• BMW ActiveHybrid 3: Signet on the C-pillar (10/2011)
  • BMW ActiveHybrid 3: Special wheel design (10/2011)
  • BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (10/2011)
  • BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (10/2011)
  • BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (10/2011)
  • BMW ActiveHybrid 3: Entry sill (10/2011)
We've learned to expect that hybrid vehicles will produce lower emissions and fuel-consumption scores than their standard gasoline-burning siblings. What we generally don't expect, however, is for that same hybrid to be quicker to 60 than its turbocharged brother or for it to make more overall horsepower.

Such is the case with the BMW ActiveHybrid 3, which offers up 340 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque from its 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline six and electric motor combination – useful gains from the 300 hp and 300 lb-ft in the 335i. Those added ponies allow the Hybrid 3 to hit 62 miles per hour in just 5.3 seconds, a .2-second improvement, according to the automaker, over the thirstier 335i.

BMW says the Hybrid 3 can travel up to 2.5 miles on electricity alone at speeds of up to 46 miles per hour, though not at the same time, of course, and fuel efficiency of about 40 miles per gallon on the EU test cycle. Expect the U.S. EPA figure to vary from that figure.

A lithium ion battery pack resides in the trunk, and it's made up of 96 individual cells with a rated output of 675 Wh. Power is sent to the rear wheels from the dual drivetrain through an eight-speed automatic gearbox that shares its outer casing with the 55-hp electric motor. Naturally, there's a rather prominent badge on the C-pillar displaying the car's fuel-saving credentials, as you can see in our image gallery above.

Full details can be found in the press release below, but there's still no word on when we can expect to see the ActiveHybrid 3 in the States or what it may cost if and when it arrives.
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The BMW ActiveHybrid 3: Intelligence breeds efficiency.

Enhanced efficiency coupled with increased dynamics in the
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 thanks to the combination of an award-winning combustion engine and an innovative electric drive.

BMW TwinPower Turbo technology working in tandem with an eight-speed automatic hybrid transmission and intelligent energy management.

All-electric operation up to 75 km/h (46 mph). All-electric driving range up to four kilometres (approx. 2.5 miles).

System output 250 kW/340 hp.

Outstanding ratio of driving performance to fuel consumption:
5.3 seconds from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph). 5.9 litres per 100 km
(47.9mpg imp) and 139 g CO2/km in the EU test cycle.

Latest-generation BMW ActiveHybrid technology: six-in-line engine, electric motor, lithium-ion battery.
The 225 kW/306 hp six-cylinder in-line engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology in the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is the same unit renowned for its free-revving capability, pulling power and efficiency in the BMW 335i. The electric motor, meanwhile, develops 40 kW/55 hp and is supplied with energy by a high-voltage lithium-ion battery integrated underneath the luggage area.

Power from the two drive systems is transferred to the rear wheels by the eight-speed automatic transmission. In addition to its full-hybrid construction, which enables purely electric and therefore local emission-free driving in urban conditions or when coasting, the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 boasts not just highly sporty performance but also a double-digit percentage improvement in fuel economy over the BMW 335i/335iA.

Superior efficiency thanks to ECO PRO mode including coasting and intelligent energy management.
In order to exploit the potential of the BMW ActiveHybrid technology, the intelligent energy management of the power electronics uses a host of innovative functions to ensure the drive system runs efficiently.

Charging of the high-performance battery primarily takes place during coasting or braking, the electric motor performing the role of a generator feeding energy into the high-voltage battery. By contrast, under acceleration the electric motor takes on a boost function. Here, it assists the petrol engine by generating an ultra-dynamic burst of power, lending the Sedan's sporty driving experience a sharper edge.

Moreover, while coasting at speeds of up to 160 km/h (100 mph) in
ECO PRO mode, the combustion engine can be switched off and fully decoupled. This coasting mode combines comfortable driving with optimum utilisation of the kinetic energy already generated. To avoid periods with the engine running at idle at junctions or in traffic tailbacks, the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 deploys its hybrid start-stop function. Plus, the power electronics can be intelligently linked up with the navigation system Professional (optional on the ActiveHybrid 3). This allows for proactive analysis of the driving situation, enabling the drive components to be primed to deliver maximum efficiency (the effect may vary according to the quality of the available navigation data).

