2011 BMW 5 Series Touring Breaks Cover

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With wagons once again becoming a popular alternative to crossovers and SUVs in the premium segment, it comes as no surprise that BMW has decided to once again offer a Touring version of its recently updated 5-Series. 

Looking like the sedan with a rear roof extension, the 5-Series Touring carries on the German brand's five-door tradition.  BMW's wagon is ideal for a no compromise family as it's all about cargo capacity and therefore overall livability, yet it no doubt drives just like a 5-Series sedan, a model legendary for top-tier driving dynamics. 

BMW has added driver aids, surround-view cameras, parking assist and other upgrades to make the Touring's specification similar to that in the 5-Series Gran Turismo, the automaker's new crossover-style wagon, and the underhood offerings are identical with the new 300hp 3.0-litre N55 twin-scroll turbocharged direct-injected inline-six only upstaged by the brand's twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8.  The V8 won't be available at the time of its European launch, according to a release, but it's possible a diesel and hybrid model will join the V8 when it becomes available.  On that note there is no announcement as to the 5-Series Touring model's availability in North America. 

In Europe, a single-turbo version of BMW's 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel and 3.0-litre inline-six diesel will be available too, featuring 184hp and 245hp respectively.  The former 520d Touring achieves EU combined fuel economy rated at 5.2 L/100km while the 530d, despite its V8-like acceleration, manages an impressive 6.4 L/100km. 

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Topics: Wagon, BMW, 2010, 5 Series Touring, $50,000 - $74,999,

Organizations: BMW, Series Touring

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