BMW 5 Series Touring

Production Cars 15 Mar 2010
BMW 5 Series Touring

BMW has released the official images and information on the 5 Series Touring, which debuts at the Leipzig Motor Show. The dynamic design features a flat extended silhouette and a sculptural body with concave and convex surfaces. It will go on sale on next September.


BMW 5 Series Touring Design SketchThe design of the 5 Series Touring, which will make its debut at the Leipzig Motor Show, is characterized by a dynamic, stretched and flat silhouette, underlined by the long wheelbase – just under 3 meteres – and combined with a coupe-like roofline.

The exterior elements shared with its sedan sister model are limited to the front section of the car, until the B-Pillars.

The body has a sculptural and three-dimensional styling with a complex interplay of convex and concave surfaces.

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BMW 5 Series Touring InteriorThe ample cabin has a design characterized by horizontal surfaces and dynamic lines and a driver-oriented cockpit, as in the brand’s tradition.

The 40 : 20 : 40 split folding rear seats can be inclined by up to 11 degrees in seven individual stages.

The luggage compartment has a variable capacity that ranges from 560 up to 1,670 liters,

The luggage compartment hatch and the luggage compartment cover open and close automatically, while the separate rear
window swings up automatically.

The range of available engines includes two straight-six gasoline engines as well as a four-cylinder and a six-cylinder diesel, with power outputs ranging from 135 kW/184 bhp to 225 kW/306 bhp.

BMW 5 Series TouringAll the units are Euro5 compliant and the BMW 530d fulfills the EU6 standard thanks to the optional BMW BluePerformance technology.

Among the efficiency-oriented features are the Brake Energy Regeneration system and the Auto Start Stop function.

The total weight has been limited thanks to the lightweight construction of the doors, hood, front side panels, drivetrain and suspension components, all made of aluminium.

The announced prices for the UK market range from £30.8k to £39.7k.

From the official Press Release:

Design

BMW 5 Series Touring Design SketchThe communalities in design of the new BMW 5 Series Touring and the
new BMW 5 Series Sedan are restricted to the front end and extend to the B-pillars of the body.

Thanks to sculptural styling, the body of the new BMW 5 Series Touring appears to be made
from one cast.

The long hood, short overhangs and a dynamic, wedge-shaped silhouette provide the vehicle with a sporty and active, forward-moving appearance.

Like the sedan, the new BMW 5 Series Touring has the longest wheelbase in its segment, measuring 2,968 millimetres.

BMW 5 Series Touring Tape On Clay ModelOnly from
a shorter distance and from a different perspective do the subtle light and shade effects become visible, revealing the three-dimensional character
of the convex and concave surfaces.

Another distinctive element is the counter-swing – also known as the “Hofmeisterknick”- for the rear section of the integral side window surround at the base of the
D-pillar.

At the front, the upright BMW kidney grille appears to be leaning forward when viewed from certain perspectives and, together with the powerfully flared wheel arches, gives the car a charismatic presence.

Four contour lines sweeping down into the kidney grille split the hood into individual sections. The two middle lines meet above the kidney grille, surrounding the BMW logo.

The wide air intake with round fog lamps positioned far to the outside provides a particularly sporting note through its division into three sections, with two horizontal bars dividing the air scoop on both sides.

BMW 5 Series TouringThese bars extend further on to the inside at kidney grille level, rendering the centre section of the air intake one complete unit.

Together with the contours of the air intake rising up to the outside, they emphasise the width of the front end, directing the onlooker’s eye
onto the wheel arches.

The headlight units extending far into the side panels also serve to
emphasise the width of the car.

The side view particularly emphasises this fact. With its stretched contours, the vehicle has a particularly flat silhouette.

This is emphasised by the slightly wedge-shaped geometry of the extended window surfaces and the distinctive contour line at door opener level.

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This contour line runs parallel to the door cavity covers and extends as far as the taillight. Together with the coupe-like roofline it creates an overall impression of being dynamically stretched. Also, the narrow body trim above the windows gives the new BMW 5Series Touring an air of lightness.

BMW 5 Series TouringThe contour lines continue in the contour
of the taillights and join above the number plate recess. Seen from the rear, the concave surface between the contour line and the wheel arches give the body a distinctly visible waistline.

The flared wheel
arches and the horizontal breakdown of the rear end strongly emphasise the powerful stature of the new BMW 5 Series Touring, the wide track and the wheels ending flush with the wheel arches, further enhancing this impression.

The wide rear window surface gives indication of the generously dimensioned luggage compartment hatch.

The third brake light positioned above the rear window on the visible edge of the roof spoiler is recognisable even when inactive.

The vertically divided, L-shaped rear light clusters reflect a brand-typical appearance and provide an unmistakable “night design”.

Two rows of LED lights recessed well into the tailgate are characteristic of homogeneously glowing BMW light elements. Moreover, the direction indicators and brake lights also feature LED technology.

Additional Features

The infotainment system includes the iDrive control system with a controller located on the centre console, direct selection and preference buttons and either a 10.2-inch or a 7-inch control display integrated into the dashboard. A new Head-up Display is also available.

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BMW 5 Series Touring InteriorAdditional features include a CD player, an AUX-in connection and six loudspeakers, automatic air conditioning with separate temperature control on the driver’s and front passenger’s side as well as an integrated owner’s manual.

Among the options are Comfort Access, a USB connection, a multi-channel audio system, rear seat entertainment systems, four-zone automatic air conditioning, active seats, Soft Close Automatic for the doors as well as a panorama sunroof.

An eight-speed automatic transmission as well as a sporty version with shift paddles on the steering wheel are also available.

The suspension system adopts a combination of front axle with a double-track control arm and an integral V rear axle, and pneumatic suspension on the rear wheels with automatic self-levelling.

(Source: BMW)

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