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).
On its own. The BMW 3-Series Sedan already has a body that is designed to be elegant and at the same time sporty. The new BMW 3 ActiveHybrid complements this by adding in some customizations in order to put attention to its cutting-edge drive technology.
The C-pillars and the rear section have the "ActiveHybrid 3" badge placed on them and with the exhaust tailpipes in matt chrome, ensuring that the exterior of this new model is made distinct from its siblings. Other highlights include the window surrounds having a satin finish, which is a standard feature. Then there is the side graphic which has the BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow. The door sill strips are another component that helps highlight how different the BMW 3 ActiveHybrid is from the other models in the same range.
Like the C-pillars, it also has the "ActiveHybrid 3" lettering on it. Additional features that stand out include the customized engine cover and the gearshift lever knob that has an aluminum plate also having the "ActiveHybrid 3" lettering. For those who want to enhance the style while improving the aerodynamic efficiency, BMW is offering the light-alloy Streamline 18-inch wheels as an option. On the interior, the range of choices when it comes to the trim elements, upholstery, and colors, becomes wider compared to the other versions.
While the BMW 3 ActiveHybrid includes the usual features that enhance comfort, it adds the 2-zone climate control system that comes with stationary air conditioning. There are also a number of BMW ConnectedDrive mobility services and driver assistance systems included in this new model. In addition, the options offered under the BMW 3-Series Sedan are also made available for the BMW 3 ActiveHybrid.