BMW has announced its all-new ActiveHybrid 3 model, featuring a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-six mated to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, combined with an electric motor to deliver 335-hp and 332 lb-ft of torque.
For those wondering, the powerplant is the same one found in the 335i, which has won the international “Engine of the Year” award two years in a row. The electric motor on the other hand, has a maximum output of 55-hp and is capable of powering the sedan on pure electric power up to 45-mph and distances up to 2.5 miles (at 20-mph average). And like with all electric motors, it developers its max torque of 155 lb-ft of torque from a standing start.
The electric motor is powered by a lithium-ion high-voltage battery developed specifically for the hybrid 3-Series model, encased in a high-strength housing placed between the wheel arches in the trunk.
Overall, the ActiveHybrid 3 propels itself 0-60 in 5.3 seconds while maintaining a top speed of 155-mph. It features auto start-stop functionality along with selectable driving modes ECO PRO and Coasting.
The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 will head to U.S. showrooms this fall with a starting MSRP of $50,195 including destination and handling.