ActiveHybrid technology: six-in-line engine, electric motor,
The 225 kW/306 hp six-cylinder in-line engine with BMW
TwinPower Turbo technology in the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is the
same unit renowned for its free-revving capability, pulling
power and efficiency in the BMW 535i. The electric motor,
meanwhile, develops 40 kW/55 hp and is supplied with energy
by a high-performance lithium-ion battery integrated into
the luggage area. Power from the two drive systems is
transferred to the rear wheels by the eight-speed automatic
gearbox. In addition to its full-hybrid construction, which
enables purely electric and therefore local emission-free
driving in urban conditions, the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 boasts
not just highly sporty performance but also a double-digit
percentage improvement in fuel economy over the BMW 535i.
thanks to ECO PRO mode including coasting and intelligent
In order to fully exploit the potential of the BMW
ActiveHybrid technology, the intelligent energy management
of the power electronics uses a host of innovative functions
to ensure the drive system runs efficiently. Charging of the
high-performance battery primarily takes place during
coasting or braking, the electric motor performing the role
of a generator feeding energy into the high-voltage battery.
By contrast, under acceleration the electric motor takes on
a boost function. Here, it assists the petrol engine by
generating an ultra-dynamic burst of power, lending the
sedan’s sporty driving experience a sharper edge.
Moreover, while coasting at
speeds of up to 160 km/h (100 mph) in ECO PRO mode, the
combustion engine can be switched off and fully decoupled.
This coasting mode combines comfortable driving with optimum
utilisation of the kinetic energy already generated. To
avoid periods with the engine running at idle – at junctions
or in traffic tailbacks, for example – the BMW ActiveHybrid 5
is equipped with a hybrid start-stop function. Plus, the
power electronics in the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 are linked up
with the standard-fitted Navigation system Professional.
This allows forward-looking analysis of the driving
situation, enabling the drive components to be primed to
deliver maximum efficiency (the effect may vary according to
the quality of the available navigation data).
All the hybrid-specific
components of the drive technology and energy management
systems have been developed specially for use in the BMW
ActiveHybrid 5. The result is an extremely well-rounded
overall concept, which also provides a convincing
demonstration of the BMW ActiveHybrid technology’s qualities
out on the road. Needless to say, all of the new hybrid
components are designed to last for the life of the vehicle.
elegance with individual accents.
The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 sees the sporty yet elegant body
design of the BMW 5 Series Sedan complemented by bespoke
touches which highlight the identity of its drive
technology. The “ActiveHybrid 5” lettering on the C-pillars,
the BMW kidney grille with galvanised slats and the exhaust
matt chrome tailpipes set the exterior apart from the other
models in the range. Available as an option, meanwhile, are
18-inch Streamline light-alloy wheels displaying exceptional
aerodynamic efficiency. The BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is the only
model in the BMW 5 Series line-up to be available in the
exterior paint shade Bluewater metallic, and it also stands
out visually from all other 5 Series variants with door sill
strips bearing “ActiveHybrid 5” lettering, an aluminium
plate on the centre console with the same ID, a bespoke
engine cover and the visible “ActiveHybrid Power Unit”
inscription on the special casing for the high-performance
battery accommodated in the luggage area.
At a glance:
- BMW presents the third
in its line of hybrid models with specially developed
drive technology; the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is a full
hybrid based on the BMW 5 Series Sedan; unbeatable
dynamics and a more effective balance between
performance and fuel consumption than any rival;
combined system output: 250 kW/340 hp, average fuel
consumption in the EU test cycle: 6.4 – 7.0 litres/100
kilometres (40 – 44 mpg imp), CO2 emissions:
149 – 163 g/km (figures may vary according to the tyre
- New generation of BMW
ActiveHybrid technology; debut for the combination of a
six-cylinder in-line petrol engine with BMW TwinPower
Turbo technology and an electric motor; electric motor
integrated into the housing of the eight-speed automatic
gearbox; energy supplied by a lithium-ion
high-performance battery positioned in the boot area
between the wheel arches; all hybrid components designed
to last the life of the car.
arrangement allows the car to reach 60 km/h (37 mph) and
achieve a maximum range of four kilometres (just under
2.5 miles) on electric power alone; boost function
brings together the power of the electric motor and
petrol engine to deliver extremely dynamic acceleration
of 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.9 seconds; efficiency
further enhanced by hybrid start-stop function, Brake
Energy Regeneration and ECO PRO mode; coasting mode
(with the combustion engine switched off) can be used at
speeds up to 160 km/h (100 mph).
information shown in the instrument cluster and Control
Display; energy flow and recuperation display, as well
as boost function, shown in the rev counter; operating
status, battery charge level and fuel consumption
history can be viewed in the Control Display.
combination of advanced drive system technology and
luxurious ambience thanks to particularly extensive
standard equipment; eight-speed automatic gearbox,
stationary climate control, Navigation system
Professional, 4-zone automatic climate control and
Driving Experience Control switch all come as standard;
options include active seat ventilation, active seats,
Comfort Access, sports automatic gearbox with shift
paddles on the steering wheel, Soft Close Automatic
function for the doors and boot lid, hands-free boot lid
opening function, electrically operated glass roof, and
high-quality audio and rear-seat entertainment systems.
- Specifications and
BMW ActiveHybrid 5: Six-cylinder
in-line petrol engine,
BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with twin-scroll
turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection and
Displacement: 2,979 cc, output: 225 kW/306 hp at
max. torque: 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at 1,200 – 5,000 rpm.
Synchronous electric motor; output: 40 kW/55 hp,
max. torque: 210 Nm (155 lb-ft);
Combined output: 250 kW/340 hp,
max. combined torque: 450 Nm (332 lb-ft).
Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 5.9 seconds,
top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph),
top speed purely on electric power: 60 km/h (37 mph).
Average fuel consumption*: 6.4 – 7.0 litres/100
(40 – 44 mpg imp),
CO2 emissions*: 149 – 163 g/km,
exhaust standard: EU5.
*As per the EU test cycle,
figures may vary according to the tyre format specified