While station wagons may not be as popular as crossover SUVs, there’s still a market for these versatile vehicles as evidenced by the launch of the 2017 BMW 5 Series Touring at the Geneva Motor Show. This latest iteration of a classic has a slightly larger footprint, but carries on the look of previous models, from its signature twin kidney grille through the understated crisp design of the body.

In addition to offering more interior room for people and cargo, the BMW 5 Series Touring has been upgraded for better ride and acoustic damping. BMW said the load space on the wagon has been increased by 10 liters to 570 liters with the rear seats up and 1700 liters (30 more than previous) when the 40/20/40 split-folding rear bench is lowered.

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Gas and diesel power

The 5 Series Touring will go on sale in Europe this June with a choice of four engines, two of which can be teamed with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive systems. The base 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gas engine generates 252 horsepower and peak torque of 258 lb-ft and is equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission. A 3.0-liter gas inline 6-cylinder engine mated to xDrive all-wheel drive is standard on the BMW 540i Touring and it makes 340 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Two diesel powerplants include a 2.0-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder engine with 190 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque on the 520d Touring, while a larger 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder on the 530d makes 265 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. The latter is also equipped with xDrive all-wheel drive.

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Standard equipment on the car includes self-levelling rear air suspension, active body roll stabilization and active steering, which is used for the steering and lane assist controls. Other new features include available remote parking control and BMW’s gesture control. It’s not likely that we’ll see the 5 Series Touring in the U.S. market due to the popularity of the brand’s success with the X5 SUV.


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