2021 BMW 5-Series Touring

2021 BMW 5-Series Touring
2021 BMW 5-Series Touring Front View

2021 BMW 5-Series Touring
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2021 BMW 5-Series Touring
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2021 BMW 5-Series Touring
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A heightened sense of outward authority, an interior brimming with detail refinements, the efficiency-enhancing influence of electrification and cutting-edge innovations in the areas of driver assistance, control/operation and connectivity help the new BMW 5-Series to cement its leading position at the premium end of the executive class.

Over 600,000 units of the BMW 5-Series Sedan and BMW 5-Series Touring have been sold worldwide since the market launch of the current model generation. Their eye-catching design aesthetic, hallmark BMW driving pleasure, trailblazing semi-automated driving technologies and unmatched digital services imbue the two models with standout appeal. And now, with a new wave of carefully judged optimisations carried out in these key areas, all the necessary pieces are in place to extend the illustrious history of the sporty business sedan and equally dynamic Touring all-rounder. The market launch of the new BMW 5-Series range will get underway in July 2020.

A success story dating back to 1972

The BMW 5-Series has the richest tradition of any model produced by the Munich-based premium carmaker. Presented for the first time in 1972, the BMW 5-Series Sedan is now in its seventh model generation and enjoys global popularity as an executive model for discerning customers. Meanwhile, the BMW 5-Series Touring - which has been around since 1991 and is now in its fifth generation - blends a perfect balance of dynamic sharpness and comfort with a larger interior capable of turning its hand to a variety of usage scenarios.

From BMW Plant Dingolfing to the world

The new BMW 5-Series, like every one of its predecessors since 1973, has been produced primarily at BMW Plant Dingolfing in Bavaria - the Group's centre of excellence for the production of large BMW models. Among the other cars manufactured here are the BMW 7-Series and BMW 8-Series luxury sports car. The new BMW 5-Series Sedan will also be built by production partner Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. The long-wheelbase version of the Sedan is made exclusively for the Chinese market at joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive's Dadong plant in Shenyang.

Stepping up the road presence: the new exterior

The exterior design of the BMW 5-Series is headlined by sporting grace and clean surfaces. Precise modifications showcase the Sedan and Touring's presence and exquisite sporting style even more vividly. Large, tautly drawn surfaces at the front and rear, the bold BMW kidney grille and new headlights and rear lights ensure the 5-Series exudes considerable visual impact.

Slight increase in vehicle length, but proportions otherwise unchanged

With their long bonnet, set-back passenger compartment, short overhangs, a long wheelbase and wide tracks, the familiar BMW proportions of the new BMW 5-Series Sedan and new BMW 5-Series Touring make no secret of the cars' dynamic character. Their width, height and wheelbase are unchanged, but the extra 27 millimetres (BMW 5-Series Sedan) / 21 millimetres (BMW 5-Series Touring) of exterior length - both models now measure 4,963 millimetres - underscore the sweeping elegance on display.

Leading the way once again for aerodynamic drag

With a drag coefficient as low as Cd = 0.23 in the case of the Sedan and Cd = 0. 26 for the Touring, the new BMW 5-Series models continue to set the standard for aerodynamics in their respective segments. Among the key contributors here are the sophisticated design of the cars' trim mouldings and the active air flap control system for the radiator.

Newly designed front end: taut surfaces, bold kidney grille, focused look

The most distinctive features of the revised front end include the bold BMW kidney grille with modified contouring and the headlights with new light graphic. Generously sized, tightly sculpted surfaces in body colour and vertical air intakes on either side of the front apron underscore the exterior's elegant interplay of lines and give the car an even more expressive appearance.

Modern evolution of the iconic BMW kidney grille

The prominent kidney grille immediately catches the eye with a new, octagonal form. This modern interpretation of the BMW icon adds extra width and height, drops down further into the front apron and is framed by a single-piece surround. Also playing their part in the grille's arresting appearance are the vertical bars, the top sections of which jut further out. The larger dimensions of the BMW kidney grille provide an attractive contrast against the now slimmer headlights.

New headlights with L-shaped daytime driving lights create a focused look

LED headlights with automatic headlight range control are again fitted as standard on the new 5-Series. The two daytime driving light sources - arranged next to one other - are U-shaped, the turn indicators are located in special light modules at the outer edge of the headlights.

The two new optional LED headlights create a totally new appearance. The two L-shaped light tubes arranged next to one another in each light unit have a precise and modern graphic. The new contouring of the headlights and the structure of the light sources at their heart bring a modern twist to the focused look familiar from BMW's past and present. With these units, the outer daytime driving lights also perform the role of turn indicators.

Interior and equipment

Hallmark features of the BMW 5-Series include an interior which blends contemporary elegance with driver-focused cockpit design - and therefore provides the ideal environment for driving pleasure and comfortable progress over long distances. High-quality materials and precise workmanship bring a modern, premium ambience to the new 5-Series' cabin. The iDrive control and operation system comprises a freestanding Control Display, which now has a 10.25-inch screen diagonal as standard. If the optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional is specified, the monitor's diameter increases to 12.3 inches.

