That's what we call a welcome wagon.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. Station wagons offer the same capability as the vast majority of SUVs that people clamor to buy. However, toss an SUV into a steep drift at the Nürburgring, and the higher center-of-gravity might cause serious damage to your underwear, not to mention the vehicle as it rolls over and over. Meanwhile, the same activity with a BMW 5 Series Touring looks rather – dare we say – fun.
Jump to the 46-second mark in the above video from statesidesupercars on YouTube, and you’ll see exactly what we’re talking about. This recent footage from the Nordschleife focuses on the facelifted 5 Series that should debut before the end of the year. This time around we’re treated to a long roof Touring model getting tossed around the Green Hell, and we do mean tossed. Pretty much every corner in this short clip is met with tortured tires, and then there’s the prolific drift that even caught the camera operator by surprise. Let’s see you have fun like that in your all-wheel-drive X5.
If anything, the aggressive driving in this clip distracts us from observing the changes coming to the 5 Series. This mid-cycle refresh won’t rewrite 5 Series history, but the nose will gain new headlights and a grille that’s only slightly larger compared to the current model. The lower fascia does away with some of the rounded elements for a sharper design.
Gallery: 2021 BMW 5 Series Wagon Facelift Spy Screenshots
Changes appear less dramatic at the rear. The lower fascia and trapezoid exhaust cutouts look to carry over with virtually no updates. New taillights are slimmer, which could result in small changes to the rear liftgate. Subtle updates might carry over to the interior as well, with new trim options and updated tech likely being the only differences.
Jealous as we might be of these BMW test drivers having all kinds of fun, we’re even more jealous that us Americans won’t get the chance to drive this car, never mind drift it. The 5 Series Touring isn’t offered on U.S. shores and there’s no indication the updated model will give BMW executives a change-of-heart. For the rest of you lucky folks, look for the updated 2021 5 Series to debut both in sedan and Touring guise later this year.