BMW has finally launched the 7-Series Active Hybrid sedan in India, at a price of Rs. 1.35 crores (ex-showroom, New Delhi). The car will be imported into India via the Completely Built Unit (CBU) route and is the first luxury saloon to come in hybrid guise in the country. It gets all the bells and whistles that you’d usually expect from a luxury sedan at the price point at which it operates.
The hybrid luxury sedan’s electric motor will function as a helping hand to the turbo charged 3 Liter twin petrol engine that outputs 320 Bhp of peak power and 450 Nm of peak torque. The electric motor outputs 55 Bhp and 210 Nm. Combined output is rated at 354 Bhp and 500 Nm although there is no driver selectable all-electric driving mode in the car. The car choose modes automatically and at parking and crawling speeds, uses the electric motor.
The hybrid motor’s battery stack eats up into the boot space which gets reduced by 140 litres. An 8 speed automatic gearbox transmits torque to the rear wheels. The car gets Active Hybrid badging all around, to separate it from the regular model. The 7-Series Activehybrid can go from 0 to 100 Kph in just 5.7 seconds before hitting an electronically restricted top pace of 250 kmph.
The luxury sedan’s claimed fuel efficiency of 13.85 kmpl in the European driving cycle, makes it a very frugal operator, especially with the kind of performance it is capable of. Expect the car to return about 10-11 Kmpl in Indian conditions. The BMW 7-Series ActiveHybrid gets additional fuel efficiency boosting measures in the forms of the Eco Pro mode, brake energy regeneration system and an Idle Stop mechanism. The car is meant to be a brand builder for BMW in India, highlighting the German luxury car maker’s green credentials.