BMW has unveiled its first midsize sedan that uses the hybrid technology in the US at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This midsize hybrid sedan is referred to as the “2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 5.” Just like any hybrid model, the ActiveHybrid 5 was designed as a vehicle with lesser fuel consumption and an impressive road performance. In addition to this, the ActiveHybrid 5 is also expected to compete with other hybrid models in the segment.
With a starting price of about $61,845, the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is equipped with a 3.0-liter in-line 6-cylinder engine with TwinPower turbo. This is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and this is capable of producing up to 335 horsepower. Since this is a hybrid vehicle, the ActiveHybrid 5 is also using an electric motor that provides an additional 55 horsepower and 155 lb.-ft. of torque to the 355 horsepower produced by the in-line 6-cylinder engine. The electric motor derives its energy from the 96-cell lithium ion battery installed on the vehicle.
Since the ActiveHybrid 5 is using both the gasoline engine and the electric motor and these two power sources take turns in propelling the vehicle, the overall fuel consumption of the car is reduced at a significant level. Given this particular characteristic, the ActiveHybrid 5 is considered as an ideal vehicle for buyers who are after for greater fuel efficiency.
The good with this car is that it is still capable of providing the best running performance despite the fact that its fuel consumption was reduced. In fact, the ActiveHybrid 5 sprints from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.7 seconds. However, the vehicle’s most notable characteristic is its capability of running in pure electric mode at a distance of 2.5 miles with an estimated top speed of 37 miles per hour.
As soon as the ActiveHybrid 5 is released into the market, this vehicle would surely provide a stiffer competition for the Lexus GS 450h, the Mercedes-Benz E400 hybrid that was recently released, and the Infiniti M Hybrid.