The 2010 BMW ActiveHybrid 7

images-46.jpgAfter the presentation of the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 there is going to be a version of the luxury sedan 7 Series that is a hybrid.  This vehicle will go on sale in 2010 in the spring complete with a good auto warranty and roadside assistance.  Although the X6 has a full hybrid setup, there will only be a mild hybrid system in the ActiveHybrid 7.  Of course, that means the gains in efficiency will not be as great, however BMW says that there will be a gain in fuel economy of at least 15%. The 750i currently gets about 17 mg, so the hybrid version should up that to about 19 or 20 mpg.

Also, an auto start-stop feature will be added, which will shut off the engine during standing stops.  BMW will offer a version that is standard, as well as a model of the ActiveHybrid 7 with a long-wheelbase.  In addition, there will be wheels that are specially designed to add some efficiency.

Of course people who are buying the 750i most likely aren’t worried about how efficient the ActiveHybrid is because its starting MSRP is $80,300.  The ActiveHybrid X6 is going to be the single most powerful hybrid out there and is designed to please driving enthusiasts, however the 7 doesn’t present the same package.  Of course, BMW claims that it will have 455 hp with 516 pounds per feet of torque, however no one is thrashing the 7 Series with regularity.  It is likely that the ActiveHybrid 7’s price will be at the top of the lineup and will end up being mostly a status symbol.

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2009 at 12:25 pm In Roadside Assistance Program