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Not-for-SA BMW 5-series Touring bows


Shown in sedan guise earlier this year, BMW has now unveiled the station wagon or Touring version of its new 5-series.

Set to make its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next month, and not expected to form part of the local 5-series line-up anytime soon, the Touring measures 36 mm longer, eight millimetres wider and ten millimetres taller than its predecessor, with a seven millimetre increase in wheelbase resulting in a claimed cargo capacity of 570-litres or 1 700 kg with the rear seats folded.

An improvement of ten and 30 kg over the outgoing Touring respectively, the newcomer also features an increase, by 120 kg, payload rating up to a maximum of 730 kg, while BMW's Comfort Access electric bootlid can also be have as an option.

Tipping the scales at 100 kg less than before, the Touring will also feature the same range of optional visual packages as the sedan; Sport and Luxury Line, with the M Sport pack consisting of a lowered suspension, 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels, M Sport specific interior and exterior trim and optional Dynamic Damper Control.

Up front, the Touring will use the same range of turbopetrol and turbodiesel engines as the sedan, with the former consisting of a 185 kW / 350 N.m 2.0-litre four cylinder in the 530i, and a 250 kW / 450 N.m 3.0-litre straight-six in the all-wheel drive only 540i xDrive.

Diesel power will comes from a 140 kW / 400 N.m 2.0-litre in the 520d with the flagship all-wheel drive 530d xDrive boasting a 3.0-litre straight-six with 195 kW and 620 N.m. Transmissions will consist of a six-speed manual or eight-speed Steptronic.

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