Not one to be outshone, BMW has released its 5 Series Touring before the Geneva Auto show next month. This comes after Mercedes released its E-Class Wagon. Unfortunately, the 2018 BMW 5 Series Touring will not be available in the U.S. However, the U.S. market will get the sleeker 5-Series Gran Turismo later this year. Read along for more information:
2018 BMW 5 Series Touring Exterior
Except for the rear, the wagon shares its exterior styling with the 5 Series sedan. It features the same kidney grille flanked by similar adaptive LED lights. Its radiator grille features new active slats that open up to channel more cooling air to the engine and shuts to optimize the model’s aerodynamics. Its bumper has been slightly revised and features new intakes with new air vents that optimize air flow to help reduce lift as well as increase dynamics, particularly during high speeds.
The model also features a pronounced beltline. It also features a hockey stick-shaped character line above its side skirts. At the rear, the wagon has adopted the 5 Series sedan taillights as well as the exhaust tips design. The model however gets a tailgate that has a small spoiler at the top and a sloping rear design that distinguishes it from the sedan. The rear window has also adopted a raked design that makes the fascia look sportier.
2018 BMW 5 Series Touring Interior
Like the outgoing model, the wagon interior is based on that of the 5 Series sedan. The current sedan received plenty of changes, which are also featured in the wagon. To start with, the model will feature a sculpted, detailed cockpit in place of the current flat cockpit. The dash on the other hand is more driver-centric. The wagon also gets a new steering where wrapped in leather with French contrast stitching. The steering wheel also features numerous buttons. BMW designers have also shifted the infotainment system from the previous built-in position to an iPad like look and mounted it on top of the dashboard. The shifter is wrapped in leather and next to it is a bigger iDrive controller.
The driver and front passenger get 16-way power adjustable seats. There is an option for 20-way power adjusted seats with massage and ventilation functions. Adding the M Sport package gets one an M Sport leather wrapped steering wheel, aluminum footrest and pedal covers as well as a SensaTec upholstered dash. Rear passengers on the other hand get 1.2 inches of extra legroom. The model also feature new storage compartments on the center console and in the door pockets. The wagon offers 570 liters of cargo space that expands to 1,700 liters upon folding the rear seats that have a 40/20/40 split folding functionality.
Tech-wise, the wagon comes with a 10.25-inch screen mounted on the dash. It integrates a navigation system, Smartphone operations and the entertainment system. The automaker also offers wireless charging, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Wi-Fi hotspot, Advanced Real-Time Traffic among other features as standard.
For safety, the model offers a number of autonomous features such as Lane keep assist, lane change assist, cross traffic warning and active cruise control with a Stop&Go function.
Engine Specs and performance
The 2018 BMW 5 Series Touring will get the same lineup of engines as it sedan sister. Therefore, the wagon is powered by a turbocharged 2.0 L, 4-cylinder engine and a turbocharged 3.0 L, 6-cylinder engine. The 4-cylinder mill produces 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque while the 6-cylinder engine is rated at 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque.
The automaker says that the base 530i model that is powered by the 2.0 L, 4-cylinder mill needs 6 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph, adding the xDrive makes the car two tenths faster. The 540i which uses the 3.0 L,-6-cylinder mill on the other hand takes 4.9 seconds in RWD and 4.7 seconds with xDrive. The top speed is limited at 130 mph for both models but there is an option to hike it to 155 mph.
There will also be two diesel engines. The base diesel mill is a 2.0 L,4-cylinder engine that produces 190 hp. The more powerful diesel mill is a turbocharged 3.0 L, 6-cylinder engine rated at 261 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. It takes 6.1 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph. The model will also feature a plug-in hybrid with an electric range of 27 miles.
The engines are mated to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission or a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Price and release date
BMW is yet to release official prices of the 2018 BMW 5 Series Touring. Given the array of new state-of-the-art technology and design upgrades, I expect the model’s price to increase slightly. Currently, the base 430i has a starting price of $47,430; expect the new model to fetch around $49,000.
Top rivals of the 2018 BMW 5 Series Touring will be the Volvo V90 and as you would expect, Mercedes is in the mix with their Benz E-Class Wagon.