BMW is set to introduce the new 5 Series Touring in Spring 2024. Previews of this vehicle have already taken place worldwide, signaling its readiness for the spotlight. Upon its debut next year, the 5 Series Touring will offer various drivetrain options, thanks to BMW’s adaptable CLAR architecture. Notably, the flagship model for this new series will not be a V8, as seen in previous iterations, but rather an all-electric variant: the BMW i5 M60 Touring.
Not Coming to United States
While the unveiling of the electric sedan counterpart came as no surprise, it’s intriguing that BMW has chosen not to bring the electric touring model to the U.S. market. While BMW has yet to officially confirm this decision, our sources indicate that there are no immediate plans to offer any 5 Series Touring in the United States. For the time being, the G99 BMW M5 Touring remains the only touring model available in the U.S., a choice that many will surely not be disappointed by.
590 HP / 601 PS, xDrive
Just like the sedan, the BMW i5 M60 will use an xDrive all-wheel drive and dual motors to generate an impressive 590 horsepower (601 PS) and 549 pound-feet of torque. When equipped with Sport Boost/Launch Control, this touring should be able achieve a rapid 0 to 60 mph acceleration in just 3.7 seconds. Despite being slightly heavier than the sedan, we expect a similar electric range: 455–516 kilometers (WLTP).
Not Many Design Differences Compared To The Sedan
There aren’t many design differences either when compared to the i5 sedan, aside from the obvious wagon shape. The taillights on the new i5 Touring differ from those on the sedan and bear a closer resemblance to the smaller 3 Series Touring. We also expect the rear glass to open independently from the tailgate, a hallmark feature of BMW’s wagons over the past decades.
At the front, the BMW 5 Series and i5 Touring will feature slimmer, modern looking headlights, and closed-off kidney grilles. Similar to the i4 and iX, the grilles are replaced with black plastic panels. Down the side of the car, it gets the same flush-style door handles as the i5 sedan and an attractive looking Hofmeister Kink.
iDrive 8.5 Standard
The inside should be a carbon copy of the sedan: sport seats, M Sports steering wheel, a curved display powered by iDrive 8.5 and a variety of trim and leather options, including vegan choices. The rear seating should be more generous than on the i5 Sedan, same for the cargo space area.
Production for the BMW 5 Series Touring and i5 Touring will begin in March 2024 and it’s expected to go into 2031 when the Neue Klasse generation of cars will take over the 5 Series lineup as well.