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BMW ActiveHybrid 5   (Source: BMW)
One BMW hybrid dies, another springs into action

Just a few days ago we brought you news that BMW is ending sales of the laggard X6 ActiveHybrid. But just as BMW is losing one hybrid, it's looking to add a newer (and most assuredly cheaper) hybrid to its lineup.
The BMW ActiveHybrid 5, as its name implies, is based on the 5-Series sedan. The vehicle features the 535i's 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and a hybrid drive system. The hybrid system features an electric motor that generates 55hp and 155 lb-ft of torque which is paired with a trunk-mounted lithium-ion battery pack. The ActiveHybrid 5 can travel up to 37 mph on battery power alone and can travel up to 2.5 miles on battery power.
Total system power is up from 300hp in the 535i to 335hp in the ActiveHybrid 5. Torque jumps from 300 lb-ft to 330 lb-ft. As a result, the vehicle can sprint to 60mph in 5.7 seconds according to BMW's stopwatch.
When it comes to fuel economy improvements over the standard 535i, BMW isn't ready to give any concrete numbers. It simply says that the ActiveHybrid 5 will offer a "double-digit percentage improvement in fuel economy over the BMW 535i based on preliminary results."
There is no word on pricing yet, but the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 will be available in the U.S. in March 2012.

Source: BMW

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Double digit percentage increase!
By Dug on 9/30/2011 3:18:18 PM , Rating: 2
This means 10% increase of 19mpg.

Gee I just spent $5000 more to get 2 miles per gallon more and I can travel a whole 2 miles on battery?

Why do you think the x6 didn't sell.

By YashBudini on 9/30/2011 6:02:32 PM , Rating: 4
Why do you think the x6 didn't sell.

Apparently BMW marketing thinks the entire problem is price. Now sit back and watch history repeat itself repeat itself.

RE: Double digit percentage increase!
By CK804 on 9/30/2011 7:26:55 PM , Rating: 3
Have you ever thought that maybe some people don't want a hybrid to save fuel? Maybe, just maybe they want a car that's faster and quieter. Look at the market BMW caters to. Just saying.

Whoa there big fella -
By Dr of crap on 9/30/2011 12:31:01 PM , Rating: 2
You mean it can go 2.5 miles just using the battery???

Where can I buy one of those, because NO ONE has a car that can go farther than that on battery power!

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