All-new BMW 3 sports sedan will have more efficient and highly dynamic features to show the world. BMW will unleash the world’s first hybrid variant along with its new ActiveHybrid 3 powertrain technology.
The combined electric drive unit and 6-cylinder engine are designed to deliver an unparalleled driving experience, lower emissions and fuel savings. The BMW EfficientDymanics blueprint helped in developing the sporty yet fuel-efficient ActiveHybrid 3 model. In fact, the technical approaches that were used on the BMW ActiveHybrid 5, ActiveHybrid 6 and ActiveHybrid 7 models are the same with BMW’s 4th and latest entry.
The smart combination of electric drive and internal combustion technology contribute to the ActiveHybrid 3’s low fuel consumption and lesser CO2 emission without compromising its performance. Also, the integrated powertrain has saved a significant amount of space on the premium model’s overall body arrangement.
BMW’s new hybrid sedan boasts of 225-kW/300hp 6-cylinder engines with N55 Twin-Power Turbo technology. The car is also equipped with the hybrid-specific 8-speed AT with built-in electric motor. This element provides an extra power of up to 40-kW/55hp. Meanwhile, the overall output is at 250kW/335hp with a maximum of 330lb-ft combined torque.
To most people, it’s hard to believe how the impressively powerful figures could be capable of delivering unrivalled fuel savings. But according to the EU test cycle, the average consumption of the ActiveHybrid 3 model is only at 6.4L/100km or 36.7mpg. In other words, the powertrain technology is 12.5% more fuel efficient than any other cars in its segment.
BMW 3 Series’ Hybrid technology lets the car run on electric power alone. That’s because the electric motor already provides the 6-cylinder engine with sufficient power to perform. This contributes to ActiveHybrid 3 model’s driving superiority apart from the virtually quiet and zero-emission performance output.
All in all, the hybrid car can run between 2-2.5miles distances. At the same time, the maximum speed in pure electric mode ranges from 60km/h or 37mph (underload) up to 160km/h or 100mph (overrun). In case more throttle is applied, the combustion engine will instinctively engage/disengage as needed.
Surprisingly, the electric motor works like a power generator when braking or engaged in overrun. At this point, it then converts the kinetic energy into electrical power that is used for battery charging. The same principle applies on the standard Brake Energy Regeneration feature on most BMW models. Only, the ActiveHybrid3’s energy recuperation is even better. For sure, many are just as excited as we are, as the new BMW3 Series model will hit the roads this 2012 just in time for the autumn season.