BMW’s all-new ActiveHybrid 3 model has finally been unveiled. It is equipped with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six partnered to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. It is combined with an electric motor to produce 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. This is the same powerplant used on the 335i, which has been named as the international “Engine of the Year” award for two straight years.
On the other hand, the electric motor has a maximum output of 55-hp. It can power the sedan on pure electric power to as high as 45-mph and it can reach distances up to 2.5 miles (when driving at 20-mph on average). Similar to all electric models, it creates a max torque of 155 lb-ft of torque from a standing start.
The electric motor features a lithium-ion high-voltage battery created just for the hybrid 3-Series model, covered in a very strong housing positioned between the wheel arches in the trunk.
Overall, the ActiveHybrid 3 can accelerate from zero to 60mph in 5.3 seconds while sustaining a top speed of 155-mph. It comes with auto start-stop functionality together with selectable driving modes ECO PRO and Coasting. Watch for the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 to arrive at U.S. showrooms in the fall, priced from $50,195 MSRP (which includes destination and handling costs).