The German automaker BMW is testing another new lineup of the 5-Series Touring cars. The paparazzi lenses got a wagon undergoing testing in Europe. According to preliminary data, this car should go on sale in 2017. Its competitors include the Audi A6 Avant, the Jaguar XF Sportbrake and the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
The exterior of the car combines the features of the 7-Series and the conceptual solutions from Gran Lusso Coupe concept. Practicality is another reason why this car is so desirable. Being Elegant and spacious, it looks great and is designed taking into account the best solutions in its class. It is comfortable to drive and you can really relax while driving. Passengers who occupy the luxurious seats in the rear enjoy a generous amount of space.
An excellent access to the practically useful trunk is enabled due to the large rear door, which was extended to 560 litres, having a plurality of drawers and different mounting solutions for the oversized cargoes accommodation. With the rear seats folded down, the cargo space can be extended to 1670 litres.
The suspension of the vehicle is very flexible and the car rides in a very quiet way. One can hear the wind noise, just because silence is one of the engine advantages. However, if you prefer a sports car and, at the same time, would like to enjoy the comfort mode, you will need to install the adaptive dampers, because the suspension of sports models is very hard and extremely uncomfortable.
The long 5-Series Touring wheelbase offers an enormous legroom, so the rear passengers have enough space for comfort sitting, as well as the front ones. However, it should be mentioned, that the rear center passenger could feel sort of a discomfort during long journeys caused by a large transmission tunnel, taking up some space.
Numerous positions for the seat and a steering wheel are provided for the driver of any configuration, so that he can choose the individual comfortable driving position.
A minimalist interior of the new 2017 model combines high-quality finishing materials with a rigor of design. The front console represents all the best qualities of modern cars and has a logical structure, fully adapted to the driver. The IDrive System is an infotainment board with a mass of online services.
It is even possible to adjust the optional display for indicating the current speed, the satellite navigation and other various instructions on the windshield, so you do not have to be distracted from the road.
The car will be available with a range of 2.0 and 3.0 liter petrol and diesel engines. A turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine with 400 horsepower is worth of attention. In addition, some models will be equipped with 1.5 liter unit, especially for economical driving fans.
We should also pay attention to the hybrid version of the wagon, with a combined system of the 2.0 liter gasoline engine and an electric motor. The total capacity of the system will produce 242 horsepower.
The leather seat upholstery, Bluetooth connection with your phone, climate and cruise control are the main items of equipment for all models of cars in the base set. You can also purchase additional options, offering the functionality extension and the driving quality improving. The automatic headlights with wipers, front and rear wheels parking sensors are among them.
The carmakers have done everything to provide the model security. They used traction and electronic stability control to prevent skidding. Standard equipment BMW includes accommodation of six airbags, providing maximum protection for different types of collisions.
Numerous crash tests have shown exceptional vehicle safety for passengers as well as for pedestrians. The only drawback is the unavailability of all-wheel drive cars in Europe, so an extra set of winter tires will be needed for travelling on snow-covered or icy roads.