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New ActiveHybrid 7 offers 158gpkm CO2 emissions

Many of the changes come from the new engine. The new ActiveHybrid 7 uses the same six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine as the 740i, instead of the V8 used in the first generation model. A new eight-speed gearbox, plus revised hybrid system with uprated electric motor and lithium ion battery also help improve on the car’s environmental performance.

The efficiency benefits come with a minimal drop in performance. With the new drivetrain, the ActiveHybrid 7 offers a combined 349bhp and sprints to 62mph in 5.7 seconds, compared to 459bhp and 4.9-seconds for its predecessor. Vitally, the model offers a 14% drop in consumption compared to a conventional, and less powerful, 740i saloon.

Drivers can also use the electric motor offer a performance boost for the petrol engine under hard acceleration, while brake energy regeneration, start/stop technology and an ECO PRO mode with the same high-speed coasting function as the ActiveHybrid 3 and ActiveHybrid 5 help boost efficiency. It can also run purely on electric power for up to 2.5 miles and at speeds under 37mph, ideal for silent inner-city chauffeuring.

BMW has yet to indicate predicted UK pricing for the new ActiveHybrid 7.

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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