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Here’s what the upcoming M5 Wagon will look like

It’s possible you don’t know this, but BMW still makes plenty of 3 and 5 Series wagons. For some reason, people that live in the United States don’t buy them. Sigh. But now, there’s a new BMW 5 Series Touring based on the latest 5, and it gives a clue as to what the upcoming…

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It’s possible you don’t know this, but BMW still makes plenty of 3 and 5 Series wagons. For some reason, people that live in the United States don’t buy them. Sigh. But now, there’s a new BMW 5 Series Touring based on the latest 5, and it gives a clue as to what the upcoming M5 Wagon will look like.

That’s one we will be getting.

What’s the BMW 5 Series Touring?

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The 520d Touring. Photo: BMW

Although wagons, or “Touring” versions of BMWs stopped coming here after the E61, BMW made one for the F10 (dubbed F11), and the G31. Now we have the G61, and it matches the sedan in content:

  • Available in i5 eDrive 40 or i5 M60 xDrive trims.
  • No gasoline engines available at launch, but there will be a 530e plug-in hybrid coming in summer of 2024.
  • There will be a diesel, something else the US doesn’t get anymore. A four-cylinder 520d, and in the summer of 2024, a six-cylinder.
  • The diesels use a mild hybrid 48-volt system.
  • All 5 Series Touring models feature a rear-axle air suspension, including automatic self-leveling.
  • Same electric range for the i5 as the sedan, around 300 miles for the eDrive, 270 for the M60 variant.

This is a 5 Series with a backpack, what’s not to like (aside from the driving experience)? Judge the looks for yourself, but I think it’s better than the sedan.

So what will the M5 Touring be like?

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The Touring has SUV-like practicality. Photo: BMW

After trying the i5, I am concerned. How heavy will it be?

The M5 Touring is rumored to have well over 700 horsepower, using the same drivetrain from the XM:

  • A new 4.4-liter V-8 partnered with an electric motor and battery pack to push out 644 horsepower. The M5 will likely be more powerful.
  • The V-8 is all-new, the S68, replacing the S63. Right now, it’s available in the X5 M60, X6 M60, and X7 M60 trims, along with the XM. Yes, non-M cars now get S motors.
  • BMW has been unusually resistant to air suspensions, and the XM does not have one. I’m hoping that because the BMW 5 Series Touring does, the M5 will as well.

Seems no one wants an XM – BMW is offering a $10k discount for 2024. I expect the M5 to land under the XM’s pricing, but not by that much considering the jump in technology.

It’s the last BMW wagon left standing in the US. Too bad, I would have loved a 540i Touring as a daily.

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