BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Series with 335 horsepower

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BMW has been expanding its hybrid car portfolio, and the company recently unveiled a new ActiveHybrid 5 model to help with the balancing of performance and fuel economy. The new ActiveHybrid 5 car is based on the BMW 535i Series.

The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Series is equipped with a 300-hp turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine coupled with a 55-horsepower electric motor. The hybrid powertrain is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The combined power output for the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 sedan is around 335 horsepower. BWM claims that the ActiveHybrid can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 5.7 seconds.

Power for the electric motor is provided by a lithium-ion battery pack.  On electric power alone, the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 sedan can speed up to 37 mph, and with a very short driving range of only 2.5 miles at an average speed of 22 mph before the engine kicks back in. To further enhance fuel economy, the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is equipped with a hybrid start-stop function for inner city drive.

BMW hasn’t released the exact fuel economy numbers yet, but it states that a “double-digit percentage improvement in fuel economy over the 535i” model.

The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Series will be available in U.S. dealerships by early March of 2012. And it will come with a number of BMW ConnectedDrive features such as: BMW ActiveHybrid 5 including Park Distance Control, a rear-view camera, Surround View, High-Beam Assistant, Parking Assistant, Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition and Head-Up Display, in-car integration of smartphones and music players, and apps for the Apple iPhone integration.