I still don’t understand why Americans don’t buy Tourings. The benefits afforded by the space of an SUV with none of the drawbacks of higher ride height affecting handling and added fuel consumption. They’re elegant; some touring models look better than their sedan counterparts, and when dressed up as in our Super Bild for today, look absolutely stunning.
Americans for the most part have a firm love affair with large relatively cumbersome SUVs that offer mostly a benefit of space and towing but lack the ability to be driven aggressively unless you’re buying an Uber expensive X5M or something similar.
This E61 is a perfect example of what I would drive on a daily basis; it’s low, black, has 19 inch wheels and room in the back for my bike, golf clubs or anything else I’d need to transport. Plus lets face it, it’s super easy on the eyes.
Dressed in the optional M Aero package available with the 2006 model year 5 series, the look of this touring screams aggressive. The optional 19 inch style 128 wheels look perfect tucked under the arches and M5 mirrors and black performance grills cap off the whole look of this car.
The end of production of the E91 3 series touring marks the last touring model to be available in the US, although BMW has confirmed we would get a replacement by way of the F31.
What I’d really love to see here in the US is the F11 M 550d Touring with its revolutionary TriTurbo diesel engine, xDrive, and all the M treatment I am accustomed to.
BMW, if you’re reading this, there are buyers in the United States that would love to see more Tourings here.
Question is: is there enough of a business case for BMW to import them?
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