BMW's $50k ActiveHybrid 3 Gets Official
July 9, 2012 10:48 AM
Hybrid has a 2.5 mile all-electric range
BMW has announced its ActiveHybrid 3 compact sedan that uses a turbocharged combustion engine combined with hybrid components. BMW promises a total system output of 340 HP from the TwinPower Turbo technology that works along with an eight-speed automatic hybrid transmission and intelligent energy management system.
The car can operate on electric power alone at speeds of up to 46 mph and has a scant 2.5 mile all-electric driving range. The short electric driving range makes a bit more sense when we consider that this is a performance car capable of going from 0 to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds.
The combustion engine is the same 306 HP in-line six-cylinder engine using dual turbochargers that most car enthusiasts are already familiar with in a plethora of BMW models. The electric motor generates another 55 HP on its own and gets power from a high-voltage, lithium-ion battery that is located under the luggage area of the vehicle.
Both the combustion engine and the electric drivetrain send power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid construction of the transmission allows the vehicle operate on electricity alone when driving in the city or when coasting. The special transmission allows the vehicle to fully decouple the combustion engine while coasting at speeds of up to 100 mph using Eco Pro mode. The car also uses a hybrid start-stop function.
The car can be optioned with 18-inch Streamline light-alloy wheels for more aerodynamic efficiency and BMW offers all 3-series packages on the vehicle including Sport, Modern, and Luxury lines (the ActiveHybrid 3 can also be fitted with BMWs M Sport package.).
The ActiveHybrid 3 will have special badges on the outside and under the hood the set it apart from standard versions of the car. Overall fuel economy is rated at 47.9 mpg on the European Cycle – U.S. EPA figures have not yet been announced.
The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 will be priced from $50,195 when it launches in the U.S. this fall.
BMW and Toyota recently
a joint effort to develop hybrid cars.
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