Design: sporty elegance with individual accents.

The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 sees the sporty yet elegant body design of the BMW 3 Series Sedan complemented by bespoke touches which highlight its innovative drive technology. The "ActiveHybrid 3" lettering on the C-pillars and at the rear, along with the matt chrome exhaust tailpipes, set the exterior apart from the other models in the range. Further accents come courtesy of the standard satin-finish window surrounds and the BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow features in the side graphic.

Available as an option, meanwhile, are 18-inch Streamline light-alloy wheels displaying exceptional aerodynamic efficiency.

The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 also stands out visually with door sill strips bearing "ActiveHybrid 3" lettering, an aluminium plate on the gearshift lever knob with the same ID, and a bespoke engine cover. In addition, all three Sport,
Modern and Luxury lines as well as the M Sport package are available for the ActiveHybrid 3.

High-grade standard fittings, wide-ranging options.

The selection of interior colours, upholstery and interior trim elements reflects the range offered for the other BMW 3 Series Sedan variants.

Added to the standard-fitted array of comfort-enhancing features is also a
2-zone climate control system with stationary air conditioning.

A wide range of driver assistance systems and BMW ConnectedDrive mobility services, as well as virtually all the other optional extras available for the conventionally powered BMW 3 Series Sedan, can also be optionally specified for the BMW ActiveHybrid 3.

Production at BMW Plant Munich.
The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 will be produced at BMW Plant Munich alongside other BMW 3 Series models.

The integration into the production process of BMW ActiveHybrid technology is underpinned by the efficient combination of state-of-the-art automated process engineering and the skilled craftsmanship of specially trained employees.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it have made more sense to use the 4 cyl version?
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't understand why they don't employ the powerful and much more efficient 2.0 turbo four in this application.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I agree - I'm a hybrid owner, while I would enjoy more speed - a 250hp 4cylinder + hybrid system would be much more efficient. Possibly getting close to 40mpg in the US cycle.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Excellent job packaging the battery - leaving a flat trunk floor and retaining the split folding rear seats.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's make a hybrid: Because BMW powertrains aren't already complicated and expensive enough.
        • 2 Years Ago
        But, don't forget that "free" maintenance for 4 years. That will take care of all those vexing engineering and software problems. And when the lease is up, someone else will willingly buy this uber-complex car, so that will keep the resale value high.....
      • 2 Years Ago
      47500 starting will be nice But knowing bmw it will start at 49950!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good specs. But the car design with those specific wheels dont go well together...
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yeah,I would love a white one and different darker wheels-rims :)
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yet another impractical, overpriced "OMG, it's a hybrid!!!111" model made by BMW to keep the EPA scum quiet...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh. #1. Its going to weigh 4000lbs or more - that will snuff out the three series handling which is its claim to fame not the horsepower. #2. its batteries will have to be recycled - and do more enviromental damage then it saves in gas. #3. A diesel and stick shift get way better gas mileage in the real world on the highway - and that's where most people actually drive long distances.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        BS that batteries do more damage to the enviroment. That is a urban legend that cant be proven. In fact, its a flat out lie.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I dont think adding just a couple batteries for a mild hybrid would add like 500lbs, it might be at the most 3700lbs. Agree with 2 and 3.
      Johnny Ng
      • 2 Years Ago
      What an epic failure of a car this seems to be. BMW really just added an electric motor and called it a hybrid. A weak and lame attempt. But of course it will sell because it has the BMW badge on the hood. People pay top dollar for a badge that really means nothing these days. It's pretty sad how BMW, which claims to have decades of motorsport experience, has their cars beat by affordable and better built masterpieces like an Infiniti G37s or Lexus IS350 or the new GS. BMW is just badge these days and nothing more.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Asian dude telling everyone German cars suck and Japanese is better? Am I reading into this too much?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Numbers are way better than a disel version
      Dean Hammond
      • 2 Years Ago
      egad, I just glanced at the photo and momentarily thought I was looking at another Hyundai rip off, then I realized its the real thing...l.....
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        are you kidding get off the Hyundai bandwagon they are the ones ripping everyone else off
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is definitely the sexiest hybrid on the road.
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