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BMW reveals new 5 Series Touring

Hot on the heels of the launch of BMW's new 5 Series saloon comes the unveiling of the next Touring model with these first pictures. The new estate model will go on sale in the UK in September.

From launch, the fourth generation 5 Series Touring will be offered with 2.0- and 3.0-litre turbodiesel engines. These units offer 53.3- and 44.1mpg combined economy respectively. Petrol motors are taken care of by the same six-cylinder engines as used in the 523i and 535i.

To make the Touring as practical as possible, BMW has introduced 40/20/40 split and fold rear seats that tip flat into the load floor. The load cover retracts and lowers automatically as the tailgate is opened and closed, while the tailgate has a separately opening rear window.

With the rear seats in use, the 5 Series Touring has a load space of 560-litres, while with the rear seats folded it can provide up to 1670-litres of cargo capacity. An option for the new estate is the Extended Storage facility that allows the rear seats to be positioned at a more upright angle to add a further 30-litres of boot space when the rear seats are in use.

Self-levelling rear suspension is standard for all Touring models to maintain an even ride when the car is heavily loaded. BMW also says it has retained the 50:50 front to rear weight distribution of the saloon to preserve the 5 Series' reputation for handling ability.

The rest of the 5 Series Touring is much as the saloon. For the big-selling 520d model, 0-62mph comes up in 8.3 seconds for the manual version and top speed is 138mph. It also offers carbon dioxide emissions of 137g/km to be company car friendly.

All new 5 Series Touring feature BMW EfficientDynamics to help reduce emissions and improve economy. The 520d model is the first 5 Series Touring to use Auto Stop-Start to switch the engine off when the car is stationary in traffic.

Prices for the new 5 Series Touring start at £30,380 for the 520d, with the 530d coming in at £39,400. Petrol models cost from £33,585 for the 523i and the 535i begins from £39,650.

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