3.10.2011 BMW announces ActiveHybrid 5 delivery
BMW announces the launch of the new ActiveHybrid 5 model for February 2012, a petrol-electric saloon based on the 5 Series.
The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 delivers similar performance to a 535i, but with 16% lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions – meaning that it sits 6 bands lower in the benefit-in-kind company car tax scale.
The new model features intelligent energy management to maximise fuel efficiency. It has a professional Multimedia satellite navigation system, which can read the road ahead and prepare the powertrain to respond in the most efficient way. For example, if it detects a hilly stretch ahead, it stores energy in the battery so that the electric motor is ready to assist the engine, already knowing this will be recouped later in the journey.
The ActiveHybrid 5's drivetrain combines the 306 hp 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo petrol engine of the 535i with a 54 hp electric motor and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This is the first time an in-line six-cylinder engine has been part of a BMW ActiveHybrid system. Together, the engine and electric motor can generate a maximum 340 hp and 450 Nm of torque.
At speeds of up to 37 mph the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 can travel up to 2.4 miles on electric power supplied by the lithium-ion battery stored in the boot. The electric motor delivers a maximum 210 Nm of torque from rest.
The internal combustion engine comes into play when the driver needs more power or the energy stored in the battery is exhausted. When accelerating, the electric motor assists the petrol engine by providing an additional boost, resulting in acceleration to equal that of a 535i: 0-62 mph in 5.9 seconds and a limited top speed of 155 mph.
The ActiveHybrid 5 has a clear edge in economy and emissions with a combined consumption figure of 44.1 mpg and a CO2 output of 149 g/km. This equates to a benefit-in-kind tax rate of only 19% and annual VED road tax of £130.
The lithium-ion battery is charged whenever the car is braking, with the electric motor performing the role of a generator. Whenever the car comes to a standstill at junctions or traffic lights, a hybrid specific version of the BMW EfficientDynamics Auto start-stop system switches off the internal combustion engine to save fuel and cut emissions.
The car comes with the full repertoire of BMW active safety features – Dynamic Stability Control + (DSC+) that includes Brake pre-tensioning, Hill-start assistant, Brake drying and Brake fade compensation. Collectively, these features ensure the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 remains stable and under the driver's control in all circumstance.
The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 will make its global debut at the Tokyo Motor Show on 30 November and goes into production at the company's Dingolfing plant in January, 2012. It will go on sale in the UK on 25 February, 2012, priced at £46,860 OTR.
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 specification:
|Model||Price (OTR)||Power (Hp)||Torque (Nm)||0-62 mph (seconds)||Top Speed (mph)||Combined MPG||CO2 Emissions (g/km)|
|BMW ActiveHybrid 5||£46,860||340*||450*||5.9||155**||44.1||149***|
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