The new BMW 5-series now has a wagon version called the 5-series Touring.
It's also available as the electric i5, in both eDrive40 and M60 forms.
We hear the wagon might come to the U.S. as the top-dog, high-performance M5.
Although Audi and Mercedes-Benz sell multiple versions of their mid-size luxury wagons in the U.S., BMW hasn't done so in quite some time. Considering how good the new BMW 5-series and i5 Touring wagons look, it's a shame that these new models are destined only for Europe. But not all hope is lost, as we've received some hints that the upcoming wagon version of the high-performance M5 might make its way to the States eventually.
Until we hear more details about the supposed hybrid M5 wagon with up to 738 horsepower, we can dive into the specs of the new 5-series Touring and its electric stablemate, the i5. Longer and wider than the previous generation, and with a larger cargo area, the wagon body style suits the latest 5-series' design nicely, and BMW claims an impressive 60 cubic feet of space with the rear seats folded. Who needs an SUV?
Tech offerings are the same as what you'll find in the 5-series and i5 sedans, including a huge curved display screen on the dashboard and the latest iDrive 8.5 software with an in-car gaming platform. There's also an available hands-free driver-assist function that can operate under certain conditions on the highway.
The 5-series Touring will offer a choice of two diesel engines, a four-cylinder in the 520d and a six-cylinder in the 540d, plus a plug-in-hybrid 530e later on. The i5's electric powertrains match the sedan version's, meaning a 335-hp rear-drive setup in the eDrive40 and a 593-hp dual-motor setup in the M60. An 81.2-kWh battery pack is standard on both configurations.
U.S. wagon enthusiasts shouldn't hold their breath for either of the wagons you see here to come to the States, but it is worth waiting a bit longer for BMW to make an official announcement about the upcoming M5 Touring. That confirmation should happen later this year, so in the meantime we're at least happy to have some new BMW wagons to look at.
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