It looks like BMW may be spreading its ActiveHybrid technology to the 3 Series line in the near future. Autobild is reporting that a battery-laden model will debut shortly after the 2012 3 Series arrives on dealer lots early next year. The report suggests that the company's forced-induction four-cylinder will also show up behind the headlights of the 3 Series in everything but the mighty 335i. The top-of-the-line 3 will continue to boast inline six-cylinder power for the conceivable future. Meanwhile, the hybrid variant will work with a version of the company's straight-six mated to tech from the ActiveHybrid 7 Series.

That means that buyers should be able to look forward to an additional 15 horsepower from a small electric motor as well as the boost of instantaneous torque. Chances are the system will use the same 120-volt lithium-ion battery pack as the big 7 as well. Or at least it will if the report turns out to be true. Right now, Autobild is working off of whispers obtained from unnamed sources within the shadowy halls of BMW headquarters, so take this hybrid 3 Series rumor with a grain of salt.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Im not disagreeing with their strategies, but why do Lux companies make hybrids? They still usually have huge engines, are 10k+ compared to their "normal" engine siblings and really don't achieve that great of fuel economy. Diesel is so much better as an option ie: Audi A8 4.2 TDI.
        • 3 Years Ago
        After seeing the phat government handshake the prius got in the US, a bunch of fat, bald, old white guys in marketing determined BMW should "do the deal" too. Hell, prius owners got to invade the motorcycle lane!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like a good way to ruin the 3 series. More expensive, heavier, and little mpg gain to justify it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's a marketing ploy. Being able to stick a hybrid logo on the side of the vehicle is good for at last 1000 more sales to middle-aged female Al Gore fans.
      • 3 Years Ago
      good. 15 HP extra for $15000. That's the BMW way.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just bring the 320d BMW.
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      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like BMW is going the Accord Hybrid route. Which is destined to fail. Why not bring us a 320d with ActiveHybrid? Be innovative, BMW. Take the risk.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a cheap looking badge.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'll gladly keep my '10 335d instead. I think it's sad that BMW is abandoning the opportunity for smaller diesel engines in the US. I'd rather have a 320d than a 328 Active Hybrid....
      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as they don't stop the diesels...I second the 320d, a smaller yet still powerful diesel they sell overseas!
      george costanza
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had to drive a lot for a job and save several thousand bucks by buying a prius. I love it. it is awesome. however overseas people drive diesel etc..BUT do not have to rely on their cars as sole transportation.. on wkends, they can zoom around in sporty cars BUT during week have hybrid buses, metro, high speed rail etc...and have closer built environment and many live above their work if they own their own business which many US 90% of subsidies go to mao mart and 'big boxes'... If US congress which is outdated anyway actually represented people they would take all subsidies from CAFOs and big boxes and actually put money where mouth is and support small business. and overseas high speed rail isn't 'big gov't either...they are private cos. which bid on contracts...i.e. they aren't amtrak.... most of the rest of the world HAS OPTIONS....and drive expensive beamers and mercedes for show..not daily commuters....US has no options...thanks to big oil owning our govt. so we complain about everything and look at cars on autoblog which couldnt even be driven in my town due to giant potholes which are never fixed which would ruin suspension anyway....
      Cory Stansbury
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder what ever became of BMW's Turbosteamer system. That seemed pretty legit and compact. Only things I can think of is that controlling it was problematic. There'd be all sorts of latency issues with the response of the system. However...if they incorporated it into the Hybrid system as a means to charge the battery and then biased the road power requirements, engine output, and motor output to the state of charge, they could really have something. It seems like many of the components of the turbosteamer would be similar in expense to the AC system, so I doubt it would add that much cost.
        Cory Stansbury
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Cory Stansbury
        According to wiki: System is not expected to reach production until 2015. Maybe there is hope yet.
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