• Dec 21st 2009 at 9:01AM
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2011 BMW 5 Series - Click above for high-res image gallery

Late last month, BMW officially revealed its next generation 5 series sedan in Munich and the opening salvo of powertrains includes the usual array of gas and diesel six- and eight-cylinder engines. However, with the recent launches of the ActiveHybrid X6 and 7, no one expects it to stay that way for long. BMW officials have acknowledged its intent to expand hybrid capability to other models going forward and, as the next redesign, the 5 would be the logical choice.

We're not sure if the new 5 will show up at the Detroit show next month, but it should appear by the Geneva Motor Show in March. At that time, the ActiveHybrid 5 will probably debut as a concept with the production version possibly arriving by the end of 2010. At this point, it appears unlikely that we'll see any more BMW applications of the two-mode hybrid system used in the X6 (with the possible exception of the X5). Instead, the modular mild hybrid from the 7 is the likely candidate since it delivers much of the benefit at a lower cost and smaller packaging size.

  • The new BMW 5 Series Sedan, interior sketch (11/2009)
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  • The new BMW 5 Series Sedan, interior sketch (11/2009)

[Source: BMWBlog]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      M5 please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great. Can't wait to test-drive the new BMW 535iX ActiveHybrid3.5i Turbo M-Sport Package (which is really a 3.0L but badged as a 3.5).
      BMWs used to be easy to decipher, the first letter the series range the next two for displacement and an i for injection (nice when everybody was still using carburetors, but today when injection is universally standard?) and d for diesel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought that was a 3 series until I saw the headline. BMW is starting to out do Audi at making three almost identical sedans in S, M & L. Not bad looking but thumbs down for lack of creativity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Remember the Monty Python sketch about the man with three buttocks? Looks like he sat on the hood of the new 5-series...