BMW M5 Touring officially announced: Fans of wagons, celebrate!

BMW head designer Domagoj Dukec allegedly stated not long ago that the next-generation M5 will be available in North America in both sedan and wagon body styles. While the report was initially denied, the automaker has now officially confirmed that the upcoming 7th generation of the BMW M5 sedan will also have a Touring variant in the US for the first time.

Details on the performance credentials of the M5 are still unknown. Spy shots of the next-gen M5 in sedan and wagon versions have been circulating, with rumors suggesting a plug-in powertrain with over 700 horsepower and all-wheel drive. BMW mentions that the M5 will debut with an M Hybrid drivetrain similar to the one in the BMW M Hybrid V8 GTP race car, featuring a 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 engine with an electric motor and battery pack.

Expect aggressive styling features to showcase the car’s capabilities, although the prototypes seen so far do not have exaggerated disguises. It is unclear if there will be different versions with varying performance levels (such as Competition or Red Label) or what the pricing will be. Production is set to begin in the fourth quarter of this year, and American enthusiasts can look forward to experiencing the M5 Touring for the first time in history.