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BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Coming to Geneva Motor Show

5-series | January 23rd, 2010 by 4
BMW 5 Series hybrid

At the BMW 5 Series International Media Launch, Dr. Klaus Draeger, BMW AG board member for Research & Development, confirmed for Automotive News what we …

At the BMW 5 Series International Media Launch, Dr. Klaus Draeger, BMW AG board member for Research & Development, confirmed for Automotive News what we reported as a rumor just a few weeks back. A hybrid version of the new BMW 5 Series will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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.

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.

BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Coming to Geneva Motor Show

Clearly BMW has high expectations for the 5 Series line-up, as reinforced by Adrian Von Hooydonk in an interview with us who said “the 5 Series is the core of the brand”. Dr. Draeger mentions something along the same line, ““is the way a BMW sedan should be with aesthetics and efficient dynamics”.

The production version of the ActiveHybrid 5 is scheduled to debut in late 2010.

[Source: Automotive News ]

  • Babak

    I’m guessing the petrol engine is a N52 variant? Why not just use the N55 and add the electric. I wasn’t a huge fan of having a TTV8 and adding electric, but I do think that a 218+40 hp AH vehicle is controversial to BMW’s other AH cars that have shown of superior power + superior MPG.

  • :p

    Shouln’t the AH5 have something like the 300hp I6 with the electric instead.

  • Axelsaurus

    why not the N55?

  • E90M3

    Why not a diesel……
    But for another choice, ok lets bring on the hybrid.
    Now we`ll see if it fails when it comes to inflated price, too much weight, not so good fuel economy.

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