NAIAS: BMW ActiveHybrid 3, 335i "Lines"

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth
naias bmw activehybrid 3 335i lines

The new 3! All new! And it looks like it finally has some decent brakes. About three and a half inches longer, it’s also now finally available in [s]Audi “Atmospheres”[/s] the Sportline / Luxuryline / Modernline trim levels that BMW has used, in one fashion or another, in Europe for Averylongtime.

Engine choices are what we expected, more or less: the two-liter four-cylinder turbo for the Increasingly Inaccurately Named Three Twenty eight Eye, a 306-horsepower revised turbo six for the 335i, and the ActiveHybrid. 335 horsepower was the number I heard during the press preview, along with 37mpg. It’s a tempting combo, for sure, and it underlines the previous BMW strategy undertaken with the X6 of making the hybrid a big power ride.

The new 3 is aggressive-looking and I’m pretty sure I saw (and photographed) some non-sliding-caliper brakes on the 335i. That’s a good sign for those of us who want to track these cars. Transmission choices are six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic for the non-hybrids, but the press conference was vague about the hybrid transmission.

Also at the show: the i8 from Mission:Impossible. As a concept car, it is certainly shiny.

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  • W.Minter W.Minter on Jan 10, 2012

    Correct my if I'm wrong: the F30 hybrid powertrain is similar to the F10's, audi a6, q5 & vw - ZF 8 speed auto, Li-ion, starter generator (= motor) instead of torque converter. Fits in FWD, RWD and AWD layouts.

  • Bandagraph Bandagraph on Jan 10, 2012

    Bring us the 1 series hatch. I was just in London and I'm in love with it. 1 series M Hatchback could be the return of the S54 M coupe....which about 5 people would buy.

  • Kcflyer How about, "Fancy VW"?
  • Kcflyer Would be very interested, despite the 4 banger, if not for the direct injection garbage.
  • Wayne back in 55 when I was 10 Grandpa started with 'back her out' of the garage, then on day he crawls into the passenger side and say's take her to the post office. teach them early as you can
  • 28-Cars-Later Another: How does Stellantis plan to leverage the EV experience of PSA and Opel (?) against the former FCA operation?
  • Ltcmgm78 We bought a 2017 Volt when it came off lease. What a great car! Cost us $18,000 to buy. We put gas in it a couple of times a year. GM blew it with this car as they have done with others. No buyer education. This should have been the bridge car between pure ICE vehicles and pure battery vehicles. No range anxiety at all. And ours still gets 44 mpg running the gas "generator" to power the electric motor. We love it and wish a new model would return to market.