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BMW ActiveHybrid 5

2012-11-30 12:55

ACTIVEHYBRID 5 GETS AN UPDATE: The revised ActiveHybrid 5 is now available in South Africa.

Building on from the ActiveHybrid5 launched in South Africa in May 2012, BMW has announced its introductory hybrid will now be joined by other models in the fuel-saving range.

The ActiveHybrid 5 combines BMW’s TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder inline engine with an electric drive system and an eight-speed automatic transmission.


Using the latest generation of BMW’s hybrid technology, the ActiveHybrid 5’s drive system generates a combined output of 250kW and allows the car to be driven on electric power alone for up to 60km/h. The ActiveHybrid 5 sprints from 0 – 100km/h in 5.9 seconds and average fuel consumption is cut to between 6.4 and 7 litres/100km. According to BMW, the ActiveHybrid 5’s improvement in fuel economy over the BMW 535i is into the double-digit percentages. CO2 emissions of 149 to 163g/km are quoted for the ActiveHybrid 5.

The 225kW turbocharged six-cylinder is coupled with a 40kW electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack stored in the luggage space. Power from the hybrid drive system is transferred to the rear wheels by an eight-speed automatic transmission.

In addition to its full-hybrid drive system which allows for purely electric (and therefore emission-free) driving in urban conditions, BMW’s Eco Pro mode also includes “coasting and intelligent energy management”.

According to BMW, the intelligent energy management of the power electronics uses a host of functions to ensure the drive system runs efficiently. The battery pack is charged during coasting or braking and, the electric motor operates as a boost mechanism under acceleration.

While coasting at speeds up to 160 km/h in Eco Pro mode, the petrol engine can be switched off and fully decoupled while, at traffic lights or in peak traffic situations, the ActiveHybrid 5 is fitted with a hybrid start-stop function.


The BMW ActiveHybrid 5’s electronics are also linked to the standard Professional navigation system that allows for real-time driving situation data to be displayed.

The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 builds on the 5 Series sedan appearance with “ActiveHybrid 5” lettering on the C-pillars, galvanised slats for the BMW kidney grille and matt chrome tailpipes for the exterior, and a bespoke engine cover. Options for the ActiveHybrid 5 include 18” Streamline light-alloy wheels.”

The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is also the only model in the 5 Series line-up to be available in Bluewater metallic.

The standard level of comfort features includes a four-zone climate control system, plus a range of driver assistance systems and BMW ConnectedDrive mobility services.

The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is produced at BMW’s Dingolfing plant – the largest in the Group’s global network – alongside other 5 Series models.

ActiveHybrid 5 price:
Standard - R757 300

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