Spy Photos: 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3

Spy Photos | September 30th, 2011 by 10
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In early 2013, BMW will bring to market the first hybrid version of the popular 3 Series model. BMW ActiveHybrid 3 will debut next year …

In early 2013, BMW will bring to market the first hybrid version of the popular 3 Series model. BMW ActiveHybrid 3 will debut next year in a concept form, similar to the 5 Series Hybrid which made an early appearance before going into production.

First test mules are starting to be spotted around Munich and at the famous Nurburgring race track and to differentiate themselves from the “regular” 3 Series prototypes, the 3er hybrids feature the mandatory hybrid stickers on windows or rear bumper. Hybrid stickers are a must in Germany during testing because if the car happened to get into an accident, the police and medical crew need to be aware of the dangers of electric power.

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The rumormill churns out that the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 will use a 3.0 liter six-cylinder turbocharged TwinPower engine aided by an electrical engine to deliver an additional 40 kW (about 53 horsepower). No other details are known at the moment, but we expect a similar hybrid technology as 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.

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).

We expect a world unveiling of the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

[Photos: TopSpeed ]

10 responses to “Spy Photos: 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3”

  1. La Ma says:

    an another useless hybrid ?  Hybrids are supposed to be fuel misers.  If they put a 6 cyl turbo engine with it, then it will not be a hybrid fuel miser, but rather a nose heavy hot rod car. The X6 hybrid was just like that. Fuel mileage was horrible, the truck ran like a crazy elephant, and yes it weighed as much as an elephant.
    Handling was off and value was down, price up. It was a shortest lived model ever.

    for a hybrid 3, the new 2.0 Turbo engine would be a perfect choice.  Better yet, put a hybrid battery power train into  a 3 series 2.0ED diesel (Efficient dynamics) . That car gets 62mpg already, so with a hybrid battery system it would be able to reach something super high mpg figures (80 ? 85 ?)

    If I buy a hybrid, I want to see 50-60-70mpg figures, not a better 0-60 times. There is a different kind of car for that.  A Hybrid handles bad as the added weight makes it a pig.

    • Giom says:

      I agree. However, this hybrid technology is in its infancy stage at present. They have to develop it while generating income – I’m sure it’s quite expensive. So, I’m prepared to live with them (not that I’ll ever buy one), to see where it’ll end up. Give them the benefit of the doubt, so to speak.

  2. Efoza says:

    I can’t wait for a 5 GT hybrid. The GT is by far the best of the current BMW models by far.

    • La Ma says:

      the 5GT ?  The biggest failure you mean ?  It will be soon discontinued. Not only its ugly and stupid, nobody is  buying it.  Worst design from the new team. It looks like bungle’s bastard child.

      The 3GT project got killed after the 5GT’s failure.  The wagons are coming back to the states, as even less  people liked the 5GT then the wagons.
      If BMW would bring the good and smart wagons, it would sell. But they imported ONLY AWD 5 series E60 wagons… why ?
      The 3 series was only available with the smallest engine… why ?   Give me a 525d or 520d and RWD with the 8spd auto and I’m signing a lease/purchase agreement.

      I need a large wagon, currently have the E39 but its a bit too small for the stuff I carry with the kids.
      E60 is ugly and only AWD, thanks but no thanks.  The E46 I love but even smaller then E39.

      • Giom says:

        The 5GT isn’t a failure, sorry to dissapoint you La Ma. They sold more than they expected and they hit the nail on the head with the concept. Like I’ve said many times before, the 5GT wasn’t designed for the masses. It’s a niche model that cateres for a very specific group of ppl. Grant it, it didn’t do as expected in the US, but that doesn’t make it a failure.

        Sorry to dissappoint you further. The 3GT has not been cancelled. It’s out there being driven and tested at the moment.

        Remember, La Ma, BMW doesn’t think of you alone when they produce cars. There are other people on this planet too. We’re all different. Efoza, I and thousends of 5GT buyers are alowed to love the GT. So, back off with your opinionated hate talk.

      • wazon says:

        Failure? And strangely enough, other car makers are going to introduce their own rivals to it. Perhaps, it’s not the failure after all?

        • La Ma says:

           no, the 5GT was a bad copy of the CLS.  Most everybody copied the CLS , except BMW failed to create something pleasing.

          5GT is cancelled. 3GT will be cancelled too if not then it will definietly not coming to the US.
          The design of the 5GT and 3GT is very awkward, makes it rear heavy and ugly.  Have yet to hear a single person in life who actually liked it.
          Sure I read about it but its still ugly on the outside. Inside looks good though. Driving one is also disappointment, most testers compared them to a MB or Volvo. Nothing about BMW’s precise handling and sportiness. More of a limo then a sport sedan/hatch.

          it sits between the sedan and wagon. Not big and useful as a wagon but larger and uglier then the sedan. Pointless exercise and I’m not alone with this.

          Sure, Enjoy the car but don’t try and tell me its pretty. Its not. 

          • Giom says:

            A guy in denial. How can you argue with someone that accepts his opinion as fact!?

            Huge FAIL!

          • wazon says:

            5GT was never supposed to have anything to do with CLS. Only stupid journalists wrote about it as if it was CLS’ rival. The question is how do they manage to overlook the size difference? As Giom has said, you need to understand that people look for different things in cars and only those car makers that understand this are able to survive in modern world. If BMW was under your rule, most likely it would be close to bancrupcy due to not adressing customers needs. 5GT was also never supposed to be sales booster, it was designed as a niche car, but it’s still profitable – profitable to the point that other car makers want to exploit this niche either. Do you need anything more as the confirmation of 5GT’s success? As for handling of 5GT it’s really good considering its 7-er size and height. I know few people who love this car both in terms of sporty driving and utility. As for aesthethics, it’s pointless to exchange opinions: I like front end and side line of 5GT and am indifferent to its rear end. As for size, I’m not sure whether you’ve seen the car. It sits between which sedan and wagon? Surely, not 5-er, since the car is as large as 7-er is, but there is no 7-er wagon. Its trunk space is slightly greater than the trunk space of 5-er wagon, it’s much more roomier inside due to having longer and wider platform, it’s really practical thanks to hatchbakc-like trunk. This car is perfect crusier for 4 people of 7-er size, which cheaper than the last one. 
            BTW, I would never buy the car like this, but I understand its point and I totally disagree with your logic. Following it, not many cars would deserve to be produced. 

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