BMW will debut a 5-series hybrid at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show later this month. The new ActiveHybrid 5 will help BMW’s new strategy to improve fuel economy without compromising driving experience.
It will be powered by an electric motor that will run off a lithium battery and a twin-turbo six-cylinder in-line engine. Equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the car can achieve a combined 340 horsepower.
The hybrid 5-series will offer drivers with a boost function to provide more dynamic acceleration and enable the car to coast with the combustion engine switched off. It will also come equipped with a smart energy management system that works with the navigation system to prepare the car for upcoming road conditions.
With the ActiveHybrid 5 becoming available in the US next spring, BMW will now offer three gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles. A hybrid version of the 7-series and X6 are currently available, and BMW also plans on offering a hybrid 3-series model late next year.