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First Look: 2013 BMW 7-Series

More power, more technology and your own Attention Assistant.

by on May.25, 2012

BMW officially reveals the 2013 7-Series tonight.

As bells chime midnight along Lake Como the folks attending the annual concourse at tony Villa d’Este will get their first look at the updated 2013 BMW 7-Series.  Lucky for us had a chance to get an advance look at the new flagship sedan following a media ride-and-drive in Santa Barbara.

The redesigned 7-Series will go through a number of notable changes for the upcoming model-year, with exterior design revisions starting from the trademark kidney grille back, as well as significant revisions to the powertrain line-up.  The 2013 sedan will get more power, better mileage, plenty of new technology, and improved safety systems including something BMW has dubbed “Attention Assistant.”

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Even the classic and oft-debated iDrive system undergoes some big changes to match the improvements to the updated 7-Series infotainment system, which now features a super-high-resolution video display that even Apple might envy.


First Look: 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5

Expanding the hybrid range to the mainstream luxury market.

by on Mar.03, 2010

BMW's ActiveHybrid 5 Concept takes gas-electric technology a step beyond what's available in the original ActiveHybrid 7.

Slow off the line with the introduction of its first gasoline-electric vehicle, BMW is making up for lost time as it begins rolling out an assortment of new hybrids.  The next one due to reach showrooms around the world is the ActiveHybrid 5, based on the German maker’s new mid-range sedan.

The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 doesn’t look much different than the base 5-Series, and the name might suggest it shares underlying powertrains with the 2010 ActiveHybrid 7, but on the technical front, it turns out, there’s a fair degree of differentiation.

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The primary powerplant, explains Klaus Draeger, the automaker’s technology chief, is a 3.0-liter, twin-turbo, direct-injection inline-six, which makes 301 horsepower.  That’s mated to a 55 hp electric motor which can drive the vehicle by itself for short distances, at speeds up to about 60 mph. The ActiveHybrid 7, on the other hand, uses a simpler driveline not intended for running solely on batteries.