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BMW has announced the pricing for its new ActiveHybrid 5, and fuel efficiency will come at a cost, with a starting MSRP of $61,845, which includes a $895 destination and handling fee.
That price tag puts the ActiveHybrid 5 at $9,435 more expensive than the standard 535i, but with it you’ll get “not just highly sporty performance but also a double-digit percentage improvement in fuel economy over the BMW 535i.” The ActiveHybrid 5 couples BMW’s 3.0L turbocharged, inline-six engine that has 300-hp and 300 lb-ft of torque with an electric drive system packing 54-hp and 155 lb-ft of torque with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The combined output is 335-hp and 330 lb-ft of torque.
The ActiveHybrid 5 is able to be driven on electric power alone up to 37-mph and for a distance of 2.5-miles. What is impressive however is that the sedan can sprint to 60-mph in 5.7-seconds, which is just 0.1-seconds slower than the 535i. BMW hasn’t release EPA fuel economy estimates for the US model yet.
The ActiveHybrid 5 is the third in the line of hybrid models from the German automaker and features a new generation of BMW ActiveHybrid technology. It’s the debut for the combination of the six-cylinder engine with TwinPower Turbo technology and an electric motor. The ActiveHybrid 5 will go on sale in America starting in March 2012.
GALLERY: BMW ActiveHybrid 5
Confirmed details on BMW’s latest luxury sedan is a turbo-charged inline-six combined with a 40kW electric motor. During slow speeds, the BMW is capable of pure electric propulsion. Along with a trick eight-speed automatic transmission, BMW expects the entire system to boost fuel economy by another 10% when compared to the base 535i.
Look for the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 to debut in North America at the upcoming January Detroit Auto Show.
GALLERY: BMW ActiveHybrid 5
The next generation BMW 5 Series will be offered with not just one, but two hybrid powertrains.
According to the BMWBlog’s company insiders, the two hybrids will follow two very different paths, with one using a similar setup to the ActiveHybrid 7 Series and the other following in the footsteps of the X6 ActiveHybrid, but with a 3.0-liter diesel V8 in place of the X6′s V8. That being said, it’s unlikely the diesel motor will be sold in North America.
Design wise, the next 5 Series is expected to look smaller, to help differentiate it from the large Audi A6 and Mercedes E-Class. To help achieve this goal it will use an elongated version of the twin-kidney grille.
As for the rest of the design, it is still a mystery, but it is expected that very few of the 5 Series GT’s body panels will be used on the standard 5 series.
BMW also plans to make the vehicle lighter than its predecessor by using new processes to manufacturing the chassis, while using lighter materials for things like the water pump and transmission case. In addition, aerodynamics will be improved though a new wheel design that will cut down on drag at speed.
We expect to learn more about the upcoming 5 Series at next month’s Frankfurt Auto Show.