Flexible 5 Touring joins BMW range in September

PD-BMW-5-TouringBMW has released the first images of its new 5 Series Touring estate model, which will reach the UK market in September 2010.

It’s the third body style in the new 5-series range, following the Grand Tourer, launched last year, and the new Saloon, which went on sale last month. And although estates are popular with some private hire firms, it is the Grand Tourer that BMW is pushing toward the chauffeur sector – indeed, the 5-series GT will join the 730Ld in the BMW chauffeur programme this year.

The new BMW 5 Series Touring line-up includes two diesel models, the 520d and 530d. All models feature 40:20:40 flat-folding rear seat backrests, a luggage load cover that retracts and lowers automatically with the tailgate and a self opening rear window for ease of loading smaller items - a unique feature in the market.

All models also feature self-levelling air suspension, while leather upholstery and automatic air conditioning with two-zone control are now standard for all models. The boot capacity of the new Touring is 560 litres, 60 more than the outgoing model, and a huge 1,670 litres with all rear seats folded.

A further option is Extended Storage that includes “cargo” functionality for rear seats. This allows the rear seat backrests to be fixed in a more upright position thereby increasing luggage capacity by 30 litres and minimising wasted space behind rear seats. This feature increases normal load capacity to 590 litres as well as adding lashing rails, storage nets and straps.

The 520d Touring offers a combined fuel consumption of 54.3mpg and a CO2 rating of 137g/km, while the 530d Touring emits just 165g/km (with automatic transmission), while averaging a combined consumption figure of 44.8mpg.

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