BMW Blog is citing an unnamed company insider that reportedly has intimate knowledge of the next-gen 5 Series as saying the new 2011 model will be offered with two separate hybrid powertrain packages. Both the mild system used in the upcoming 7 Series and the more advanced 2-Mode drivetrain that's set to debut in the X6 ActiveHybrid – which was co-developed with General Motors, Chrysler and Daimler – will supposedly be on the menu.

Perhaps the most interesting nugget of information we glean, though, is that the 2-Mode system could possibly be mated up with BMW's excellent 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel powerplant. We wouldn't expect such an option to come cheap, but the fuel mileage benefits may be commensurate with the price hike.

In addition to these twin hybrid options, the next-gen 5 Series is reportedly slated to get the same active aerodynamics package that's rumored for the German automaker's future 3 Series.

[Source: BMW Blog]


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