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2011 BMW 5-Series Touring (Wagon)



2011 BMW 5 Series Touring top

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Along with an all-new BMW 5-Series comes an all new 5-Series Touring (wagon), which is essentially the sedan with the roof extended. That means just about everything available on the 2011 5-Series sedan will also be offered on the wagon, including Variable Damper Control, 8-Speed Sport automatic gearbox, EfficientDynaics technology, surround-view cameras and parking assist.

Under the hood, the 2011 5-Series Touring will launch with the 520d (184HP 2.0L diesel), 530d (245HP 3.0L diesel), 523i (204HP 3.0L petrol), and 535i (306HP 3.0L turbo petrol).

European sales will begin this September. Its unlikely that the 5-Series Touring will be released in North America, mainly because of the aversion of North American buyers to wagons. But anything can happen. More details can be found in BMW`s press release.

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Hot on the heels of the new BMW 5 Series Saloon that goes on sale in March, BMW’s popular Touring model will reach the UK market in September 2010. It will be the fourth generation of Touring models in the 5 Series range and brings traditional BMW driving qualities and elegance to those seeking flexibility, adaptability and versatility from their car.

Initially available in four derivatives, the new BMW 5 Series Touring offers a choice of two petrol cars, the 523i and 535i, and two diesel models, the 520d and 530d. All four are packed with innovative technology that ensures class-leading performance, fuel economy and CO2 emissions, while providing an elegant, comfortable and driver-oriented estate car.




Output Hp



Zero to 62 mph


Combined mpg



Top speed Mph

BMW 520d Touring





54.3 (53.3)

137 (139)

138 (137)

BMW 530d Touring





44.1 (44.8)

169 (165)

151 (150)

BMW 523i Touring




8.2 (8.4)

35.8 (36.2)

185 (182)

144 (141)

BMW 535i Touring




6.0 (6.1)

32.8 (33.2)

201 (197)


Tim Abbott, Managing Director of BMW UK, said: “BMW can fairly claim to have created the idea to turn executive saloon cars into practical yet still fun to drive estates with its first 5 Series Touring in the UK back in 1991. Up until then most large estates were utilitarian load-luggers that eschewed both the driving capabilities of their saloon cousins as well as the style. The 5 Series Touring changed all that and its success has led to the new fourth generation being unveiled today.

“Since the UK is the third largest market for the 5 Series Touring, this new model is an important and exciting one for us. Offering best in class performance, fuel efficiency and emissions, I have high hopes for the new 5 Series Touring here.”

The new BMW 5 Series Touring is an uncompromising synthesis of power, handling, versatility and elegant style. It has been designed to reflect its almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution with beautifully balanced proportions, short overhangs, a flowing roofline and a long, contoured bonnet. It is at once a sporting, dynamic and attractive car with intelligent versatility built in.

For example, all models feature 40/20/40 flat-folding rear seat backrests, a luggage load cover that retracts and lowers automatically with the tailgate and a self opening rear window for ease of loading smaller items – a unique feature in the market. All models also feature self-levelling air suspension at the rear to ensure that the Touring is unaffected when carrying heavy loads. For the comfort of driver and passengers alike Dakota leather upholstery is now standard for all models as is automatic air conditioning with two-zone control.

Outside, the roof rails are now finished in matt aluminium, although black high gloss or matt black can be specified at no cost and chromeline exterior window surrounds are now standard. Matt aluminium or high gloss shadowline can be specified optionally. Park Distance Control, front and rear, and Bluetooth telephone preparation are also now standard for all models while a USB audio interface and ambient lighting are standard for six-cylinder cars.

Space and comfort

The boot capacity of the new Touring is 560 litres, 60 more than the outgoing model, and a huge 1,670 litres with all rear seats folded. A further option is Extended Storage that includes “cargo” functionality for rear seats. This allows the rear seat backrests to be fixed in a more upright position thereby increasing luggage capacity by 30 litres and minimising wasted space behind rear seats. This feature increases normal load capacity to 590 litres as well as adding lashing rails, storage nets and straps. Naturally, a ski bag is available as an option.

The new Touring has the longest wheelbase in its class at 2,968mm, creating a greater feeling of interior space. This translates into an extra 13mm of knee room for rear passengers, compared to the previous 5 Series.

Inside, the cabin features many of the sporting but luxurious quality and comfort features found in the BMW 7 Series. Inclined seven degrees towards the driver, the asymmetrically designed centre console ensures that all controls are comfortably within the reach. The multifunctional steering wheel has been simplified, putting all of the function keys in one hand and infotainment in the other.

The use of partial Black Panel technology on the instrument panel and centre console adds an extra touch of luxury to the cabin. A signature piece of BMW design, Black Panel technology integrates the centre console into the trim of the car. High-resolution electronic displays are visible when needed, but when not in use they discreetly blend in to form an elegant black band across the interior.

