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The next generation BMW 5 Series will be offered with not just one, but two hybrid powertrains.

According to the BMWBlog's company insiders, the two hybrids will follow two very different paths, with one using a similar setup to the ActiveHybrid 7 Series and the other following in the footsteps of the X6 ActiveHybrid, but with a 3.0-liter diesel V8 in place of the X6's V8. That being said, it's unlikely the diesel motor will be sold in North America.

Design wise, the next 5 Series is expected to look smaller, to help differentiate it from the large Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class. To help achieve this goal it will use an elongated version of the twin-kidney grille.

As for the rest of the design, it is still a mystery, but it is expected that very few of the 5 Series GT's body panels will be used on the standard 5 series.

BMW also plans to make the vehicle lighter than its predecessor by using new processes to manufacturing the chassis, while using lighter materials for things like the water pump and transmission case. In addition, aerodynamics will be improved though a new wheel design that will cut down on drag at speed.

We expect to learn more about the upcoming 5 Series at next month's Frankfurt Auto Show.

More: Report: Next BMW 5 Series Getting Two Hybrid Engines, Including a Hybrid Diesel on AutoGuide.com
 

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Lightweight materials in areas like the water pump and the transmission, eh?

Yay. More plastic water pumps to explode just like on the M52.
 
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