The BMW 3-series hybrid that’s set to be launched next month has a starting price of £40,225 on-the-road. The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 will be available in SE, Modern, Luxury and M Sport specification. It is powered by the TwinPower 3.0-litre, six-cylinder engine and 55bhp electric motor that are also used on the BMW ActiveHybrid 5, with an output of 340bhp and 332lb ft.
It can sprint from zero to 62mph in 5.3sec, which makes it 0.6sec faster than the 5-series. Its CO2 emissions level of 139g/km undercuts the bigger car by 10g/km. BMW asserts that on electric power alone, it can be driven up to 2.4 miles and could return 47.9mpg on the combined cycle. It achieves an 18% benefit-in-kind rate. It’s expected that the four-wheel drive BMW 3-series xDrive will be launched in July.
The 320i will feature the new chassis configuration and will have a starting price of £27,000 in SE specification. BMW claims that it can accelerate from zero to 62mph in 7.4sec with a manual gearbox. It also offers 41.5mpg and could get 159g/km. Available as an option is the eight-speed automatic gearbox, which raises fuel economy by 2mpg and 7g/km. It’s likely that BMW will reveal the diesel variants in the upcoming months.
The additional changes to the 3-series range include the addition of the eight-speed auto to the 330d and the presentation of the M Sport specification. What’s available as standard are a set of 18-inch M-Star spoke alloy wheels, bodystyling, M Sport suspension, and interior trim.
The M Sport grades are priced £3000 higher than SE models. The BMW 5-series GT is now available in 520d guise, with the same 2.0-litre diesel used on the BMW 5-series saloon and Touring. BMW said that it can return 53.3mpg, with carbon dioxide emissions of 139g/km and getting a 21% BIK rate. All the GT models now offer start-stop as standard, cutting BIK by as much as 5%.