Earlier seen testing in winter and then later on with less camouflage, the G31 BMW 5 Series Touring wagon has now been spotted wearing much less disguise. The front end is out in the open, now that the sedan version has already been unveiled. No surprises at the rear too, of course.

Like its three-box sibling, the G31 wagon is underpinned by BMW’s Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform, which uses a combination of aluminium, high-strength steel, magnesium and carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) for its construction, which is estimated to save about 100 kg over the outgoing model.


The same petrol and diesel powertrain line-up seen in the sedan will appear here in the wagon as well, in addition to a plug-in hybrid configuration that is already found in the 530e iPerformance sedan. The twin exhaust pipes on this test mule suggest that under the hood is the 3.0 litre, turbocharged inline-six engine.

Where infotainment is concerned, the G31 can be expected to feature the setup in the sedan including the fifth-generation iDrive system, with gesture control, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as part of the package. Following the sedan’s debut last month, the G31 wagon is expected to make its debut at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.