It has been slightly over 3 months since BMW launched the all new 5 Series mid-sized sedan. The sedan variant will be joined by the touring as well as the tarmac-cracking M5 versions. Apart from these two BMW will also add an ActiveHybrid variant, like the ActiveHybrid 7 and X6.
What you see above is the conceptual version of the 5 Series ActiveHybrid that will be shown at the Geneva Motor Show next week. The company has revealed that the concept is powered by a 6-cylinder petrol engine fitted with BMW’s TwinPower force-induction system. The engine is paired with a 40kW electric motor and an 8-speed gearbox. Those wheels remind me of the design on the E34 M5.
You can probably expect the concept to produce about 400hp and up to 600Nm of torque which is lower than the power output offered by the ActiveHybrid 7. The X6 variant makes 480hp and 779Nm of torque but that vehicle has two electric motors. As with with most hybrid vehicles, the concept also has an engine start/stop system and brake energy regeneration. A production version is expected to show up in about a year.
Look after the jump for some high-res images as well as a video.
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