First Impressions from Geneva 2010: BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid Concept

Parallel to the world debut of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan here in Geneva, BMW is also presenting the concept of a future-oriented full-hybrid model in the upper midrange segment: The BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid.

Parallel to the world debut of the new BMW 5 Series Sedan here in Geneva, BMW is also presenting the concept of a future-oriented full-hybrid model in the upper midrange segment – the new BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid.

The new brand’s concept car offers a particularly good rendition of the new BMW5 Series Sedan in all its dynamic, efficient and innovative qualities, at the same time representing the ongoing development of the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 and the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 with their drivetrain technology already in production.

The drive system featured in the BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid consists of a straight-six gasoline engine with TwinPower Turbo technology, eight-speed automatic transmission, and electric drive. Integration of BMW ActiveHybrid technology in a sedan already extremely efficient with its “conventional” combustion engine reduces both fuel consumption and emissions once again by more than 10 percent. And the electric motor offers a boost function, supporting the gasoline engine in generating particularly dynamic drive power for an even more sporting driving experience in the car.

Intelligent energy management likewise serves to enhance the efficiency of the overall system, its unique functions ensuring appropriate control and management of all energy paths within the car and appropriate interaction of the drivetrain components precisely adjusted to driving conditions.

The drivetrain technology included in the BMW Concept 5 Series ActiveHybrid allows all-electric, zero-emission motoring in city traffic. At the same time a special hybrid-based Auto Start Stop function offers additional efficiency by consistently switching off the combustion engine when stopping at the traffic lights, a road junction, or in congested traffic. Optimised comfort, finally, is provided by the auxiliary climate control function.

Check out live high-res photos of the new BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid Concept from the gallery below after the jump. [via AutoBlog]

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