Luggage-swallowing BMW 5 Series Touring confirmed for 2024

BMW is following up its striking new 5 Series saloon with a Touring estate next spring – including electric variants

BMW 5 Series Touring teaser
  • 5 Series Touring confirmed for Spring 2024
  • Petrol, plug-in hybrid and electric versions
  • Prices from around £53,000 anticipated

Volvo might have taken its wagons off sale but the estate car isn’t dead yet, with a new BMW 5 Series Touring set to make its debut in Spring 2024.

With the first customers set to drive away in their all-new BMW 5 Series very soon, BMW has revealed that a Touring variant is also on the way, and will feature the same range of engines, including an i5 electric version, as the saloon hitting the roads in the next few weeks.

The i5 Touring should be particularly interesting, as one of only a handful of fully electric estate cars available. It will be available in the same two-tier range as the saloon, meaning an i5 eDrive 40 powering its rear wheels with a 335bhp electric motor, and a range-topping i5 M60 xDrive, making a massive 593bhp, with power shared between the front and rear wheels.

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In saloon form the eDrive 40 has a claimed range of up to 362 miles on the WLTP testing cycle, while the more powerful M60 xDrive is just a little behind at 321 miles. Weight and aerodynamics will influence these figures for the Touring variants, but they’re likely to achieve similar range to their saloon counterparts.

With the Touring sharing the saloon’s engines, the rest of the range will comprise 48-volt mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, starting with a 2.0-litre mild-hybrid petrol, the 520i sDrive, which develops 205bhp and in saloon form, promises 49.6mpg and 130g/km of CO2. A plug-in model, expected to be badged 530e like the outgoing car, will likely offer 40-plus miles of EV range. There’s no diesel though, at least for the UK.

BMW’s sole teaser image doesn’t give much away on the 5 Series Touring’s new styling, but it shouldn’t be too much of a shock for those familiar with the look of the saloon, while the rear end probably won’t be far removed from that of the current 3 Series Touring. It’s an estate 5 Series; what you see is largely what you get.

Naturally it will share the saloon’s interior too, defined by a large, gently-curved driver and infotainment display screen and a simple, broad dashboard layout. Boot space hasn’t been confirmed, but something in the region of the current model’s 570 litres with the rear seats up is probably a safe bet.

Can't wait for the new model? Read our in-depth review of the outgoing 5 Series Touring...

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