2012 Detroit Auto Show: BMW ActiveHybrid 3

Auto Shows | January 10th, 2012 by 13
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The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 made its North American debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. In early 2013, BMW will bring to market the first …

The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 made its North American debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. In early 2013, BMW will bring to market the first hybrid version of the popular 3 Series model.

Even though not confirmed by BMW, we expect the ActiveHybrid 3 to use a 3.0 liter six-cylinder turbocharged TwinPower engine aided by an electrical engine to deliver an additional 40 kW (about 53 horsepower). The hybrid technology is similar to the one seen in the BMW ActiveHybrid 5. The electric motor in the latter model develops 40 kW/55 hp and is supplied with energy by a high-performance lithium-ion battery integrated into the luggage area.

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To increase efficiency, the lithium-ion high-performance battery is charged when the car is 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.

The innovative hybrid system features a coasting mode (with the engine switched off) active at up to 160 km/h (100 mph).

In our opinion, the ActiveHybrid 3 will become a West Coast customers’ favorite, and a popular car among “green technology” advocates.

13 responses to “2012 Detroit Auto Show: BMW ActiveHybrid 3”

  1. Dezzydevil says:

    Anyone know what color is on the hybrid? Is it the new blue that is going to be available in April?

  2. Ricky Calo says:

    Not a fan of Hybrids, I  really wish BMW would keep pushing its hydrogen technology.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Do not agree with BMW’s hybrid choices.  I hope this version bombs.  The need to bring the 330D and 320D here not a lame hybrid.  

  4. Dezzydevil says:

    Thanks Ricky, It looked more blue then the blue water and I know they are releasing a Metallic Liquid Blue that is available starting April. 

  5. Nnnn says:

    Why would they use the N55 engine in this model?   That will undermine much of the benefit of having a hybrid in the first place.   Surely they’ll just the N20 or its diesel equivalent ?

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