BMW should be given some recognition award for sniffling out niches no one thought existed (or bothered to look into) with cars such as the X6 and 5-Series GT. The latter is a little puzzling for me; why a gigantic hatch when BMW already has a complete range of ‘X’ vehicles of varying sizes, the 5-Series Touring for those who need to lug around more, and the 7-Series in two wheelbase choices for those who want to lounge? Perhaps they were looking to phase out the 5er Touring?

It looks like that’s not going to happen as the wagon variant of BMW’s latest F10 5-Series will make its world debut at the Auto Mobil International (AMI) Show in Leipzig, Germany in April. By tradition, the German market chalks up the most significant sales for the 5er Touring, so it makes sense to launch it there. Furthermore, BMW has ties with the city, as its plant there builds the 1-Series and the latest X1. AMI will also see domestic debuts for the F10 Sedan, refreshed X5, and updated 3-Series Convertible.

This blog has already driven the F10 5-Series sedan at its international media launch in Portugal. Click here to read the report and view the gallery.