2017 5-Series With A Touring Body Spied
BMW has moved forward from early development prototypes to regular prototypes for the next generation BMW 5-Series Touring that will join the sedan and GT version body styles.
We expect the Touring/wagon to arrive in the market a few months after the BMW G30 5-Series sedan in mid 2017, though, there’s no indication at this point that BMW will offer the wagon in North America – the last time we got a BMW five series Touring/wagon was with the previous BMW E60 gen model built from 2003 to 2010.
Given that the current BMW F10 (sedan) and BMW F11 (Touring) models have already reached regular-wheelbase BMW E32 7-Series levels in size, there’s no reason for a bigger body, so their BMW G30 successors should maintain the same footprint.
The good news is that both versions will undergo a weight loss of around 100kg or 220 pounds, and much of that can be given credit to the sophisticated new platform shared with the BMW 7-Series, which combines aluminum, magnesium, high-strength steel and composite carbonfibre parts.
Standing back and looking at these photos, it quickly becomes evident that the BMW G30 will evolve the current car’s styling without really breaking the BMW F10/F11 mold. The car’s front and rear ends are partially disguised in production parts, but the overall sense we get is one of familiarity with less rounded edges.
Power for the new BMW 5-Series will come from BMW’s latest turbocharged four-cylinder and straight-six gasoline and diesel units, a new turbo V8 for the 550i, plus a plug-in hybrid version that will make use of the BMW X5 xDrive40e’s setup pairing a 240hp 2.0L to 111hp electric motor and an 8sp automatic.
On the M side of the range, recent rumors speak of a quad-turbocharged BMW M550d diesel producing 400 or more horses, and of course, an BMW M5 with a twin-turbo V8 that could go over 600hp – however, it’s unknown if BMW will offer a Touring version of the car.