The BMW ActiveHybrid 3. Photo courtesy of BMW USA.

BMW leaps full force into hybrid competition with the ActiveHybrid 3

Hybrid vehicles are the not the long suit of the company known for the Ultimate Driving Machine, but with the all-new ActiveHyrbrid 3 following on the heels of the ActiveHybrid 5 a new dimension has been entered by Bavarian Motor Works and the world will never be the same again.

The all-new BMW ActiveHybrid 3 brings cutting-edge hybrid technology to the quintessential sport sedan for a new take on The Ultimate Driving Machine.

The ActiveHybrid 3 couples BMW’s TwinPower Turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder to 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission plus an electric motor fed by a high-voltage battery to produce 335 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque. Brilliant!

In addition to boosting the internal combustion engine, the electric motor is capable of indepently powering the ActiveHybrid 3 with zero emissions at speeds up to 45 mph for distances up to 2.5 miles – as far as most of those forgotten item or depleted necessity jaunts we all make from time to time.

This remarkable new 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 will arrive in US showrooms this fall at a base price of $50,195 including destination charges.

An Electric motor and eight-speed transmission in the same component

BMW expands access to its intelligent hybrid drive technology with this ActiveHybrid production model. It still has front-engine and rear-wheel drive configuration just like a classic sports sedan, but now with an electric motor andeight-speed Steptronic tranny that power the vehicle.

The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 uses a lithium-ion high-voltage battery placed beneath the luggage compartment, adding precisely controlled and superbly efficient fuel economy.

The ultimate result is bringing the benefits and power of parallel hybrid technology to bear on the vehicles the world has come to love and covet.

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