Production 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 To Debut In Tokyo


The 2011 Tokyo Motor Show is less than a month away, and BMW has chosen this venue to show the production version of its 2012 ActiveHybrid 5. Previewed last September, the ActiveHybrid 5 is the third production hybrid from BMW (although the ActiveHybrid X6 won’t be in BMW’s 2012 lineup, which leaves it with the ActiveHybrid 5 and ActiveHybrid 7).

Although the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 won’t go on sale until March of 2012, we already know details on the car’s drivetrain and performance. Combining an electric motor with a twin-scroll turbo, inline-six gasoline engine, the ActiveHybrid 5 is capable of  a 0-60 mph time of just 5.7 seconds. It can also be driven on battery power alone at speeds up to 37 mph, for distances of up to 2.5 miles.

Ensuring that the car returns the best fuel economy possible, BMW has equipped it with a start-stop system, regenerative braking to recharge its lithium-ion batteries and integrated navigation to pick the most efficient route from point A to point B. It also comes with BMW’s ECO PRO driving mode, which slows throttle response, quickens upshifts and cuts off the engine while coasting, at speeds of up to 100 mph.

Still missing are details on the car’s overall fuel economy and selling price. We expect that BMW may have some fuel economy numbers to discuss in Tokyo, but we don’t expect any details on pricing until we get closer to the car’s spring 2012 launch.

Press days for the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show don't kick off until November 30, but in the meantime you can catch our ongoing coverage of the event by clicking here.

 
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