Two other factors in the customary long-distance driving qualities of the BMW 5-Series are the generous feeling of space in all five seats and the superbly engineered acoustics. As well as effective body sealing and the sound insulation integrated into the headliner, acoustics-related measures also include soundproofing for the load compartment of Touring models.

Drive systems, transmissions and BMW xDrive

The BMW Group is pressing ahead with its electrification strategy for the new BMW 5-Series range, as elsewhere in its portfolio, by expanding the number of plug-in hybrid models significantly. The new BMW 530e Sedan and BMW 530e xDrive Sedan both combine latest-generation eDrive technology with a four-cylinder petrol engine, XtraBoost as standard and model-specific sound tuning. From autumn 2020, the range will welcome the arrival of the first plug-in hybrid options for the 5-Series Touring, starting with the BMW 530e Touring and BMW 530e xDrive Touring. Also joining the plug-in hybrid line-up in autumn 2020 will be a new range-topper in the form of the BMW 545e xDrive Sedan with six-cylinder petrol engine.

In the BMW 530e Sedan and BMW 530e xDrive Sedan, the newly improved 135 kW/184 hp four-cylinder petrol engine is partnered by an electric drive unit - producing maximum output of 80 kW/109 hp - that is integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission. For an added dose of sporting flair under particularly keen acceleration, the joint output of the two power sources can be increased by an additional 30 kW/40 hp to a maximum 215 kW/292 hp for up to 10 seconds. This XtraBoost feature, included as standard, is available when the Driving Experience Control switch is set to SPORT, when the selector lever is moved into the M/S position and in response to kickdown.

The plug-in hybrid powertrain can deliver maximum combined torque of 420 Nm (310 lb-ft). The new BMW 530e Sedan and BMW 530e xDrive Sedan plug-in hybrid models have an electric range of 62 - 67 kilometres (39 - 42 miles) and 56 - 58 kilometres (35 - 36 miles) respectively. Active Sound Design brings an authentic drive track to the car's interior via its audio system and hits a particularly exhilarating note when the Driving Experience Control switch is in SPORT mode. The acoustic protection for pedestrians generates an artificially generated driving sound to protect other road users when the car is travelling on electric power at up to 30 km/h (19 mph).

Engines with optimised BMW TwinPower Turbo technology

Heading the portfolio of conventional power units for the new BMW 5-Series is a V8 engine featuring latest-generation BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The line-up is completed by three more petrol and three diesel engines with either four or six cylinders.

The choice of engines for the new BMW 5-Series is spearheaded by a V8 unit boasting the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. Fitted in the BMW M550i xDrive Sedan, the engine's array of high-tech features includes two twin-scroll turbochargers with charge air cooling nestling in the V between the cylinder banks, High Precision Injection operating at a maximum pressure of 350 bar, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve timing and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. The V8 generates maximum output of 390 kW/530 hp and peak torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft). It delivers its prodigious power to the stirring acoustic accompaniment of the flap-controlled M Sport exhaust system fitted as standard.

The range of power units for the new BMW 5-Series Sedan and new BMW 5-Series Touring comprises three other latest-generation petrol engines (two four-cylinder units and a straight-six), which incorporate a twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve timing and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing.

The High Precision Injection system's injectors are positioned centrally between the valves and operate at a maximum pressure increased from 200 to 350 bar. This allows the fuel to be metered with even greater precision, thereby raising efficiency and also ensuring remarkably clean combustion.

The exhaust manifold integrated into the cylinder head - with a water-cooled design that serves to aid thermal management - features on both the 135 kW/184 hp four-cylinder engine fitted in the BMW 520i, BMW 530e and BMW 530e xDrive models and the six-cylinder in-line units producing outputs of 245 kW/333 hp in the BMW 540i and BMW 540i xDrive and 210 kW/286 hp in the new BMW 545e xDrive. The second four-cylinder engine can be found under the bonnet of the BMW 530i and BMW 530i xDrive, where it has a maximum output of 185 kW/252 hp.

Two-stage turbocharging and the latest generation of common-rail direct injection provide the technological underpinnings for the three diesel engines (one four-cylinder and two six-cylinder units) in the new BMW 5-Series range. This is the first time that a two-stage system of turbocharging has been used for all the diesel variants in the BMW 5-Series, the quick response of the smaller turbocharger enabling instantaneous power delivery.

The 140 kW/190 hp four-cylinder engine fitted in the BMW 520d and BMW 520d xDrive additionally comes with an updated version of the common-rail direct injection system. Solenoid injectors deliver fuel to the combustion chambers at up to 2,500 bar, resulting in incredibly fine atomisation and a remarkably clean combustion process.

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