2013 Bmw 3-Series ActiveHybrid UK pricing announced

Article by Christian A., on June 26, 2012

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.

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.

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%.

BMW 3 ActiveHybrid actually employs the BMW 3-Series Sedan sportiness and elegance through its body design. Nonetheless, it also features a number of bespoke elements that emphasize its groundbreaking drive technology. Examples of these are "ActiveHybrid 3" lettering on the C-pillars and at the rear. These elements also include the matte chrome exhaust tailpipes, standard satin-finish window surrounds and the BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow features in its side graphic.

Further differentiating the new BMW 3 ActiveHybrid from its siblings are the "ActiveHybrid 3" letterings on the door sill strips and on the aluminum plate on the gearshift lever knob. The new BMW 3 ActiveHybrid also comes with a bespoke engine cover.

Customers may also further personalize their BMW 3 ActiveHybrid rides with the optional 18-inch Streamline light-alloy wheels that are known for their outstanding aerodynamic efficiency.

The new BMW 3 ActiveHybrid could be availed in Sport, Modern and Luxury lines as well as the M Sport package.

Meanwhile, the wide array of interior colors, trim elements and upholstery available for the new BMW 3 ActiveHybrid also reflects the personalization levels that could be availed for other variants of the BMW 3-Series Sedan. As standard, the new BMW 3 ActiveHybrid is fitted with a host of features that enhances comfort, like its 2-zone climate control system with stationary air conditioning.

Press Release

BMW expands and enhances its UK model line-up

With the arrival of hybrid, four-wheel-drive and M Sport variants of the 3 Series Saloon, BMW offers its most comprehensive line-up ever of the model that is the heart of the brand. The 320i xDrive, ActiveHybrid 3 and M Sport versions start production in July along with the 330d, followed in November by the 316i and 320i EfficientDynamics.

The ActiveHybrid 3 is unique in the compact premium saloon class. Powered by the BMW TwinPower Turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine in tandem with a 40kW (55hp) electric motor, it develops a combined 340hp and 450Nm of torque to deliver exceptional performance, reaching 62mph from zero in just 5.3 seconds. At speeds of up to 37mph it can travel up to 2.4 miles solely on electric power supplied by its high-performance lithium-ion battery. With a combined fuel consumption of 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 139g/km it attracts only an 18 per cent benefit-in-kind company car taxation rate. Just as practical as it economical, the ActiveHybrid 3 retains 390-litres of useable boot space. The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is priced from £40,225 OTR and is available in SE, Modern, Luxury and M Sport specification.

xDrive brings the all-year-round stability and safety of four-wheel-drive to the 3 Series. Available initially on the 320i and powered by the 184hp TwinPower Turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, it costs from £27,400 OTR for a BMW 320i SE. With the six-speed manual gearbox the 320i xDrive accelerates from zero to 62mph in 7.4 seconds and has fuel consumption and CO2 figures of 41.5mpg and 159g/km. The optional eight-speed automatic transmission improves economy and emissions to 43.5mpg and 152g/km while adding only a tenth of a second to the zero to 62mph time.

The BMW eight-speed Sport automatic transmission is fitted as standard to the new 330d, which is powered by the 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder diesel engine developing 258hp and 560Nm of torque. This ensures that not only is it rapid, with a zero to 62mph time of 5.6 seconds, but also supremely efficient with a combined fuel economy of 57.6mpg and CO2 emissions of just 129g/km. The new BMW 330d Saloon is priced from £33,280 OTR for a BMW 330d SE.

The eagerly anticipated M Sport specification is now available across all variants of the BMW 3 Series Saloon for £3,000 over the cost of the SE model. The M Sport trim builds on the striking styling of the new 3 Series and its agile and dynamic character through a combination of unique interior and exterior design changes and chassis upgrades.

Standard features include 18-inch M Star-spoke alloy wheels, M Sport suspension and M aerodynamic body styling with High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim. Dakota leather upholstery is standard alongside a unique M Sport multi-function leather steering wheel, Anthracite headlining, M Sport seats and M designation door sill finishers. A Sport+ function is also added to the Drive Performance Control switch. Aluminium Hexagon interior trim with an Estoril Blue finisher is standard, but a high-gloss Black finisher is available as a no-cost option, as is a Brushed Aluminium interior trim.

The expansion of the 3 Series range will gather more momentum in November with the arrival of the 316i Saloon and 320i EfficientDynamics Saloon. The 316i is powered by a 1.6-litre TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine developing 136hp* and 220Nm* of torque (and will be available from £22,850 OTR). With a combined economy of 47.9mpg*, CO2 emissions of 137g/km* and a BIK rate of 18 per cent it will appeal to tax-conscious business drivers, yet still maintain the dynamic BMW responses, reaching zero to 62mph in 8.9 seconds*.

The same is true of the 320i EfficientDynamics which, with fuel economy of 53.3mpg* and CO2 emissions down to 124g/km*, attracts only a 15 per cent BIK rate. The 320i EfficientDynamics is powered by a 170hp* version of the 1.6-litre TwinPower Turbo engine punching out 250Nm* of torque. It will be available as a stand-alone model, based on the SE trim level, priced at £25,730 OTR.
*Data to be confirmed closer to launch.

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