A patent filing has revealed the latest generation of BMW 5 Series Touring.
BMW has recently been spied testing various 5 Series Touring prototypes including both electrified and internal-combustion engine powertrains.
These images from a patent application filed in the United Kingdom, however, show the new large wagon sans camouflage.
It could be revealed this year, though it’s unclear whether it will come to Australia. Sales of the current wagon to private buyers ended here back in 2020.
This appears to be a non-M Sport model, judging by its more sedate bumper treatment with slim, vertically oriented intakes and trapezoidal lower grille area.
The front fascia is essentially identical to the 5 Series sedan, but the Touring is naturally quite different from the B-pillar back.
The belt line rises up more sharply aft of the C-pillar than in the current 5 Series Touring, for a somewhat sleeker look.
The door handles are flush, which is a common motif in BMW’s latest models.
The patent images reveal a split-level tail light design similar to that of the sedan, with the lights stretching from the rear quarter panels onto the tailgate.
The rear bumper has adopted angular chrome-looking inserts. The images provided in the patent application show exhaust outlets underneath either side of the bumper.
The patent only illustrates one fuel/charging port.
We expect the 5 Series Touring to offer a similar range of powertrains to its sedan counterpart which, depending on the market, is available with mild-hybrid petrol and diesel and plug-in hybrid powertrains.
Electric models wear the i5 badge, and the Touring is expected to be offered with electric power.
BMW has also confirmed the next M5 will be available in both sedan and Touring body styles. It’s expected to pack a plug-in hybrid V8 powertrain.
Australian-market sedans have thus far been confirmed to receive only a single petrol and two electric powertrains, though the upcoming M5 is almost certain to come here given the uptake of BMW M cars here.
You can view a breakdown of the 5 Series and i5 sedan range here.
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