One of BMW’s hybrid vehicle models for this year has made its debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and the company dubbed this as the 2013 BMW ActiveHybrid 3. This vehicle was basically a hybrid car that was built to provide the best running performance as without the need to consume greater amounts of gasoline. Thus, it is quite correct to view the ActiveHybrid 3 as a high performance yet fuel efficient vehicle model.
Based on the information provided by BMW, the ActiveHybrid 3’s high performance is brought about by the 3.0-liter N55 TwinPower turbo in-line 6-cylinder engine that produces a maximum power output of 300 horsepower. This is further boosted by the electric motor installed on the vehicle that serves as its alternative power source. The electric motor provides an additional 55 horsepower and this elevates the ActiveHybrid 3’s power output to 355 horsepower.
Aside from boosting the vehicle’s maximum power output, the electric motor allows the ActiveHybrid 3 to produce an impressive amount of power without increasing its fuel consumption. The reduction of the ActiveHybrid 3’s fuel consumption is made possible by a special mechanism that allows the in-line 6-cylinder to shut off in specific running conditions such as when the vehicle is coasting to a speed of 100 miles per hour. As soon as the engine shuts off, it does not consume any amount of fuel. Due to this, the ActiveHybrid 3 becomes more fuel-efficient as it travels on a speed higher than 100 miles per hour.
When compared to the other vehicles included on the company’s 2013 3-series line-up, the ActiveHybrid 3’s appearance is quite similar to its siblings except for its alloy wheels that were uniquely-designed to reduce vehicle drag. In addition to this, BMW has also installed the ActiveHybrid 3’s battery on its rear load floor to prevent this from occupying the space intended for the car occupants. This set-up also prevents the battery from consuming the space intended for cargoes.