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BMW ActiveHybrid 3 goes 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds [videos]

Averages 5.9 L/100km (47.9 mpg UK / 39.8 mpg US)

BMW has released new details about the ActiveHybrid 3.

Designed for eco-friendly driving enthusiasts, the model is distinguished by special badging, matte chrome exhaust tips and satin-finish accents. Customers can also order 18-inch Streamline wheels which have an aerodynamic design for improved efficiency.

Interior changes are limited, but include special door sill plates and an ActiveHybrid badge on the gearshift surround. Unfortunately, the car's battery pack reduces the cargo capacity to 390 liters (13.7 cubic feet) which is 90 liters (3.1 cubic feet) less than the standard model.

Motivation is provided by a 306 PS (225 kW / 302 hp) 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and a 55 PS (40 kW / 54 hp) electric motor. This enables the model to have a combined output of 340 PS (250 kW / 335 hp) which allows the sedan to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds. In terms of efficiency, owners can expect to average 5.9 L/100km (47.9 mpg UK / 39.8 mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.

To get these impressive figures, the ActiveHybrid 3 is equipped with an Eco Pro system which cuts off the petrol engine during coasting at speeds up to 160 km/h (100 mph). Additionally, the model can travel on electricity alone for up to 4 km (2.5 miles) at speeds up to 75 km/h (46 mph).

Check out the press release for additional information

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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Comments (6)

 Aesthetics Aesthetics
the way to really make hybrid attractive is to have the engine driving rear wheel or front wheel and the hybrid system the opposite end..i would do a front engine, rear box, rear drive car with a hybrid system at the front with two motors for some yaw control...sort of like how ferrari control their front wheels on the ff with clutches...a good example is the e-tron race car by audi
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July 11, 2012 4:32 am
 DTM DTM
I really understand this car. I think BMW realize that efficient motoring shouldn't just be presented as a cold salad (think Prius) but rather as a balanced meal with salad and a juicy steak.
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July 10, 2012 5:22 pm
 SouthAfrica SouthAfrica
Wait till it incorporate Prius technology bn some germanship that comes usually with BMW cars traditionaly,we will have great cars in the future
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July 10, 2012 6:14 am
 LBento LBento
This car is made so avoid congestion charges and taxes in some countries, because it is a "hybrid". But 4km of range, really? I guess it has 2 AA batteries so it makes it an hybrid :D
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July 10, 2012 5:32 am