This is the hybrid version of the new BMW 5-Series, going on sale from March 2012.
Called the Activehybrid 5, the car’s based on the 535i Sedan, powered by the 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine coupled to an electric motor, and mated to an eight-speed transmission.
This high-tech and super sophisticated combination means you get a combined output of 335 hp, ith maximum torque of 330 lb-ft, can do 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, and drive up to 60 km (37 mph) on electricity alone. BMW has not announced fuel consumption and CO2 figures yet.
The Activehybrid 5 features standard Driving Dynamics Control is an ECO PRO mode. That in brief means as you drive along the car is constantly optimizes and adjusts many parameters to achieve maximum efficiency, including making more frequent use of all-electric mode. Of course you get the latest fuel saving techs such as twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, Double VANOS variable valve timing and VALVETRONIC intake control, as well as start-stop system.
BMW promises that despite all the eco features, this car still drives as well as the normal 5er. It comes with the same chassis setup, featuring:
Double-wishbone front and integral rear suspensions, Servotronic speed-sensitive power steering, a high-performance brake system and 18-inch alloy wheels. Dynamic Damper Control, featuring electronically controlled shock absorbers, is available as an option. The Dynamic Stability Control system, which stabilizes the vehicle by individually applying the brakes and reducing engine power, also incorporates functions such as 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.
Luxury and comfort is also guaranteed thanks to the latest ConnectDrive system and clever air conditioning. Pricing for the new hybrid 5er is yet to be revealed.