2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Priced at $61,845
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2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Priced at $61,845

2012 Detroit Auto Show


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2012 Detroit Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 will start at $61,845 when it goes on sale in late spring, the automaker announced on Monday at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
  • The pricing reflects an $8,720 premium over the base BMW 535i sedan.
  • The EPA has yet to post official fuel-economy numbers on the BMW ActiveHybrid 5.

DETROIT — The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 will start at $61,845 when it goes on sale in late spring, the automaker announced on Monday at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The price includes an $895 destination charge.

The pricing reflects an $8,720 premium over the base BMW 535i sedan, on which the ActiveHybrid 5 is based. The BMW 535i starts at $53,125, including an $875 destination charge. The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is $7,250 more expensive than one of its chief competitors, the 2012 Infiniti M35h, which will go on sale in the spring starting at $54,595. The price includes an $895 destination charge.

The EPA has yet to post official fuel-economy numbers on the BMW ActiveHybrid 5, a critical piece of information for buyers mulling over the new hybrid.

The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge on Monday said the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the U.S. stood at $3.37 versus $3.08 a year ago.

The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 combines BMW's 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine with an electric drive system, a lithium-ion battery pack and an eight-speed automatic transmission for a combined output of 335 horsepower. BMW says the ActiveHybrid 5 can be driven on battery power alone at speeds up to 37 mph for distances of up to 2.5 miles.

The BMW ActiveHybrid X6 was sold briefly in the U.S., then dropped last fall because of lack of demand.

Also making its debut this week at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show is the 2013 Mercedes-Benz E400 Hybrid. Pricing has not been announced yet.

Edmunds.com says: Only the greenest BMW buyers are likely to pop for the ActiveHybrid 5 at that price.

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