Just before the Geneva Motor Show
will open its doors, BMW
unleashed the first pictures of the new Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid
model it will be hosting at its booth
Based on the 2011 5 Series, the new concept previews the newest addition to the ActiveHybrid lineup, which is already composed out of the 7 Series and the X6. Set to bear an upgraded take on the system used on the larger 7 Series, the 5 Concept will see a 40kW electric motor coupled with the twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six cylinder engine found on the 535i.
The electric motor will be able to power the 5 Series ActiveHybrid at city speeds, while the conventional engine is destined for higher speeds, being separated by a clutch from the motor when it isn’t used. No word on what type of battery pack will be used, but it might be a lithium-ion one, like the 7 Series, and not a nickel metal hydride like the X6.
Do bear in mind that this is just a concept, and that BMW will formally unveil the production 5 Series ActiveHybrid sometime in 2011. Until then, check out the concept filled with stickers at the Geneva Motor Show.