BMW’s Design Head Denies Confirming The M5 Touring Is Heading To America

Reports earlier this week suggested BMW’s Head of Design had confirmed the BMW M5 Touring would head to America. It turns out, that wasn’t the case
BMW’s Design Head Denies Confirming The M5 Touring Is Heading To America

We’re sorry to have gotten your hopes up, America. We reported earlier this week that BMW’s Head of Design had, apparently, confirmed to another publication that the M5 Touring would be heading Stateside. Now, he’s flat-out denied that claim.

According to The Car Guide, Domagoj Dukec had confirmed the estate would be available to customers in the US. The publication did not provide any direct quotes but says it was mentioned at the media launch of the new X2 SUV.

That report has been debunked, with Dukec himself stating to CarScoops: “No, I did not!” A pretty blunt end to that story, then. On the plus side, he didn’t state that the M5 Touring wouldn’t be coming to America, so hope lives on.

BMW’s Design Head Denies Confirming The M5 Touring Is Heading To America

There hasn’t been an M5 Touring since the V10-powered E61 version bowed out over a decade ago, and that was never sold Stateside, so this is a big deal. The wagon will be developed alongside the all-new M5 saloon, itself derived from the new ‘G60’ 5-series with both arriving later this year. BMW says both cars will feature “a completely newly developed partially electrified drive system,” although we’re taking that to mean ‘new to the M5’. It seems likely that the plug-in hybrid setup built originally for the controversial XM will be adapted for its future saloon and estate siblings.

The XM, as a reminder, hides an S68 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 behind its giant nostrils, backed up by a single electric motor integrated into the automatic gearbox. Combined, these two propulsion sources provide a whopping 738bhp in the XM Label Red. We’d expect BMW to opt for a smaller battery in the M5, however, with the XM squeezing a sizeable 29.5kWh pack into its platform to give an electric-only range of 55 miles.

The big-booted M5 has begun testing on the road near BMW’s home city of Munich. Perhaps inevitably, tests on the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife are planned, “with the aim of ensuring the ideal balance of sporting performance on the racetrack and superior ride comfort in everyday driving and over long distances,” BMW says.

BMW’s Design Head Denies Confirming The M5 Touring Is Heading To America

Along with the aforementioned E61, the only other time BMW made an M5 Touring was for the E34 generation. Few were built, and it never made it to the UK in right-hand drive.

The new one follows last year’s fabulous M3 Touring, a car that BMW says “also underscores the high appeal of this special vehicle concept in the premium midrange segment of high-performance cars.”

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