• Apr 27th 2010 at 7:23PM
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BMW 5 Series Hybrid spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

It hardly seems worthy of BMW's distinctively swirly camouflage – after all, we pretty much know exactly what it will look like after seeing the latest 5 Series several times and even gazing at the ActiveHybrid Concept from the Geneva Motor Show – but here we are with an image gallery of the 2012 5 Series Hybrid.

Assuming that the production car will get a similar drivetrain to what was shown off in the aforementioned concept, we can expect to see a turbocharged inline six-cylinder mated up to an eight-speed automatic transmission with a 40-kilowatt electric motor sandwiched between.

We can't say for certain what kind of fuel mileage this combination would provide (best guess would be about a 20-percent improvement), but we do know that a lithium ion battery pack should be nestled right near the rear axle for optimum weight distribution. That pack not only allows the car to operate on electric power, it also provides short bursts of added performance when called upon. Check out the high-res image gallery of spy shots below.

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      Oh, man... well, as long as it's RWD I guess. And Bavarian hybrids seem to be all mild ones anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I rather have a diesel 5 Series.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At least this is more in-line with what hybrid buyers are looking for.

      The others were either v8 or turbo v8 and got like.. 3mpg better... :p
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh, man... as long as it's RWD I guess. And Bavarian hybrids seem to all be mild ones anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lol the wheels are extremely similar to the 3rd gen acura tl type S wheels. Just one more set of spokes and slightly lighter in color.
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