3 Months Wait Time For 2011 BMW 520d Touring

5-series | September 17th, 2010 by 13
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BMW’s latest 5 Series marks the introduction of 4-cylinder engines in the new lineup. Until now, 5 Series models have been powered by six-cylinders or …

BMW’s latest 5 Series marks the introduction of 4-cylinder engines in the new lineup. Until now, 5 Series models have been powered by six-cylinders or V8 engines. The star of the new 5 Series family is the BMW 520d Touring.

Built on the F11 platform, the 520d is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder common rail turbo diesel engine which gives an excellent ratio of power consumption. The engine produces 184 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, and offers a standard consumption of just 5.1 liters of diesel per 100 km (46.1 mpg), which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 135 grams per kilometer. In Germany, the BMW 520d Touring has a base price of 42,600 euros, making it one of the most affordable vehicles in the 5 Series family.

With excellent fuel efficiency and enough power to haul five passengers and cargo, the 520d Touring has already become a great seller for BMW. Rumors were floating around that the new entry-level Touring is sold out and wait times are longer than usual. We reached out to BMW AG for an official statement and according to Markus Sagemann, Corporate Communications spokesperson, the wait times are as long as three months from the moment the order was placed.

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“The new 5 Series Touring has been received very positively both by the media and by our customers. As the current 5 Series Touring, the new car will probably be mainly sold in Europe. After ordering European customers of the new 5 Series Touring currently will have to wait around three months for delivery”, said Sagemann.

The direct competitor comes from Mercedes Benz with E-Class models powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine with standard fuel consumption ranging from 5.7 to 6.0 liters of diesels per 100 km (39-41 mpg). The power range varies from 136 to 204 horsepower.

Along with the great fuel efficiency, the new 5 Series Touring offers impressive cargo space, an incentive that European customers have come to appreciate. Behind the rear seats, it takes 560 liter, or 19.77 cu.ft and with the rear seats folded down the space can be extended to 1670 liter (58.97 cu.ft.).

Due to lack of popularity with wagons, the 5 Series Touring will not be exported west of Europe, and U.S. customers will remain with the hope of seeing another Touring model return in the distant future.

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13 responses to “3 Months Wait Time For 2011 BMW 520d Touring”

  1. plaxico says:

    more likely nobody wants it so…every 3 months one car. Understandable

  2. Z3 says:

    520d E60 was 4-cylider

  3. Laszlo says:

    noooo, this car is a makes sense car. Large and comfy and also fuel efficient yet pretty good speed/acceleration for a family car. This car is what people call a smart buy. I would not mind having a car like that ! It could nicely replace my 528iT and would be bigger faster and more fuel efficient.
    The Merc E classe comes close but this is BMW and people know that BMW’s diesels deliver the punch and economy.
    I wish that BMWNA would bring at least one small diesel (not only the 3.0l x3d) and a 5 series wagon in 2WD form.
    Their biggest mistake was that a wagon existed with 4wd only. I hate 4wd but love wagons.

  4. Makes total sense (except the part that it’s not exported to the US anymore). Many BMW US customers like me will just have to jump over to MB, whose new E-class design is much more avant-garde like the E60 was. I hope BMW realizes this before the next-gen 5er!

    • Babken says:

      To me, BMW 5 Series design is more sporty and classic unlike the new E-Class design. Anyway, the design is a matter of taste.

  5. Tavi says:

    It’s a shame that BMW NA doesn’t bring more diesels here. Just the stupid diesels trucks and the high end 335d.

    The marketing “geniuses” at BMW NA don’t realize that this is a different market from the 90s and 2000s so diesels and wagons MAKE SENSE. Just look at VW with their sales of the TDI models.

    Again, it’s a SHAME that BMW doesn’t bring the 320d with a combined fuel economy of 58.9 mpg. Who needs a Prius ?? I would buy a 320d sedan or wagon as a daily driver and keep my M3s for fun…. Again, what a shame…

    As it usually happens with marketing “geniuses”, they’ll learn the hard way when someone else takes part of their market….

  6. paul says:

    shame about the electric steering…what could have been one of the most complete bmw ever – and a pretty one too – ruined by corporate man in suits

  7. Paul says:

    Every article you guys post about the 5 series touring makes me mad, since it just reminds me what an incredibly stupid decision I think it is that BMW won’t bring the wagon to the US. I have a 3 series wagon now (my first BMW) and would gladly upgrade when my lease expires. Instead, I’m going to have to buy a MB or Audi because of the Aztek, er, I mean 5 GP. Seriously, is anyone buying that thing?

  8. KInne says:

    Im very happy with it. Real premium car, incredibly efficient and fast enough

    Clip of my car:


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