High performance in every aspect

The 520d Touring is expected to be the biggest seller in the UK. Its 1,995cc four cylinder diesel engine features the latest generation common-rail direct injection and a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry which increases power to 184hp at 4,000rpm. Combined with torque of 380 Nm from only 1,900 rpm this jewel of an engine ensures that it can provide swift and safe overtaking responses at any time.
The 520d Touring accelerates from zero to 62mph in 8.3 seconds and onto a top speed of 138mph. Sipping fuel at a combined fuel consumption of 54.3mpg and offering a CO2 rating of 137g/km, the BMW 520d Touring is the most efficient car in the executive estate car segment.

The silky smooth straight-six turbocharged engine of the 530d Touring ups the diesel ante. Now equipped with increased power of 245hp at 4,000rpm and with a peak torque of 540Nm from as low as 1,750rpm, the 530d Touring provides more of what enthusiastic customers love. With the introduction of upgraded piezo-injectors, the BMW 530d emits just 165g/km (with automatic transmission), while averaging a combined consumption figure of 44.8mpg. The BMW 530d is capable of accelerating from zero to 62mph in just 6.4 seconds and attaining an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph.

Joining the diesel-powered cars from launch are two straight-six petrol engines – the 523i and the 535i. The 535i is the first engine to combine a single turbocharged engine with High Precision Direct Injection and VALVETRONIC – BMW’s own system that controls how much the engine’s valves open for optimum efficiency. These measures allow the engine to meet strict emissions regulations whilst delivering optimum performance with a zero to 62mph time of 6.0 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph. Consumption and emissions figures reflect its technological prowess with 33.2mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 197g/km, both values using the more popular automatic transmission.

The naturally-aspirated 523i Touring has also utilises High Precision Direct Injection resulting in high-revving, responsive driving characteristics, combined with low fuel consumption and emissions. The 523i unit delivers maximum output of 204hp at 6,100 rpm and a peak torque of 270Nm from 1,500 all the way through to 4,250 rpm to ensure smooth progression at any speed. Its responsiveness translates into a zero to 62mph speed of 8.2 seconds with a top speed of 155mph*. Its economical nature delivers CO2 emissions of 183g/km and a combined consumption of 36.2mpg.

Efficient and Dynamic at no extra cost

The new BMW 5 Series Touring comes with a dazzling array of EfficientDynamics technologies. The BMW 520d Touring is the first 5 Series to come with Auto Start-Stop, reducing the engine idle period when coming to a short stop. All manual gearbox models come with an Optimum gearshift indicator to help drivers decide when to change gear to optimise the car’s efficiency.

Completing the panoply of BMW’s pioneering EfficientDynamics package are Brake Energy Regeneration, Active Aerodynamics, Low rolling resistance tyres, Electric Power Steering and lightweight engineering throughout the vehicle. High-precision direct fuel injection is also fitted on both petrol models.


All BMW 5 Series Touring models come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox which has been optimised compared to previous transmissions for greater efficiency. A redesigned gearshift lever and enhanced internal packaging have resulted in a smoother, sportier gearshift.

The option of BMW’s new eight-speed automatic transmission brings the luxury and refinement of the 7 Series to the new Touring range. While being six per cent more fuel efficient, the weight and size of the gearbox remain unchanged. Buyers of all variants can specify the eight-speed automatic gearbox or an eight-speed Sport automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddles for those that prefer more enthusiastic style of driving.

For those BMW 5 Series Touring models specified with Variable Damper Control or Adaptive Drive packages, the Drive Dynamic Control (DDC) chassis configurator is fitted to enhance ride and handling still further. DDC allows for fine tuning of the chassis with the choice of Normal, Comfort, Sport and Sport+. Each mode changes the levels of steering assistance, throttle response, gear change characteristics, degree of Dynamic Stability Control interaction and, courtesy of adjustable dampers, the ride and handling characteristics.

Innovative new optional equipment

The BMW 5 Series Touring can be specified with Park Assist to enhance driver convenience. Once a button on the centre console is pressed ultrasound sensors located in the side indicator surrounds scan the road either side of the vehicle for an appropriate parking space. On location of a suitable free bay the driver then only need operate the accelerator and brake pedals while the Park Assist system swiftly slots the car into the space with ease.

Four-wheel Integral Active Steering can also be specified for the first time on a 5 Series Touring and a car equipped with it benefits from a turning circle reduced by half a metre. Meanwhile, the Surround View system uses cameras in the side mirrors and the front wheel arches in conjunction with Park Distance Control and the optional Reversing Assist camera to provide a 360 degree view on the iDrive display for perfect parking.
The BMW 5 Series Touring is offered with a wealth of optional equipment to enhance driver safety, comfort and enjoyment. Head-up Display, Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, Speed Limit Info and two rear entertainment packages are all available.

