BMW AG will show a 5-series hybrid sedan called the ActiveHybrid 5 at the Tokyo auto show later this month as part of an unfolding strategy to improve fuel economy without compromising driving dynamics.
It will be the third gasoline-electric hybrid in the BMW lineup when it goes on sale in the United States next spring and in Europe in early 2012 with a starting price of 62,900 euros in Germany.
It is powered by a twin-turbo six-cylinder in-line engine and an electric motor for a combined 340 hp, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The car can drive in electric model up to 37 mph (60kph), BMW says.
The 55 hp electric motor runs off a lithium-ion battery housed in the trunk.
BMW said the ActiveHybrid 5 will also provide drivers with a boost function to deliver more dynamic acceleration and enable the car to coast with the combustion engine switched off.
In addition, it is equipped with a smart energy management system that works with the navigation system to prepare the car's drive functions for upcoming road conditions.
BMW also markets a gasoline-electric hybrid version of the 7-series sedan and X6 SUV
BMW will add a fourth hybrid late next year with the launch of the new-generation 3-series lineup. The redesigned 3-series sedan debuts in February. The ActiveHybrid 3 will use the same gasoline-electric powerplant as the 5 series.
The automaker already sells two diesel models in the United States, the X5 xDrive35d SUV and the 335d 3 series.
BMW will add electric cars to its product lineup in 2013 when the new i sub-brand debuts with the i3 four-seat rear-wheel-drive car, followed by the i8 2+2 coupe in 2014.