Jul 9, 2012
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 has some impressive numbers, the first hybrid car in the Bavarian Motor Works history. BMW released the first official images and data of its new model.
BMW revolutionizes the idea of middle class hybrid. If until now we consider that hybrids are models built only for a very low fuel consumption, the first full-hybrid 3 Series completely reverses this logic, presenting a car with excellent performance both on the road and on consumption.
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 photo gallery
BMW ActiveHybrid 3
The new 3 Series hybrid version was officially named BMW ActiveHybrid 3. The new model has under the hood the also famous 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that develops 306 horsepower (from the 335i version of the previous generation), but it is supported by an electric motor developing 55 horsepower.
The electrical unit is powered by a lithium-ion battery located beneath the trunk. The drive train is ensured by a 8-speed automatic gearbox that the transmits power developed by the two engines (340 horsepower in full load) to the rear wheels.
The most interesting part is the performance. The new BMW ActiveHybrid 3 manages a performance / consumption report unmatched: 5.3 seconds 0-100 km/h (62 mph) and only 5.9 litres/100 km (47.9 imperial mpg, 39.9 US mpg) in mixed mode environment. Obviously, at the fuel economy figures the Start-Stop system contributes very much.
The German model offers the possibility of driving in full-electric mode if the battery charge level allows it. Thus, BMW ActiveHybrid 3 promises a range of 4 km with a full battery at an average speed of 35 km/h (22 mph), the electric mode can be activated at speeds up to 75 km/h (47).
At the aesthetic level, the model differs from the rest 3 Series versions by a special blue body color, the ActiveHybrid logo found on the rear window pillars and the special 18-inch Streamline rims. The interesting part is that, like all other versions of the 3 Series, the new BMW ActiveHybrid 3 can be personalized with three bodywork lines: Sport, Modern or Luxury, but also through the addition of an M Sport package.
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 via | BMW