BMW North America has just announced that its hybrid 5-Series F10 – known simply as the ActiveHybrid 5 – will go on sale in the States in March with a base MSRP of $61,845 (€47,800), which includes an $895 destination and handling fee.
The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 brings together a BMW TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder in-line engine, an electric drive system and an eight-speed automatic gearbox for the first time.
The drive system generates combined output of 250 kW/340 hp, allows the car to be driven on electric power alone up to 60 km/h (37 mph), accelerates the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds (just 0.1-seconds slower than the 535i), the automaker said in a statement. The 40-44 miles/gallon fuel efficiency is 10 miles/gallon better than the 535i.
It’s all good, but a normal diesel will do better both performance and economy-wise. It’s just the CO2 issue. Pity.
As expected it comes with a lot of toys – Dynamic Traction Control, the Anti-lock Braking System, Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, Brake Assist, Brake Fade Compensation, Brake Drying and Start-Off Assistant Park Distance Control, a rear-view camera, Surround View, High-Beam Assistant, Parking Assistant, Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition and Head-Up Display. It supports smart phone usage, and an iPhone app offers an unprecedented level of integration.
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Specifications and performance figures
Six-cylinder in-line petrol engine,
BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with twin-scroll turbocharger,
High Precision Direct Injection and VALVETRONIC;
Displacement: 2,979 cc, output: 225 kW/306 hp at 5,800 rpm,
max. torque: 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at 1,200 – 5,000 rpm.
Synchronous electric motor; output: 40 kW/55 hp,
max. torque: 210 Nm (155 lb-ft);
Combined output: 250 kW/340 hp,
max. combined torque: 450 Nm (332 lb-ft).
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 5.9 seconds,
top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph),
top speed purely on electric power: 60 km/h (37 mph).
Average fuel consumption*: 6.4 – 7.0 litres/100 kilometres
(40 – 44 mpg imp),
CO2 emissions*: 149 – 163 g/km,
exhaust standard: EU5.
*As per the EU test cycle, figures may vary according to the tyre format specified