2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 details released, gets an estimated 36 mpg

Following the debut of the 2012 BMW 3-Series last Friday, BMW has now released some more details on the new 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 3, which will go on sale in late 2012.

The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is powered by the N55 300-hp 6-clyinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology (that’s the same engine in the 2012 BMW 335i). The engine is mated an 8-speed automatic transmission and an electric-motor that makes 55-hp. Together, the engine and the hybrid system produce 335-hp with a maximum torque of 330 lb-ft.

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Fuel-economy? “This high-powered, high-performance combination nevertheless returns extremely low fuel consumption,” says BMW. “Average consumption in the EU test cycle is less than 6.4 liters per 100 kilometers (36.7 mpg).”

Check out our original post on the 2012 BMW 3-Series.

BMW also says that the electric motor in the ActiveHybrid 3 provides the 6-cylinder engine with supplementary driving power and can provide a boost function when some dynamic performance is required. When it comes to being a fuel-saver, the BMW ActiveHybrid technology also allows the ActiveHybrid 3 to run solely on electric power between 2 to 2.5 miles with a top speed of 37 mph.

While it is a hybrid, BMW says that “drivability is on a par with that of a BMW 335i.”

One of the hybrid we’re actually excited about.

– By: Omar Rana