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2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

The X6 Active Hybrid may be seeing the end of its production day, but BMW is still forging ahead in its environmental pursuit with the new ActiveHybrid5. The new hybrid sedan will go on sale in March 2012.

The BMW ActiveHybrid5 combines a BMW TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder in-line engine, an electric drive system, and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. With a total output of 340 HP, the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 has become the most powerful and efficient full hybrid in its segment. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and deliver a fuel economy of 44 – 40 mpg. The 55 HP electric engine offers an all-electric driving range of up to 2.5 miles at an average speed of 22 mph.

The BMW ActiveHybrid5 will feature the same design language as the standard 5-Series , but will be further identified by "ActiveHybrid 5" lettering on the C-pillars, a BMW kidney grille with galvanized slats, and exhaust matte chrome tailpipes.

UPDATE 01/09/2012: BMW showed up to the 2012 Detroit Auto Show with pricing for their ActiveHybrid 5. The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is scheduled to arrive in US BMW Centers in late Spring 2012 at a starting price of $61,845 (including the $895 Destination and Handling charge).

UPDATE 01/30/2012: BMW has announced that the new ActiveHybrid 5 will go on sale in March 2012 with a base MSRP of $61,845 (including $895 destination and handling). Next to this bit of news, the company has also unveiled a new set of images for the hybrid sedan. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the BMW ActiveHybrid 5.

Exterior

BMW ActiveHybrid 5

The new ActiveHybrid5 hasn’t received any dramatic changes to the exterior or interior mainly because the true star of this show is the hybrid technology. A few minor differences in appearance are the "ActiveHybrid 5" lettering on the C-pillars, the BMW kidney grille with galvanized slats, and the exhaust matte chrome tailpipes. The ActiveHybrid5 will also be the only model in the BMW 5-Series line-up to be produced in a Bluewater metallic exterior paint color. A new set of 18" Streamline light-alloy wheels with exceptional aerodynamic efficiency will be offered as an option for customers.

Interior

BMW ActiveHybrid 5

The interior also received a few minor additions including door sill strips bearing the "ActiveHybrid 5" lettering, an aluminum plate on the center console with the same ID, a bespoke engine cover, and the visible "ActiveHybrid Power Unit" inscription on the special casing for the high-performance battery accommodated in the luggage area.

Engine

BMW ActiveHybrid 5

The ActiveHybrid5 is based on the 535i so it gets a 3.0 liter six-cylinder in-line engine that delivers a total of 300 HP and a peak torque of 295 lb-ft. This engine will be combined with an electric drive system that delivers a total of 55 HP and 155 lb-ft of torque available from rest. With a total output of 355 HP and 450 lb-ft of torque, the ActiveHybrid5 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and deliver a fuel economy of 44 – 40 mpg. The electric engine takes its power from a lithium-ion high-performance battery that offers an all-electric driving range of up to 2.5 miles at an average speed of 22 mph.

This hybrid system is combined with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a specially designed Hybrid Auto Start-Stop function. The Auto Start-Stop allows the automatic climate control to run off the lithium ion battery when the internal combustion engine is turned off. Once the brake is released, the ActiveHybrid5 will restart using the electric motor alone or the inline six/electric motor combination, depending on the power used. It also features a coasting mode that shuts down the internal combustion engine and disconnects it from the drive shaft when the vehicle is stationary or coasting at higher speeds of up to 100 mph. All safety and comfort features for the 5-Series will still operate while the vehicle is in coasting mode.

BMW ActiveHybrid 5

The BMW ActiveHybrid5 is also equipped with a Driving Experience Control switch as standard that offers four driving modes: Sport+, Sport, Comfort, and ECO PRO. This system supports a particularly relaxed and fuel-efficient driving style. In addition to this feature, the 5-Series’ power electronics are integrated into the standard navigation system so that it can provide proactive analysis of driving conditions based on the selected route for maximum efficiency.

