THE new, fourth generation BMW 5 Series Touring has arrived in Australia.
The new 5 Series Touring is available in two models with the list price for the entry-level 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel 520d Touring starting at $92,800.
With its high performance 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo straight six cylinder petrol engine, the top-of-the-range 535i Touring is priced from $138,900.
Both models feature an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. In the case of the 535i Touring, this takes the form of an eight-speed sports self shifter.
With its short front overhang, long bonnet and gently sloping roofline topped by satin aluminium roof rails tapering to the rear tailgate, the 5 Series Touring delivers a sporting and elegant aesthetic.
The trademark BMW styling cues including a wide kidney grille, dual round headlights, strong side contour lines and rear L-shaped taillights give the car an instantly recognisable appearance while its broad low stance provides a powerful presence on the road.
With the longest wheelbase in its class measuring 2968mm and an overall length of 4907mm, the BMW 5 Series Touring offers a vast interior space with seating for five and a large carpeted rear luggage space.
To offer the greatest degree of versatility in its carrying capacity, the rear seat back splits and folds individually in three 40/20/40 sections providing a luggage capacity that ranges from 560 litres to 1670 litres.
The rear seat backs can also be adjusted through 11 degrees in seven increments, while the rear tailgate with its low-loading sill offers a separately opening rear window to allow quick and easy access to the luggage compartment. The window and tailgate can both be opened using the remote control.
The 5 Series Touring is available in black or white or a choice of 11 other metallic exterior colours (non-cost option for 535i). Inside, the standard fine Dakota leather interior upholstery is offered in a choice of six colours.
To further enhance the sporting visual and dynamic appeal of the 5 Series Touring, a full M Sport Package is optionally available on both models that includes 18-inch double spoke alloy wheels and complete M Aerodynamics Package, Sports Seats, M leather steering wheel and interior trim highlights, and a lowered sports suspension.
The petrol 535i accelerates from 0-100kmh in 6.1 seconds while offering combined EU fuel consumption figure of 8.5 litres/100km with CO2 emissions of 197g/km.
The 520d Touring is driven by the latest generation BMW 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 135kW at 4000rpm and peak torque of 380Nm between 1750rpm and 2750rpm. Combined fuel consumption is 5.3 litres/100km while CO2 emissions are 139g/km.
Mated to the standard eight-speed automatic transmission (the sports automatic transmission is optionally available), the 520d can cover the 0-100kmh sprint in 8.3 seconds.