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Sunday, January 24, 2010

BMW to launch 5 series Hybrid Concept at Geneva Show

BMW plans to unveil an ActiveHybrid Concept of the new BMW 5 Series at the Geneva Auto Show 2010.

The ActiveHybrid 5 Concept 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.

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.

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