which automatically moves up in the event of a collision with a pedestrian. The pyrotechnical release mechanism is activated at speeds of between 25 and 55 km/h (16 - 34 mph) as soon as data acquired by sensors at the front of the car indicate a collision with a pedestrian, raising the bonnet at the front and the rear.

This provides additional deformation space beneath the bonnet, thus absorbing impact energy and serving to lessen the risk of injury, or at least the consequences of an accident.

Optimum visibility: bi-xenon headlights, LED daytime driving lights and Adaptive Headlights with variable light distribution. The dual round headlights on the new BMW 5 Series Touring so typical of the brand ensure excellent illumination of the road in the dark and in the event of poor visibility due to bad weather. On the standard headlights,
LED light rings serve as positioning lights, again in typical BMW style, forming a clear and consistent circle of light. Further standard features are the fog lamps and the light sensor automatically activating the low beam according to ambient brightness. A rain sensor determining the intensity of precipitation and thus allowing automatic adjustment of the windscreen wipers is likewise fitted as standard.

The new BMW 5 Series Touring is available as an option with bi-xenon headlights, in which case the LED units in the characteristic light rings can be operated in two stages. Dimmed to approximately 10 percent of their full power, they serve as positioning lights. Switched to 100 percent, they provide a daytime light function in typical BMW style.

In conjunction with the optional bi-xenon headlights, the new BMW 5 Series Touring can be equipped with the latest generation of Adaptive Headlights with cornering lights, variable light distribution andadaptive headlight range control. Adaptive Headlights ensure that the road is sufficiently illuminated when taking bends. Each turning direction of the headlights is effected in relation to steering angle, yaw rate and vehicle speed. The cornering light function is integrated into each headlight. When cornering, an additional light cone is produced in order to illuminate the road in the direction the vehicle is moving.

The adaptive headlight range control function also takes vertical road contours into account. When driving over hillcrests, through tunnels or on steep ramps the light cone is lowered or raised accordingly in order to ensure optimum illumination of the road without dazzling oncoming traffic.

Adaptive Headlights also feature variable light distribution, a function that also guarantees an optimised illumination of the carriageway on straight roads. The innovative control system automatically facilitates according to speed an amplification of the field of vision through adequate widening of the light cone. The rear lights on the new BMW 5 Series Touring generate their strong effect and clear visibility through three-dimensional, homogeneously glowing light bodies. The taillights, brake lights and direction indicators feature LED technology. To avoid collisions from behind, the new BMW 5 Series Touring is equipped with a special warning system for motorists behind. This is a further development of the Adaptive Brake Lights introduced by BMW as the world’s first manufacturer to offer such a feature. When applying the brakes particularly hard and when ABS is activated, drivers following from behind are immediately alerted by the brake lights conspicuously flashing on and off, prompting drivers behind to brake equally as hard. After the car has come to a standstill following particularly powerful application of the brakes, the hazard warning flashers are automatically activated.

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  (594) posted on 11.30.2011

Audi A6 is surely stood out with its lovely appearance but not with its engine output. Well, I just found out that its competitor could offer a more impressive and efficient engine than with this one.

  (526) posted on 11.11.2011

I just simply love the luxurious and very comfortable interior of this Touring and even the fact that it is so ideal for a family van. Anyway, I’m also glad that they didn’t forget to add some safety features on this.

  (273) posted on 05.26.2011

Seems to be a long details and reviews. And I would admit that this car is soemwhat appealing. And I bet with all the high technology features I think there’s no reason on why shoudl we say no to this car.

  (399) posted on 05.26.2011

hmm. Though the features will make you drool for sure, I’m still looking forward for this thing to be in the 6 series. BTW, I agree that its really worth it to wait for a wagon version.

  (344) posted on 03.15.2010

Another “soccer-mom” sort of wagon. Anyhow, it’s not such a bad car and wagons has been great all those years. What I’m always looking at at such car is the safety grade and safety features as most of the people that I know of which such cars are those people with family and kids.

  (859) posted on 03.15.2010

So there is no guarantee that it will be offered to the US market. US car fans will feel very sad about that because they wont have a chance to own this fully equipped vehicle.

  (1023) posted on 03.14.2010

Soon you’ll see it rolling on the road. honestly it’s a worth to wait wagon.

  (1333) posted on 03.14.2010

This car looks like it is gonna be a good car, but why did BMW make a car, which on the face of it, makes their 5 series GT seem pointless.

  (6) posted on 03.14.2010

Not a bad car hope to see it on the roads soon

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