The list of options for the BMW ActiveHybrid5 includes: Park Distance Control, a rear-view camera, Surround View, Adaptive Headlights, High-Beam Assistant, Speed Limit Info, BMW Parking Assistant, Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition, and the BMW Head-Up Display.

Prices

BMW ActiveHybrid 5

The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is scheduled to arrive in US BMW Centers in late Spring 2012 at a starting price of $61,845 (including the $895 Destination and Handling charge).

Competition

BMW ActiveHybrid 5

BMW’s latest hybrid model delivers an impressive output. So much so that BMW is calling it "the most powerful and efficient full hybrid in its segment." That is fine and dandy, but Infiniti’s M35h is still more impressive than the ActiveHybrid5. It is powered by a 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 combined with an electric motor for a total output of 360 HP. The model is on sale at a starting price of $53,700.

BMW ActiveHybrid 5
LOVE IT
  • Impressive fuel economy figures
  • Plenty of technological and efficient goodies
  • Maintains the 5-Series’ good looks
LEAVE IT
  • Competition is still more powerful


20 comments:

It’s a good enhancement to its features, but its styling has not really improved much. I wish they beautified it at least.

I find its minimal appearance change okay since its performance has been massively improved to be more efficient and dynamic anyway.

I don’t mind if its overall appearance hadn’t changed. What’s important is it got more efficient.

The fuel-economy figures and technological/efficient goodies are big factors. However, there’re not many changes on the external/internal designs.

What a hybrid car! This has impressive fuel economy figures. Basically, I want to know more about the engine performance of it as well as how it works on the road.

This car has plenty of technological and efficient goodies? Wow! It’s amazing. The competition for this will be more powerful and interesting at the same time.

It is so elegant on its shiny look and its really differnt with the other models. It is going to be a more interesting model.

I noticed that this new version of BMW ActiveHybrid 5 didn’t received any dramatic changes to the interior and exterior. The six cylinder in-line engine is great together with its electric motor.

2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 maintained the good looks of 5-Series and come up with lots of technological and efficient goodies in the interior. The performance of this BMW was a blast.

It’s a nice time in sprinting. In 5.9 seconds, this car could accelerate on 60mph from 0mph. Surprising to know that it is a hybrid. 335Hp is not bad after all. 

This look like any other cars and too typical on its exterior looks. anyway, I love the fact that it has a lot of technological features and efficient goodies.

At first, I’m very impressed with the fuel economy figures plus the many technological features on it. It is so elegant on its shiny look and its really different with the other models. It is going to be a more interesting model.

What an impressive fuel economy figures plus many technological features. It looks very awesome and different to others. This BMW is more interesting on its silver blue scheme and good angle view.

A Hybrid car from BMW, one of the finest car manufacturers. Hmmm.. Its a no for me, if you’ll going to ask if it is a good looking car. It looks normal to me, nothing new, inside and out. Plus the engine is not that impressive as well.

For me, its a "Yay". I love the aggressive looks of it and the wheels of course. It is really suited for its sexy body paint, knowing that this is a mini van. But I am wondering of its engine details, van someone share it?

I find it awesome. Its fuel economy figure sure is impressive plus its technological features.

Yup, I do agree with you guys. Hybrid Cars are all the on how it looks but this one is really different. I guess we all love the shiny bule paint of this car that brings out the sophisticated look of it in its simplicity.

Sure, Hybrid Cars are famous for its sophisticated looks and outstanding designs, but this one is much different than the others. I love the shiny color blue of this car and the front design.

Unlike the other hybrid cars that I saw, I must say that this BMW ActiveHybrid 5 didn’t have the looks! Sure, it looks good on its sleek body paint, but I noticed that it had an impressive interior touch and features.

This X6 is more interesting on its silver blue scheme. Very elegant on every angle view. Simple yet it became more efficient and power hybrid car from engine to appearance.

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