Rumor of the day goes something like this: BMW plans to unveil an ActiveHybrid Concept of the new BMW 5 Series. The place chosen for this unexpected revealing? The Geneva Auto Show that that begins in 2010 and where BMW plans to showcase several other……”surprises”, as people close to BMW would like to name them.
While the 1 Series Coupe ActiveE is set to debut in Detroit next month, the rumormill tells us to keep our eyes on the Swiss auto show.
So what’s the fuss about the ActiveHybrid 5 Concept? Well, for one, it will be the first hybrid based on the 5 Series, the same as the 7 Hybrid was for the flagship. But here is where it gets interesting. It will drop the large, powerful V8 engine seen in the ActiveHybrid X6 and ActiveHybrid 7, and it will be powered by a six cylinder engine outputting 218 horsepower coupled with 40 ponies coming from an electric motor.
Not the actual concept. Feature here is the new 5 Series Sedan
It will be featured in the same Bluewater metallic, now specific to the hybrid concepts and will showcases several aerodynamic elements: lower ride height, more sculptured skirts and aerodynamically enhanced wheel covers aimed at lowering drag.
The production version of the ActiveHybrid 5 is scheduled, rumored we would say at this point, to debut in late 2010.
We’re not placing all of our bets on this, but if it happens, you heard it here first.