So the X6 Activehybrid was a complete failure. So what? You didn’t think BMW was just going to throw in the towel on this hybrid game, did you? Before I talk about their new entry, how about I talk about what went wrong with the X6 Activehybrid.
For starters, it was an X6, which means it was about as attractive as a Pontiac Aztek1. It also had a 400 lb weight penalty when compared to the already porky X6. Finally, it cost ninety thousand dollars. I’m more surprised that BMW actually brought this car to market, than I am about it being cancelled.
So, back to the business of today, the 2012 ActiveHybrid 5. Like the X6 ActiveHybrid, the ActiveHybrid 5 is no ordinary hybrid; it’s an ActiveHybrid. I kid, of course… that’s just BMW’s buzzword to make it seem cooler than it actually is. Let’s talk specs.
2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 Specs
- 335 HP2 twin turbo 3.0 liter six cylinder engine
- 55 HP electric motor
- Lithium ion battery pack
- Eight speed automatic transmission
BMW says ActiveHybrid 5 can travel 2.5 miles with the engine off, at a maximum speed of 37 miles per hour. The engine will also shut off when the car coasts, as is normal with full hybrid designs.
Fuel economy numbers aren’t available yet, but BMW is expecting “double digit increases” from the 20/30 mpg that the vanilla 535i gets. That could be as lame as 10%, though I’d expect it to be significantly better.