BMW ActiveHybrid 3 revealed, 0-100km/h in 5.3 seconds

July 10, 2012

BMW has revealed the new BMW ActiveHybrid 3. This is the hybrid version of the new 3 Series. Don’t for a moment think that it’s a fuel-sipping slow coach though.

With acceleration from 0-100km/h coming up in just 5.3 seconds, it’s actually the quickest 3 Series this side of the M3 (4.9 seconds). Power comes from the company’s 3.0-litre TwinPower turbo inline six, also seen in the 335i, while an electric motor provides additional propulsion.

The 3.0-litre engine produces 225kW while the electric motor system adds 40kW. The official combined output rating is 250kW, also making it the most powerful 3 Series this side of the M3.

Despite being super-quick off the mark, the ActiveHybrid 3 offers a combine fuel economy rating of just 5.9L/100km. Going further than that, you can use no fuel at all in an all-electric mode for speeds up to 75km/h, for a range of four kilometres.

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Like many hybrid vehicles, the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 has a number of driving modes you can select from. The highlight among which is the ECO PRO mode. This is the most fuel-efficient mode, capable of disconnecting the petrol engine from the drivetrain during coasting to further conserve fuel when it is not needed.

In Australia, the BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is set to arrive towards the end of this year, with a more official launch during the start of 2013.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.