BMW's first hybrid 5-series saloon will go on sale next year
2 March 2010

BMW’s first hybrid saloon will come with a straight-six petrol engine and be able to run on electric power alone.

Although billed as a concept car, the Active Hybrid 5-series is due to go into production next year. It’s fitted with a 40kW/52bhp electric motor sandwiched between the engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission.

The car is said to improve fuel consumption and reduce CO2 emissions by 10 per cent compared with a conventional six-cylinder 5-series.

It can also tailor the performance of the hybrid system by using the sat-nav to predict obstacles such as hills, corners and traffic obstructions that could affect the battery life.

By doing this, the car can charge the battery during the journey and then turn off the engine before it reaches its destination, finishing the trip on electric power alone.

BMW says this technique extends the electric-only range by up to 30 per cent.

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26 February 2010

"52bhp electric motor"

Wow, I'm impressed.

Yet another mild hybrid from the Germans.

26 February 2010

So will this come in right hand drive or will it be business as usual?

27 February 2010

Will it be called The Olympic?

27 February 2010

The car looks nice too.

This is the BMW I enjoyed in the 90's.

27 February 2010

The idea of a 6-cylinder petrol and 520d economy sounds good to me. BMW currently make the most economical petrols, lets see if they can do the same to hybrids!

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