BMW launched its luxurious new 5 Series ActiveHybrid at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, alongside a 3.0-litre diesel engined version of the BMW X5, which is set to go on sale in the Japanese market for the first time ever.
The new BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid will go on sale in the UK early in 2012, and offers a 335bhp six-cylinder turbodiesel engine from the 535d, paired with an electric motor and lithium ion batteries.
An electric motor sits at the back of the car’s eight-speed ZF developed gearbox, and delivers 39kw of power to the rear wheels, boosting performance significantly over the standard model.
What's more, the system is also capable of running the new 5 Series as a pure electric vehicle, with an electric only range of 2.5 miles at a constant 40mph.
UK prices are still to be confirmed, but drivers can expect to pay close to £62,000 for the car that BMW says slots between the 535d and range topping 550i. At present, no estate version is planned.