On the occasion of the North American International Auto Show, Bmw announced that the new 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 will be priced at $61,845 (including the $895 Destination and Handling charge). For those who don’t know, this is the hybrid version of the 5-Series sedan and comes with BMW’s 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine but also with an electric drive system.
The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission for the first time for a combined output of 335hp. And because we are talking about a hybrid car, the 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 can operate in all-electric mode up to a speed of 37 mph (60 km/h), for zero emissions in town. Apparently, the lithium-ion high-voltage battery is capable to offer an all-electric driving range of up to approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) at an average speed of 22 mph (35 km/h).
Combined, the petrol engine and the electric motor can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 will hit the U.S. dealerships in late Spring 2012.