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Revealed: 2012 BMW 5-Series Active Hybrid

In their ongoing development of hybrid technology, BMW reveals the latest addition to their new 5-Series lineup, the Active Hybrid 5.

BMW has just released official details and pictures of their new 2012 Active Hybrid 5. Based off the 535i, the German automaker is claiming that their latest model has all of their latest technology along with impressive performance and low fuel consumption. It's powered by a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder that's paired with an electric drive system. All told, it delivers 300hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.

The electric motor, which is located in the trunk, produces 55hp and 155 lb-ft and is powered by a high-performance lithium-ion battery featuring a total of 96 cells and a usable energy capacity of 675kWh. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic which transfers power to the rear wheels. All told, it can go from 0 to 60mph in 5.7 seconds. According to BMW, the F10 Active Hybrid 5 is capable of operating in all-electric mode up to 37mph. The high-voltage battery can store enough energy to allow it to travel up to about 2.5 miles at an average speed of 22mph in electric mode only.

With the exception of the battery, the rest of the car's chassis is the same as the rest of the new 5-Series lineup. Other standard features include the Servotronic speed-sensitive steering system, a high-performance brake system, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Official pricing hasn't been announced, but expect for the Active Hybrid 5 to appear in U.S. showrooms next March.

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