2012 BMW 5-Series Active Hybrid 5 review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 3 October 2011 , 18:10:58 byEmil

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BMW 5-Series Active Hybrid 5

The 2012 BMW 5-Series Active Hybrid 5 had its world debut, boasting to be the most efficient and powerful full hybrid in its segment due to its smart combination between the CO2 emissions of 149 g/km and the impressive power output of 340 HP. The introduction of the BMW Active Hybrid 5 by the famous German car manufacturer has taken the intelligent hybrid drive systems to a completely new level, providing nothing more but driving pleasure and excitement. The key of the system is the electric drive joining forces with the TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder in-line engine and, as a premiere, an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This mix is completed by an extremely effective energy management which provides the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 with a great balance of fuel economy and performance, covering the 0-100 km/h sprint in only 5.9 seconds, offering an average fuel consumption of 6.4 and 7.0 litres per 100 kilometres. A lithium-ion battery integrated into the luggage area, supplies the 40 kW energy of the electric motor. This full-hybrid construction offers a purely electric and, implicitly, an environmental-friendly driving in the cities, thus showing not only sporty performance in the segment, but also a double-digit percentage improvement in fuel economy, as compared to the BMW 535i. A large list of innovative functions enables the energy management, beginning with the lithium-ion battery which can be charged while the car is coasting or braking with the electric motor accomplishing the role of a generator which gives energy to a high-voltage battery. Furthermore, the sporty design of the 2012 BMW Active Hybrid 5 is enhanced by the bespoke touches which again show the identity of its drive technology. The exterior paint shade Bluewater metallic is available only for this model and it sets it apart from all other 5 Series variants. The style and refinement of the interior are given by the leather upholstery and a number of comfort-enhancing features which include a 4-zone climate control system with stationary air conditioning, a navigation system Professional, which can be supplemented by options such as active seats, active seat ventilation, Comfort Access, the Smart Opener for the tailgate, the Soft Close Automatic function for the doors, a power-operated glass roof and high-end audio and rear entertainment systems promising high levels of performance and driving excitement for the driver and passengers. The available options of the model comprise a rear view camera, Adaptive Headlights, Surround View, Park Distance Control as well as High Beam Assistant.