BMW ActiveHybrid 5 To Make World Debut


  • BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Picture

    BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Picture

    BMW's latest gasoline-electric hybrid, the ActiveHybrid 5, will be publicly unveiled late this month at the Tokyo auto show.

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2011 Tokyo Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • BMW says its latest gasoline-electric hybrid, the ActiveHybrid 5, will be publicly unveiled late this month at the Tokyo auto show.
  • The hybrid version of the 5 Series sedan will feature a six-cylinder gasoline engine, an electric drive system, an eight-speed automatic transmission and a lithium-ion battery pack.
  • BMW said the ActiveHybrid 5 will get a new "intelligent energy management system."

MUNICH, Germany — BMW's latest gasoline-electric hybrid, the ActiveHybrid 5, will be publicly unveiled late this month at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Show.

The hybrid version of the 5 Series sedan will feature a six-cylinder gasoline engine, an electric drive system, an eight-speed automatic transmission and a lithium-ion battery pack. This is a full hybrid system that enables the car to drive solely on electric power for short distances around town.

BMW said the ActiveHybrid 5 also will get a new "intelligent energy management system," which the company said "works in tandem with the navigation system to prepare the car's drive functions in advance for upcoming road conditions."

The ActiveHybrid 5 was first displayed in concept form last year at the 2010 Geneva Auto Show. At the time, BMW described the car's propulsion system as a "next-generation" hybrid drivetrain.

The automaker unveiled its ActiveHybrid 7 and ActiveHybrid X6 two years ago at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. Both cars use BMW's twin-turbo V8 in combination with an electric drive system. The ActiveHybrid X6 was sold briefly in the U.S., then dropped this fall, presumably because of lack of demand.

Edmunds.com says: BMW continues to build out its portfolio of greener performance cars.

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