2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 priced from $61,845

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 11, 2012

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. 

Exterior Design

Providing a deeper and more expressive definition to the body of the BMW 5-Series Sedan are its dynamic line and contoured surfaces. This applies as well as to the body of the BMW ActiveHybrid 5, allowing it to convey a distinct elegance and performance potential similar to the 5-Series Sedan. To visually distinguish the ActiveHybrid 5-Series from its conventional siblings, BMW endowed it with an array of design elements indicating the drive technology this hybrid vehicle comes with.

These styling elements also convey how efficient, pleasing to drive, and comfortable the ActiveHybrid 5 is. In addition, these elements also convey the premium quality of this hybrid BMW vehicle. Just like the 5-Series Sedan, the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 features a long wheelbase, a sweeping bonnet and short overhangs, as well as a roof line sweeping into the rear end.

Its front end is defined by BMW’s traditional upright kidney grille with galvanized slats and a bonnet with V-shaped contours, as well as an air intake with broad three-section styling and dynamically flared wheel arches. This kidney grille is flanked by twin circular headlights, which have top ends that come with an accent strip. The hybrid vehicle also features "ActiveHybrid 5" lettering on the C-pillars.

A BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is fitted with optional xenon headlights that have daytime running lights with distinct LED light rings. On the other hand, the new ActiveHybrid 5 is fitted with a forward-moving profile highlighted by its wedge shape. In addition, the silhouette of the ActiveHybrid 5 conveys the ideal weight distribution between the car’s front and rear axles while the extra flaring around its rear wheel arches underscores its rear-wheel-drive nature.

Furthermore, the hybrid vehicle is laden with a number of high-quality details like the tight line of the Hofmeister kink located at the base of the C-pillar and the door openers that dig into the car’s side swage lines. Further high-quality details include chrome-colored design elements on the side indicator.

Topics: bmw, activehybrid, price

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