The latest of BMW’s intelligent hybrid drive systems – the second generation of the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 – is getting updated for the 2013 model year. Now with lower fuel consumption and emissions, the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is powered by a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine, replacing the V8 engine found in the first generation.
Complementing this power plant are a 55hp synchronous electric motor, hybrid-spec 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, a lithium ion high-performance battery and power electronics. With these components, BMW was able to turn the new BMW ActiveHybrid 7 into a vehicle with an excellent balance of performance and efficiency.
The new BMW ActiveHybrid 7 can churn out a combined output of 349 hp and peak torque of 367 lb-ft, enabling it to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds. Likewise, the second generation is more fuel efficient. In fact, in the European Union test cycle, the new ActiveHybrid 7 returns efficiency gains of 14 percent over the new 740Li.
The vehicle also has a number of innovative features that improve its dynamics while ensuring optimum efficiency of its hybrid drive system. For instance, the electric motor provides an additional 155 lb-ft of torque via the boost function when the driver wants to gain extra acceleration boost, just like when it is passing another vehicle.
The new ActiveHybrid 7 features the ECO PRO mode, which thanks to its coasting function and proactive analysis, readies the drive system in advance for road situations. Further working to enhance efficiency are the vehicle’s Brake Energy Regeneration and the Hybrid Start-Stop system.
Another sweet deal for the MY2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 7 is its ability to run solely on electric power. If the hybrid battery has enough charge and the driver employs easy accelerator works, the vehicle could run for 2.5 miles up to a max speed of 37mph – sans any noise and any harmful emissions.
When it arrives in the United States, the new ActiveHybrid 7 will be available only as a long-wheelbase model. All of BMW’s 7 Series models are installed with Auto Start-Stop, a feature that reduces fuel consumption by up to six percent. The models are also equipped with Brake Energy Regeneration.
Meanwhile, it features the Driving Dynamics Control that now comes with the ECO PRO mode that modifies the powertrain management and programming of the heating and air conditioning, heated seats and exterior mirror heating. This mode also offers tips on how to become more effective when driving. This mode could help cut fuel consumption by up to 20 percent.