Luxury wagons are a big deal in European markets, as executives with families use such cars for the daily trip to the office and also as shuttles for children and their gear. These luxury wagons, like the BMW 5 Series Touring and Audi A6 Avant, make for the perfect vehicle for families. Unfortunately, they aren’t as loved in the US market, so we don’t get them. This is especially unfortunate, as the next generation BMW 5 Series Touring looks to be shaping up pretty well.
Recently caught running around in camouflage, the next-gen G31 BMW 5 Series Touring shows us some of its designs. With wider and flatter kidney grilles, reminiscent of the G11 BMW 7 Series, and angrier headlights adorn the front end. It also has a low, sweeping roofline all the way to the rear hatch and gives it one of the better looking profiles of all luxury wagons.
It’s hard to tell which 5 Series model this is, because there are some conflicting details. There seem to be twin rectangular exhaust tips, typically found on the 550i, so we can surmise that this is the V8 model (not sure if BMW will be keeping the 550i moniker). However, on the front fender, there seems to be a charging point as well, which would indicate the plug-in hybrid 530e model. Typically, the plug-in hybrid models don’t come with high-performance V8’s and dual exhaust. It’s likely, however, that this body is just a test mule body of the plug-in hybrid model but isn’t actually a hybrid.
It’s doubtful that this 5 Series Touring will make it to our shores, but the European markets will be lucky to have it, as it’s shaping up to be a fine car. With its new dynamics, thanks to the shared CLAR platform from the G11 BMW 7 Series, the new 5er should be fantastic to drive. Adding the Touring body style just gives it more practicality, which is incredibly helpful for families. But for North American markets, if a family wants a capacious and luxurious BMW, they’ll have to get one of BMW’s SUV models, which don’t handle or perform as well as the 5er. Lucky Europeans.
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