Upon its release, the 5-Series Touring will be powered by four engines globally, two gasoline and two diesel. Entry-level 525i wagons will receive a 2.5 liter
The top of the line wagon will be the 545i Touring, equipped with a 325 horsepower (333-hp in Europe) V8 engine for serious performance.
straight six which generates 192 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. The slightly heavier Touring model needs 8.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h, before attaining a top speed of 232 km/h (144 mph). Average combined city/hwy consumption is rated by BMW at 9.9 L/100 km (24 mpg) driven.
The high performance version, the 545i Touring, will be equipped with a 325 horsepower (333-hp in Europe) V8 engine that features Valvetronic engine technology. If driving fun is as important to the driver as being able to haul extra cargo, buyers will appreciate the option of BMW's SMG II 6-speed sequential gearbox, optional with the 545i Touring.
European customers also get a newer version of BMW's 2.5 liter turbodiesel engine. The 6-cylinder oil-burner features four valves per cylinder and common rail technology. Output equals 177 horsepower, up from 163, while torque is now 295 lb-ft, up from 258 lb-ft in the previous 2.5-L diesel. With the added punch from the upgraded powerplant, the 525d is capable of reaching 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds before topping out at 225 km/h (140 mph). Fuel consumption is rated at a thrifty 7.0 L/100 km (34 mpg). Equally impressive is the 530d, which utilizes the same technology but on a slightly larger scale. Altogether a maximum of 218 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque is at the disposal of the driver's right foot. This more powerful engine allows the 530d to scamper to 100 km/h in 7.2 seconds and charge to a top speed of 242 km/h (150 mph). Fuel consumption is only slightly higher than the 530d, at 7.2 L/100 km (33 mpg). Those that appreciate saving money while improving the environment, new-generation diesels are about 17 percent cleaner burning than equivalently powered gasoline engines due to fuel economy benefits, can hardly wait for 2006 when low-sulfur diesel hits the North American market, making cars like the 525d and 530d feasible.
As the 5-Series Touring shares nearly all its DNA with the 5-Series sedan, expect it to be an excellent on-road performer, even when fully loaded. In order to compensate for the load-carrying capabilities of the wagon, an air suspension system has been added to the rear Z-axle suspension. Aside from offering self-leveling capabilities, it also helps to ensure comfort.
The 5 Touring will ride on standard sixteen-inch alloy wheels, with a variety of optional high-performance wheel and tire packages. Like the sedan, the Touring can be outfitted with such innovative features as Active Drive, Active Steering, Head Up Display, and corner-adaptive xenon headlamps.
At the other end, the tailgate not only benefits from a low loading lip, it also features remote operation via the car's key fob.
On the inside the 5 Touring looks to be much the same as the sedan, with a driver-centric cockpit, extremely high-grade materials and a user-friendly layout. Major controls are routed through BMW's once controversial but now much improved iDrive system.
The 5-Series Touring will arrive in European showrooms later this year and in North America some time thereafter, and should boost sales substantially over the outgoing sport wagon.
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