Having recently killed-off the hybrid version of the X6, BMW has responded by revealing its all-new ActiveHybrid 5, thus demonstrating its commitment to hybrid technology. The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is essentially a 5 Series (specifically the the 535i) hybrid that combines BMW’s TwinPower turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine with an electric drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The gas engine produces 300 horsepower, while the electric motor makes 55-hp and 155 lb-ft of torque. This brings total output to 335 horsepower, allowing the this 5 Series to run from 0 to 60 mph in around 5.7 seconds. The ActiveHybrid 5 can run on pure-electric power at speeds of up to 37 mph, for a driving range of 2.5 miles at an average of 22 mph. Overall fuel economy improvements is expected to be in the “double-digit percentage” range.
The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 will go on sale in the U.S. in March 2012. More details will released at a later date.