The midsize executive family hauler / business assistant version of the all-new G30 5 Series has become official ahead of the actual worldwide reveal during the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.

BMW is introducing the practical Touring G31 wagon, complete with most of the design and the same aluminum-intensive CLAR architecture. The company hasn’t revealed exact details about the diet, but we expect something in line with 100 kilograms (220 pounds) as it was the case with the sedan, with the model getting the tailgate along with the suspension side members from aluminum. Most importantly, the new 5 Series Touring comes with a cargo capacity of 570 liters with the rear seats unfolded, or 1,700 liters when the bench is dropped. The load total has also been enhanced – by as much as 120 kilograms (264 pounds) to 720-730 kg (1,587-1,609 lbs), depending on the version.

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Versatility is a must in this segment, so there’s 40:20:40 split folding rear seats, separate rear window opening, electric remote backrest release, as well as an automatic tailgate function for handsfree operation. The new 5 Series Touring will inherit from the sedan a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine for the 530i model, packing 252 horsepower (185 kilowatts) and 258 pound-feet (350 Newton-meters) of torque. The more elegant turbo inline-six 3.0-liter will churn out 340 hp (250 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) in the 540i xDrive and both share the ubiquitous eight-speed automatic transmission. The diesel side is well represented: 2.0-liter four-cylinder for the 520d comes to life with 190 hp (140 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) while the larger and optionally xDrive equipped 530d has the inline-six 3.0-liter good for 265 hp (195 kW) and a huge torque of 457 lb-ft (620 Nm).

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No matter the choice, all models have perks such as rear air suspension with automatic self-leveling but if you pay extra you can go for practical sportiness with the M Sport suspension lowering the ride height by 10 mm, the dynamic dampers, the Adaptive Drive system with active roll stabilization, or the Integral Active Steering system which can be had on xDrive models. BMW will feature the 5 Series in front of the worldwide audience of the Geneva Motor show in March and then proceed to sales from June – with more versions to come later on this year.


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