Spy Photos: 2012 BMW 5 Series Hybrid

Spy Photos | December 14th, 2010 by 7

Earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, BMW unveiled the 5 Series Hybrid Concept, the first 5er hybrid which will officially arrive at BMW …

Earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, BMW unveiled the 5 Series Hybrid Concept, the first 5er hybrid which will officially arrive at BMW dealerships in first quarter of 2011.

Today, the spy photographers at MotorAuthority managed to snap some shots of a production ready test mule being driven around Munich.

BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid features a drive system consisting of a 3.0 liter straight-six N55 gasoline engine with TwinPower Turbo technology, eight-speed automatic transmission, and electric drive. Integration of BMW ActiveHybrid technology in a sedan already extremely efficient with its “conventional” combustion engine reduces both fuel consumption and emissions once again by more than 10 per cent.

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At the same time the electric motor offers a boost function, supporting the gasoline engine in generating particularly dynamic drive power for an even more sporting driving experience in the car. Drawing its energy from a high-voltage battery at the back of the car, the electric motor develops maximum output of 40 kW.

The drivetrain technology featured in the BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid allows all-electric, zero-emission motoring in city traffic. At the same time a special hybrid-based Auto Start Stop function offers additional efficiency by consistently switching off the combustion engine when stopping at the traffic lights, a road junction, or in congested traffic.

In overrun and when applying the brakes, the electric drive systems acts as a generator developing electric power fed into the high-voltage battery. This converts kinetic energy otherwise wasted as heat in the brake system into electric power saved for subsequent use.

Design wise, the ActiveHybrid 5 carries forward the sedan design lines, the only changes we expect are in the wheels area where specifically designed aerodynamics wheels will make their way into the final product.

Pricing has not yet been announced, but we expect the ActiveHybrid 5 to be positioned near the 550i top model.

7 responses to “Spy Photos: 2012 BMW 5 Series Hybrid”

  1. JBauer says:

    Nobody gives a shit about this.

  2. T says:

    Same. BMW just give it up and stick with Diesels. Hybrids are dying breed and all hyped up. Useless machinery.

  3. sharkhunter says:

    ^ u mad

    …diesel hybrid? :trollface

    Keep it up BMW

  4. Laszlo says:

    diesel hybrid would be cool, but its a gasoline hybrid. old school and useless.
    cost is more then the savings. 10 years from now it will be the biggest pile of metal scrap. Will need battery and electric motor and that will be twice the cost of the value of the car.

  5. Bryce says:

    There is a niche market for this vehicle… they won’t make or sell a million of them but they’ll make enough to fill the share of the market that’s there. I think this car is great because it retains the 5-series performance (N55) with higher gas mileage when going under 15mph.

  6. viper says:

    why dont they just build a new V10 or V12 with many hp , like who gives a sht about green and hybrid…people still fall for those tricks eh

    • Tom says:

      because were about to head into 2011 and if you like it or not the future of all automobiles IS going to change. well, already has? eh?
      theres no use in fighting it, just embrace it. awesome new technologies, like this AH5 is going to fill the automobile world

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