In the UK the BMW 5 Series Touring will be offered with four optional equipment packages. BMW Business Advanced Media and BMW Professional Multimedia packages include BMW Navigation, BMW ConnectedDrive – Assist and Online and Voice control. The Dynamic package includes 19-inch alloy wheels, Sport seats, Anthracite headlining, Sport leather steering wheel and High-gloss exterior trim. The Visibility package includes Adaptive headlights, Xenon headlights, High-beam Assist and headlight wash.

The new 5 Series Touring goes on sale on 18 September, 2010.


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Here’s A BMW X7 Pickup Truck You Can’t Have



BMW X7 pickup truck

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It’s not April 1, so no jokes here. This car is very real, but you can’t buy one.

BMW has transformed its biggest SUV into a pickup truck, and it’s pretty cool.

Developed by BMW Group vocational trainees in cooperation with the Concept Vehicle Construction and Model Technology divisions at BMW’s Munich plant, the BMW X7 Pickup is a one-off concept that can carry five passengers and an F 850 GS motorcycle. The roof panel, rear door skins, and tailgate are made from carbon fiber to minimize weight, trimming 440 pounds off the X7 SUV’s weight despite being a four inches longer.

The truck bed is finished in fine-polished wood finish, while a height-adjustable two-level air suspension makes it easier to get things into it.

There are no mechanical changes. Power is provided by a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that has been turbocharged to produce 340 horsepower, with an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the four wheels. BMW didn’t publish towing capacity, or revealed the effect the pickup conversion has on performance.

The BMW X7 truck concept looks production-ready and could be an interesting addition to the BMW lineup, but the German automaker stresses it has no plans to build it. What a shame.

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10 Exciting Electric Cars Coming In 2020



Rivian R1T Electric Truck

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2020 is a good year for anyone shopping for an electric vehicle.

If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on the perfect electric car, 2020 could be the year you found one. It’s noteworthy for the large number of high-profile EVs that will be released.

With prices becoming competitive and range anxiety almost a thing of the past, the age of the electric vehicle is truly upon us. Whether you’re looking for a practical car to use for daily commutes or something that simply wows people with impeccable style, there’s bound to be something for you. Here are ten exciting electric vehicles we are looking forward to the most in 2020.

Rivian R1T Truck R1S SUV

1. Rivian R1T Truck / R1S SUV

There have been much excitement surrounding Rivian, and for good reason. The electric car upstart is seen by many as a serious threat to Tesla, and you have the Rivian R1T and R1S SUV to thank for that. The all-electric R1T pickup truck is arguably the coolest and most well-rounded pickup in recent memory, offering supercar-levels of performance (it does zero to 60 mph in just 3 seconds!), world-class trucking capabilities, and serious off-road chops. A massive 80kWh battery gives it an effective driving range of 400 miles (644 km) and can be charged to 100% capacity in an hour when depleted.

Mechanically identical to the R1T, the R1S is for those who would prefer more seats and a hatch rather than a truck bed. As a seven-passenger electric SUV, it’s better suited for carrying people around than the R1T.

Porsche Mission E-Cross Turismo Concept

2. Porsche Taycan / Taycan Cross Turismo

As the company’s first fully-electric vehicle, Porsche’s long-awaited Taycan four-door performance sedan and its high-riding Taycan Cross Turismo estate (wagon) variant will offer buyers a super powerful lithium-ion battery and up to 350 kW charging capacity. Both models can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds and have a driving range of more than 300 miles (500 km). Their battery can be charged to provide 62 miles of range in just four minutes.

New Tesla Model Y Small SUV

3. Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y is essentially the SUV version of the highly-popular Tesla Model 3, featuring the same interior design and similar performance. It offers more interior room than the Model 3, however, with an optional package allowing it to seat up to seven people. The most affordable Model Y will have a driving range of up to 280 miles (451 km/h), while the long-range version might deliver as much as 300 miles (483 km).

Volkswagen ID Hatchback Concept

4. Volkswagen ID Neo

As one of the more affordable family cars coming to the market, the Volkswagen ID Neo is for the masses. Essentially an all-electric interpretation of the highly-popular VW Golf, the practical five-door compact hatchback has capable motors, a 125kw charging capacity, and is expected to come with three different battery size options giving it a driving range from 180 miles on the low end to 342 miles.

Volkswagen ID Crozz II_Concept, Driving

5. Volkswagen I.D. Crozz

The VW I.D. Crozz is a fully-electric compact crossover with rear-biased all-wheel drive system. It offers 311 miles (500 km) of driving range, according to European NEDC tests, and performance should be brisk thanks to two electric motors generating a combined 302 hp. With a 150 kW DC fast charger, its battery can be recharged to 80 percent capacity in just 30 minutes.

