BMW announced at the North American International Auto Show the new 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 will have a MSRP of $61,845 (including the $895 Destination and Handling charge).

BMW announced at the North American International Auto Show the new 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 will have a MSRP of $61,845 (including the $895 Destination and Handling charge).

First seen as the BMW Concept 5-Series ActiveHybrid at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the vehicle is based on the BMW 535i Sedan and features the 3.0 liter twin-turbo unit with 302 hp (306 PS / 225 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, along with a 55 bhp (56 PS / 40 kW) electric motor that also produces 155 lb-ft (210 Nm) of torque. The electric motor is integrated into the housing for the eight-speed automatic transmission. Combined, the drivetrain is configured to deliver a maximum output of 335 hp (340 PS / 250 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque.

The lithium-ion battery pack provides the ActiveHybrid 5 with an all-electric range of up to four kilometers (2.5 miles) at an average speed of 22 mph (35 km/h). The car can also reach 37 mph (60 km/h) in all-electric mode for a brief time. The 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint on the ActiveHybrid 5 takes 5.9 seconds (0-60 mph in 5.7).

The car features an auto stop/start system and, in ECO PRO mode, the ActiveHybrid 5 can also coast with the engine shut off at speeds of up to 100 mph (160 km/h).

For the exterior, the ActiveHybrid 5 is distinguished by a revised grille, special badging and matte chrome tailpipes. Customers can also order exclusive Bluewater metallic paint and 18-inch "Streamline" alloy wheels.

Inside, the cabin is equipped with additional standard equipment, special door sill plates and an aluminum "ActiveHybrid 5" badge on the center console.

Finalized fuel-economy figures in the US have not been released yet but Car & Driver estimates 23/34 mpg (city/highway) which translates much lower than the averaged range announced for Europe: 6.4 to 7.0 L/100 km (44 - 40 mpg imp / 36.7 - 33.6 mpg US) while having CO2 emissions between 149 and 163 g/km.

The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is scheduled to arrive late Spring 2012 in the US.

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