Rumor: BMW 335d phased out in U.S. in favor of ActiveHybrid 3

Rumors | February 9th, 2012 by 18
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See official comment from BMWNA below Rumor of the day comes from Auto123 magazine which reports on BMW’s plans to phase out the 335d model …

See official comment from BMWNA below

Rumor of the day comes from Auto123 magazine which reports on BMW’s plans to phase out the 335d model for the U.S. market. According to the Canadian magazine that doesn’t quote any official sources, the only diesel 3 Series for the North American market will be replaced by the new ActiveHybrid 3.

BMW’s first 50-state-legal diesel delivers 265 hp at 4220 rpm, and an all too fun 425 lb-ft of torque between 1750 and 2250 rpm. Driving through a six-speed automatic transmission, this engine propels the 335d from 0 to 60 mph in 6.0 sec while delivering 23 mpg city and 36 mpg on the highway. Or in other words, a combination of impressive performance and fuel consumption.

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The alleged successor, ActiveHybrid 3, uses the N55 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.

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

Estimated fuel consumption for the 3 Series hybrid is 37 MPG.

We reached out to BMW for an official statement, stay tuned!

Update: A BMWNA spokesperson says the 335d is out production and there will be no diesel 3 Series in calendar year 2012. BMW is not ready at this stage to announce future diesel plans, but the company says BMW Advanced Diesels have been big success in the U.S. and BMW is definitely planning future diesel models.

[Source: Auto123 ]

18 responses to “Rumor: BMW 335d phased out in U.S. in favor of ActiveHybrid 3”

  1. Anonymous says:

    bad idea.  bmw’s efforts with hybrids thus far have sucked majorly.  

  2. Xandonia says:

    doesn’t make much sense, VW Group is pushing it’s diesels here. BMW make the best disel engines, they should be marketing those engines better.

  3. AL says:

    That is the only car in the current lineup, except for the M3/M5, that I would consider owning!

    My LAST three cars have been BMW’s and I love them all, but I will not buy a turbo 4 engined car!
    I was planning on a diesel 335d next year, but looks like those plans are kaput!

  4. gtobynj says:

    I have owned many cars including an e39 M5 and an e46 M3.  My current car is the 335d and without a doubt is the best car I have ever owned – and the 36mpg highway is a very conservative estimate as I have had returned over 39mpg on a tank where 90% of it was burned on the highway traveling at (5th amendment) mph on cruise control.

    Love the car, though it’s weakest point is the auto gearbox which still seems to be programmed for the gas engine rather than to take advantage of the blistering torque low down in the rev range – flip it to the manumatic mode and short shift under 3k rpm and the acceleration is outrageous well up to speeds where cops stop writing tickets and just shoot you instead!

    Please, please, please (etc.) BMW USA bring this car to the USA in it’s next iteration with that wonderful 8 speed box programmed to use the torque to the fullest extent!

  5. Snogger says:

    unless this is quickly followed by a statement about the M550d touring an sedan coming over, all I have to say is BOOOOO BMW!

  6. BMWED says:

    Thanks to the bio-diesel boo-boo (God that took more restrain than I thought I had capable), BMW is facing the reality of the state control of energy production.  No diesel fuel – no diesel engines.  Regardless of all of the well-known, obvious strengths and benefits.  Too much freedom in a full tank of diesel.  We must be hooked up to an electric power grid.  Powered by whirligigs.

    Yep, I own a 335d – and it is the best vehicle I have ever had the privilege of driving. 

    Since most of you will never have the experience, I extend my heartfelt grief for you.

  7. Mose121 says:

    It wasn’t phased out in favor of anything, the e90 335d is just at the end of production.  An F30 diesel will be here in the next year or two following the initial launch of the F30 X drives in the fall.  Probably around the same time the M3 is released.   

  8. John Mee says:

    I cannot understand the 335D voted to best diesel car for 2011 and with the new 3 series NO diesel this is beyond comprehension why BMW would consider dropping the diesel engined 3 series, with the 8 speed box it would truly be wonderful. Please BMW re-think your plans to include the diesel model.


  9. Nchandha says:

    I’ve joined the club! Been driving 335d for a few months and what I have to say is it’s the funnest car to drive in my life. I agree that the downside is there’s no manual gear option so we feel like its full power is suppressed. The direction of BMW is to go for EV which I think it’s bad move but I guess they just have no choice. The fossil fuel will be scarce and very expensive in the near future so we will need to rely on energy from other sources. May be eventually they’ll be able to build high performance, longer range, and low charging time EV cars but, in the meantime, I’ll be enjoying my 335d.

  10. Jake Blanton says:

    Yep, no 335d in the US for 2012… I found a 2011 model that was still on the lot with no miles on it and I bought it the other day… My S.O. says that she likes the 2011 model better anyway… On the way from the dealership to home (about 70 miles), I averaged 40 mpg at around 75 mph…

  11. Joe Bob says:

    They pretty much had to phase it out. The new 328i gets about the same gas mileage, similar performance numbers for about $8000 less. Unless they decide to bring their 4 cylinder diesel to the US, you wonder if we will see a 3 series diesel for a while.

  12. Landev says:

    I bought one of these beauties for the wife a few months ago… it had 9200 miles on it… and all the nice trimmings. She’s opted for a divorce, so I keep the car. It really helped take the sting outta divorce!

    This is indeed one of the most fun cars I’ve ever driven, though it has some frightening get up and go. I passed a semi with a pup trailer that was doing ~ 50 mph on the way to work last week. By the time I got around it, I was surprised to look at the speedo and see that I had gotten up to 130 mph in that short maneuver. It’s just an amazing machine!

    BTW, Beaverton, OR to Deary, ID averaged 43 MPG.

    • Mike says:

      Awesome! Great car, I am averaging 40+ also. Crazy fast!! I found a 2013 with 1249 miles on it. Great deal at 34K, originally 63K!!

  13. danwat1234 says:

    The reason why there probably won’t be a TDI Hybrid is because there is not much of an MPG advantage of a 2.0L TDI hybrid vs a 2.0 Atkinson cycle gas hybrid.
    Diesel engines cost more to produce, including the exhaust treatment systems.
    Take for instance the 2011 BMW 335D diesel sedan. It uses a 3.0L diesel yet according to fuelly it only gets about 30.7MPG average between city/hwy driving. So size matters. The only way for a TDI hybrid to happen in the US is if they used a tiny diesel, like a 1.2 or 1.4L diesel. Then and only then would it be a competitor to the Prius.
    But they won’t do that because Americans will think it’s slow even thought the electric motor will make up for the low acceleration of the 1.2L TDI itself.
    And, with HCCI gas engines, hybrid gas cars will pull way ahead of diesels.

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