BMW's 5 Series Touring Now Locally Available

BY Azfar Hashim

BMW Asia today introduces the new BMW 5 Series Touring, the 'Executive Touring'.

It combines design aesthetics, modern premium-level functionality and brand-typical driving dynamics combined with exemplary efficiency. Extensive comfort and safety features, which include numerous BMW-exclusive driver assistance systems, substantiate the outstanding qualities of the new BMW 5 Series Touring as an upper midrange touring car.

An award-winning car, the new BMW 5 Series Touring has been honoured with numerous awards since its inception, including; the special “Red Dot design award 2011: Best of the Best” prize for top design quality; the coveted iF award for outstanding product design 2011; and iF Gold Award 2011 for outstanding design. 

Mr. Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia said: “Following the overwhelming success of the new BMW 5 Series executive saloon, we are extending our product portfolio to cater for the customer demand in the touring body concept. With its maximum versatility, driving pleasure and aesthetics in a premium vehicle, we are confident that the new BMW 5 Series Touring will be well-received by customers who wish for more flexibility and space in their cars without having to compromise on stylishness, driving pleasure, fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness.”

The design of the new BMW 5 Series Touring is characterized by a high level of individuality with regard to its proportions and surface design. Its uniqueness is reflected by dynamic and powerful looks. With its long bonnet, short overhangs, the longest wheelbase in its segment, the stretched silhouette and a steeply inclined roofline, the new BMW 5 Series Touring possesses elegance unrivalled by its competitors.

Thanks to a multi-functional interior and intelligent detail solutions, the new BMW 5 Series Touring is fully equipped to meet the most diverse demands. The luggage compartment has a capacity of 560 liters. If desired, an increase in capacity to a maximum of 1,670 liters is guaranteed by 40:20:40 split folding rear seats, which are unique in this segment. The backrest angle is variable by up to 11 degrees. The backrest can be folded down using two control levers inside the luggage compartment, the loading space cover of which is automatically lowered when the tailgate is closed. The separately opening rear window automatically swings upwards at the push of a button.

The most advanced drivetrain and suspension technologies ensure supreme sportiness and a higher level of motoring comfort. Optional Dynamic Damper Control enables drivers to set the suspension individually to their personal requirements. The new BMW 5 Series Touring features the pneumatic suspension on the rear axle, including automatic self leveling. Adaptive Drive comes standard on the BMW 550i Touring and is optionally available on the BMW 535i Touring, while the Integral Active Steering comes as optional for both variants. The straight-six engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo under the bonnet of the BMW 535i Touring, with High Precision Injection and VALVETRONIC, develops a power output of 306bhp. The new BMW 5 Series Touring fully complies with the EU5 requirement.

The new BMW 5 Series Touring comes standard with BMW’s eight-speed sport automatic transmission. Like the electro-mechanical power steering EPS utilized, it makes an additional contribution towards efficiency. The standard BMW EfficientDynamics measures comprise brake energy regeneration, demand dependant ancillary components and active air flap control. An intelligent lightweight construction is obtained through doors, bonnet, front side panels, drivetrain and suspension components made of aluminium.

The spectrum of features offered by BMW ConnectedDrive comprises of Parking Assistant and Head-up Display which come standard on the BMW 535i Touring and BMW 550i Touring, with other optional features such as collision warning with brake activation in conjunction with Active Cruise Control, Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, High-beam Assistant, as well as the BMW Night Vision with detection of persons. The BMW 550i Touring also comes standard with the Adaptive Headlights and Surround View.

The BMW 5 Series Touring is based on a newly developed vehicle architecture also used for the BMW 7 Series luxury sedans. Joint production of the BMW 5 Series Touring, the BMW 5 Series Sedan, the BMW Gran Turismo and the BMW 7 Series at the BMW Dingolfing Plant, combined with the extensive use of shared components, ensures highly efficient production incorporating maximum possible quality standards.

The new BMW 535i Touring will be available at all BMW showrooms, while the BMW 550i Touring will be available upon indent, from early September 2011.