New BMW i5 Touring officially presented

After announcing the Touring version at the new 5 Series sedan presentation and sending teaser images, BMW has officially revealed its estate version. Meanwhile, spy pictures had already leaked from a studio shoot. Now, BMW comes with the full story of the car.

A flexible drive architecture allows model variants with gasoline and diesel engines, plug-in hybrid systems, and purely electric drive systems to be produced on a single production line at the BMW Group’s Dingolfing plant. The launch in Germany, many other European countries, and Japan will begin in May 2024, with other markets to follow in June 2024.

Stretched proportions

Like most new cars, the new BMW 5 Series Touring is larger than its predecessor. Compared to it, the new BMW 5 Series Touring is 97 millimeters longer (5.06 m), 32 millimeters wider (1.90 m), and 17 millimeters higher (1.515 m). Its class has the most extended wheelbase, increasing by 20 to 2,995 millimeters.

A wider luggage compartment opening and a low sill make stowing large luggage items easy. Regardless of their drive technology, all new BMW 5 Series Touring variants have a luggage compartment volume that can be expanded from 570 to up to 1,700 liters.

In addition to the automatic tailgate operation, remote unlocking of the 40/20/40 split rear seat backrest from the luggage compartment is also standard. Storage compartments under the load compartment floor provide space for the luggage compartment partition net, luggage compartment cover, and charging cable for the all-electric and plug-in hybrid models.

The range of paintwork includes three BMW individual paint finishes. The new standard equipment includes  18-inch- and 19-inch alloy wheels for the all-electric and plug-in hybrid models.

Progressively designed cockpit, fully vegan interior

The BMW Curved Display is at the heart of the progressive, driver-oriented cockpit design. Its 12.3-inch Information Display and the Control Display, with a screen diagonal of 14.9 inches, form a fully digital display network.

The modern premium ambiance in the interior is further enhanced by the new sports seats fitted as standard, the steering wheel, which is now flatter at the bottom, and the optional BMW Interaction Bar.

The new BMW 5 Series Touring has an entirely vegan interior as standard. The seat surfaces in the Veganza version are also optionally available with a decorative perforation. It offers more space, more leg, shoulder, and elbow room, especially in the rear, and optimized acoustic comfort.

Two pure electric variants from the beginning

The new BMW i5 Touring will be available in two versions from the outset. In the BMW i5 M60 xDrive Touring, two highly integrated front and rear drive units form an electric all-wheel drive with up to 442 kW/601 hp. With M Launch Control or M Sport Boost activated, the system torque is increased to 820 Nm.

The top model accelerates from a standstill to 100 kph in 3.9 seconds, and its top speed is electronically limited to 230 kph. According to WLTP standards, its combined power consumption is 20.8-18.3 kWh/100 km.

The electric motor of the BMW i5 eDrive40 Touring base model is located on the rear axle (combined power consumption according to WLTP: 19.3 to 16.5 kWh/100 km). It generates a maximum output of 250 kW/340 hp and a maximum torque of up to 430 Nm with Sport Boost or Launch Control function. The BMW i5 eDrive40 Touring accelerates from zero to 100 kph in 6.1 seconds.

In both models, the high-voltage battery in the underbody provides a usable energy content of 81.2 kWh. The range determined in the WLTP test procedure is 445 to 506 kilometers for the BMW i5 M60 xDrive Touring and 483 to 560 kilometers for the BMW i5 eDrive40 Touring.

The battery can be charged with alternating current with an output of up to 11 kW as standard and up to 22 kW as an option. The high-voltage battery can be charged with direct current with a power of up to 205 kW.

PHEV variants coming later

All diesel engines available for the new BMW 5 Series Touring are combined with 48-volt mild hybrid technology and an 8-speed Steptronic transmission. A four-cylinder engine (520d) generates a maximum output of 145 kW/197 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm.

The drive portfolio will be supplemented by an in-line six-cylinder diesel (540d) engine in the summer of 2024. At the same time, two model variants with the latest generation of plug-in hybrid drives (530e) will follow.

Driving pleasure and traveling comfort

“Driving pleasure in the new BMW 5 Series Touring is based on an ideal balance between sportiness and traveling comfort,” says the press release. “With the longest wheelbase in the segment, large track widths, an almost perfectly balanced 50/50 axle load distribution, intelligent lightweight construction, and optimized rigidity of the body-chassis connection, it offers the ideal conditions for this.”

The suspension technology includes sport steering, directly controlled wheel slip limitation, and the latest version of the integrated braking system as standard. The BMW i5 Touring and the plug-in hybrid models also feature rear-axle air suspension, including automatic self-leveling. The car features innovative systems for autonomous driving and parking.

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