According to Volkswagen, the production I.D. Crozz will have as much interior room as the VW Tiguan SUV.

Peugeot e-208 electric car

6. Peugeot e-208

French automaker PSA took its first step towards the full electrification of its entire lineup by 2023 with the Peugeot e-208, an all-electric version of Peugeot’s hot selling 208 city car. The impeccably-styled electric hatchback uses a 50 kWh battery pack to power a 100 kW electric motor for an estimated 211-mile (34 km) range on the WLTP cycle, while fast charging can give it an 80% charge in around 30 minutes.

Primed for city driving, the electric Peugeot e-208 should be within reach for most people, even those who might need a little help from car-buying service like Buy Here Pay Here Car Lots.

Audi E-Tron Sportback

7. Audi e-tron Sportback

The Audi e-tron Sportback is one of the more exciting, head-turning electric vehicles coming in 2020. As a coupe-like SUV, it is a more stylish interpretation of the new Audi e-tron SUV for those who place design above practicality. And like the regular e-tron SUV, it will likely utilize one electric motor at the front and one at the rear to produce a maximum of 402 horsepower (300 kilowatts) and 490 lb⋅ft (664 Nm) of torque, allowing it to hit 60 miles per hour (96 km/h) in 5.7 seconds before reaching an electronically-limited top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h). A 95-kilowatt-hour battery pack provides a driving range of over 200= miles EPA range and can be recharged to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.

White Polestar 2 EV

8. Polestar 2

As the second car from Polestar (formerly the performance arm of Volvo), the Polestar 2 is a five-door fastback EV featuring many hallmarks of Scandinavian design and offering 310 miles (500 km) of range from a 87kWh battery. Its 408 horsepower and all-wheel drive system provide more than enough propulsion to get you moving. Learn more about the Polestar 2.

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

9. Mercedes-Benz EQC

The Mercedes-Benz EQC is Mercedes-Benz’s first-ever all-electric SUV. A little bigger than the Mercedes-Benz GLC and expected to go on sale in early 2020, the electrified German SUV has an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery and two electric motors — one at each axle to provide all-wheel drive — that make 402 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 5.1 seconds. The EQC is estimated to be priced around $90,000.

BMW ix3 electric SUV Concept

10. BMW iX3

With the German government massively supporting the development of electric vehicles, it’s no surprise to see BMW bringing several to the market. Essentially an all-electric version of the popular X3 SUV, the BMW iX3 makes around 270bhp and can travel up to 249 miles on a full charge, and charging its 70kWh battery to full capacity when depleted takes just 30 minutes!

BMW plans to introduce a whole fleet of new electric vehicles over the next few years, and the iX3 will probably be its most popular model.

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New, 2020 BMW X6 SUV Arrives With Twin-Turbo V8, Light-Up Grille



New, 2020 BMW X6 SUV Coupe

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Its still a more stylish X5, but with a grille that lights up at night this time around.

Regardless of what you think about it’s polorizing design, the BMW X6 has been a relative success, having sold over 443,000 units since the first-gen model debuted in 2008. This success has warranted an all-new, third-generation X6.

The X6 was one of the first coupe-like crossovers — a funky-looking one at that– and the latest model sticks close to that formula. The overall proportions don’t change much — it still looks like a tall fastback on stilts — but the front and rear fascias have been upgraded with BMW’s latest design language.

Designers put more effort into differentiating the X6 from the more practical X5 than ever before, with distinct touches including a brand-first light-up grille that turns on at the same time as the daytime running lights.

The interior is mostly the same as the X5’s, including the driver-oriented center console and digital instrument cluster. A navigation system, tinted windows, a larger panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, and Apple CarPlay all come standard, but Android Auto is still not offered.

The new X6 is a little longer and wider than the previous model, meaning more room for driver and passengers. Cargo space is still undermined by the coupe-like design, but it too is a little larger at 27.4 cubic feet with all seats up and 59.6 cubes with the rear seat folded flat. If space is your priority, go for the X5.

At launch, the X6 will be available in three versions called sDrive40i, xDrive40i and M50i. The sDrive40i and xDrive40i source their power from a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine that produces 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque, while the M50i gets a 4.4-liter eight-cylinder TwinPower turbocharged engine with 523 hp and 553 lb-ft. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The X6 sDrive40i is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 5.2 seconds, while the all-wheel drive X6 xDrive40 reaches 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. The BMW X6 M50i is rear-wheel drive only and reaches 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds.

A proper M-tuned X6 M with over 600 horsepower will join the line-up later on, as will a plug-in hybrid model. European buyers will have access to several diesel options in addition to the aforementioned engines.

The all-new, 2020 BMW X6 is built in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and goes on sale in November 2019. Pricing starts at $64,300 for the sDrive40i model and $85,650 for the X6 M50i, both excluding a mandatory $995 destination charge.

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