BMW will bring ActiveHybrid 5 at Detroit image

BMW, the world’s largest luxury car company, on Thursday said it will bring its ActiveHybrid 5 at the 2012 Detroit Auto show in January, after the car made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.

According to the car manufacturer, the new ActiveHybrid 5 F10 takes its power from BMW’s 3.0 liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine along with an electric drive system, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission where the N55 petrol burner is developing a total output of 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque, and the electric motor has 55 horsepower and 155 lb-ft.

The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 will accelerate from 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds and use as little as 6.4 liters of fuel per 100km and emit as little as 149 grams of CO2 per kilometer, according to the manufacturer.

One of the neatest features of the ActiveHybrid 5 is that its navigation system is linked to the drivetrain, allowing the ECU to power up the battery to help the car get over a steep hill, and then charge it as the 5 Series drives down the hill.

BMW says the ActiveHybrid 5 can travel for 4km at speeds of up to 60km/h on electric power alone. An Eco Pro mode will also decouple the petrol engine to allow for ‘coasting’ on the electric motor when traveling on the freeway at up to 160km/h (where permissible), while stop-start technology is also applied.

Reports are that these models should be hitting the US roads early next year.