By Jennifer Geiger on January 13, 2012
BMW announced pricing for its 2012 5 Series hybrid sedan. Called ActiveHybrid 5, it will retail for $60,950 when it goes on sale in late spring. Power comes from the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder engine found in the 535i, but it's joined by a 55-horsepower electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack in the ActiveHybrid 5. It uses an eight-speed automatic transmission and has a total of 335 hp.
BMW expects the ActiveHybrid 5 to deliver an appealing blend of performance and fuel economy, with a 5.7-second zero-to-60 time and rumors of high mpg figures. BMW says the 5 Series hybrid should get see a big increase in fuel economy compared with the 535i's 21/31 mpg city/highway rating, though official figures haven't been released. The hybrid can operate in all-electric mode, but only for 2.5 miles at speeds below 37 mph.
Unlike BMW's short-lived sales dud, the X6 Hybrid, the ActiveHybrid 5 won't be the priciest 5 Series in the lineup. Rather, it will sit midpack between the base 528i's $46,900 sticker price and the higher-level $64,300 550i xDrive sedan. The range-topping M5 model returns to the 5 Series lineup for model-year 2013.
All prices exclude BMW's $895 destination fee.
Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer