BMW ActiveHybrid 5

2012-11-30 12:55

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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