BMW Introduces 2011 5-Series TouringBy Chris Weiss
BMW ‘Touring’ varieties may not be the most lusted-after, sexy vehicles rolling out of BMW’s big garage, but they are some of the most practical and family-oriented models. Think of it this way: they bring a little style to an otherwise dull, utilitarian class of vehicles.
BMW describes the new wagon as an amalgamation of pleasure, efficiency, versatility and elegance. On the outside, BMW injects a distinct look to the Touring with a steeply inclined roofline, long wheelbase and long hood. Underneath that prominent hood, four engine options await owners: a 184 hp turbo-diesel four-cylinder, a 245 hp six-cylinder diesel, a 204 hp straight-six gasoline engine and a 306 hp straight-six gas engine. All engines are available with an eight-speed automatic.
Other notables include folding seats that expand storage from 560 liters to 1,670 liters, optional Dynamic Driving Control, which allows drivers to set suspension to their preferences, and BMW ConnectedDrive features.
It’s pretty unlikely that the 5-Series Touring will come to the States, given our less-than-welcoming disposition toward station wagons, no matter how pleasing, elegant, versatile and efficient. [via egmCarTech]