» 2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Information

2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Information

2015 BMW ActiveHybrid 3 Information

Still one of the best sports sedans on the market, the BMW 3 Series continues into the 2015 model year with only a few changes in features, such as Bluetooth audio streaming, which comes standard. With a variety of powertrains and body styles, the BMW 3 Series offers stylish design, the latest in-car technology and best-in-class driving dynamics. A dizzying number of models comprise the 2015 BMW 3 Series lineup. Sedans are available in gasoline and diesel variants, most with a choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive. There's the entry-level BMW 320i, powered by a 2. 0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine; the popular BMW 328i and BMW 328i xDrive, with a more powerful version of the same engine; the exhilarating BMW 335i, with a turbocharged 3. 0-liter inline-6 that makes 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, and the efficient BMW 328d and BMW 328d xDrive diesel sedans, which use 2. 0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine that makes 180 horsepower and 280 pound feet of torque, the latter available at just 1750 rpm. Sports Wagon body styles offer more space than the sedan, with car-like performance and maneuverability. They're available only with turbocharged four-cylinder engines, powered by either gasoline (328i xDrive) or diesel (328d xDrive). As the xDrive model name suggests, Sports Wagons come only with all-wheel drive. Cargo space in the wagon is plentiful at 17. 5 cubic feet with the rear seats in place, enough for two large suitcases and multiple small carry-ons. The 2015 BMW 3 Series GranTurismo is the roomiest of the bunch, with a more upright shape compared to the wagon. It's available in BMW 328i xDrive and BMW 335i xDrive variants (gasoline only) and comes exclusively with all-wheel drive. The GranTurismo offers nearly 3 inches more rear legroom than either the sedan and wagon, and boasts 18. 3 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in place. As before, 3 Series models are available in different lines, including Luxury, Sport and M Sport, each with its own unique exterior and interior trim. The different
available on the sedans also have unique features on the inside. Each line lends the 3 series its own character, from warm and modern to cool and athletic. Refined handling and BMW's classic 50/50 weight distribution make all 3 Series cars a joy to drive. With the switch of a drive mode, any variant can go from comfortable daily driver to racy canyon carver.


Engine, transmission, steering and brakes work in harmony. The 328 gasoline engine is perfectly suited to everyday driving, while the BMW 328d diesel engine excels when it comes to long-range efficiency. The BMW 335i is the most fun, however, with its powerful engine and plentiful torque. The 2015 BMW 3 Series sedan remains the benchmark among luxury sport compact cars such as the Audi A3, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q50, Lexus IS and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Though all offer similar dimensions and features, none can quite match the weight balance and performance-oriented dynamics of the BMW. Sports Wagons have fewer competitors, and include the Audi Allroad, as well as the smaller Audi A3 sportback, which are both also available with a diesel TDI engine. Volvo Like all the German carmakers, BMW has a preference for diesel power over hybrids in the search for improved fuel efficiency. But Americaa pretty huge market, as you may have noticedis crazy for gas-electrics, as are parts of Asia, so the Bavarians have spun off hybrid versions of their mainstream sedans. The ActiveHybrid 3or 3-series hybrid to those who prefer nomenclature thats not fairly dripping with marketing goouses BMWs 300-hp, 3. 0-liter turbocharged six, coupled to a ZF eight-speed automatic in which the torque converter has been replaced by a 55-hp electric motor. Add a clutch between the electric motor and internal-combustion engine, and you have all the go bits. Its the same gasoline-electric system in the, and it is also being adopted for the. Batteries Included Power for the electric motor comes from a 1. 3-kWh lithium-ion battery pack made from 96 cylindrical cells from supplier A123 Systems; the stack is mounted below the trunk floor. The 317-volt battery, which weighs 101 pounds with its internal cooling apparatus, can also power the electric air-conditioning compressor. Feeding juice into the battery pack is the work of the electric motor, which acts as a generator during braking and coasting. A pair of conventional 12-volt batteries is aboard. One is devoted to energizing the engine starter, the other to various other electrical systems that include the electric power steering and the brakes. The gasoline engine and the electric motor produce a combined output of 335 ponies, as well as 332 lb-ft of torque35 and 32 more than developed by the conventionally powered 335i. However, the hybrids hardware puts it 298 pounds above the weight of a 335i sedan, and the green-leaning cars final-drive ratio has been lengthened from 3. 15 to 2. 81 in search of fuel economy.


Not Slowbut Not Terribly Efficient, Either As a result, we estimate the 3-series hybrid will hustle to 60 in five seconds flatnot slow by any means, but 0. 1 second off BMWs own claim for a 2013 335i automatic. (The 2013 335i auto will be recalibrated for less torque interruption during shifts compared with the 2012. We also typically find BMW acceleration estimates to be conservative. ) At 33 mpg, highway fuel economy is unchanged from our benchmark 335i automatic, but city mpg climbs up two to 25. A 328i can achieve as high as 23/34. Were curious to see what we measure in real-world driving with the hybrid. BMW might have built a reputation as the purveyor of the Ultimate Driving Machine, but lately the company is venturing far afield into other areas. Case in point: Say you want an efficient 3-series. The s turbocharged four returns an EPA-estimated 33 mpg on the highway. The recently announced, with a detuned version of the same engine, gets 36 by the governments estimate. Or theres the forthcoming, with a 40-mpg diesel four-cylinder. But what a bunch of snoozers, right? Notice the ActiveHybrid 3 tumbling from the blunderbuss, packing the same 300-hp, 300-lb-ft turbocharged inline-six as the. Behind that is an eight-speed automatic in which the role of torque converter is played by a 55-hp electric motor making 155 lb-ft of torque. Maximum combined output is 335 hp and 330 lb-ft. A 1. 3-kilowatt-hour battery pack lives under the trunk floor. Anddrumroll, pleaseit nabs an EPA highway estimate of33 mpg. Do we hear crickets? So Its a More Powerful 335i? Thats Pretty Neat Okay, so the ActiveHybrid 3 is one of those performance hybrids. Right? Not so fast. More power does not make the hybrid 3-series quicker, for three primary reasons: The hybrid gear makes it about 300 pounds heavier, the ActiveHybrid has skinnier rear tires (225s compared with the 335is 255s), and it gets a taller final-drive ratio than other 3-series. The ActiveHybrids 5. 0-second 0-to-60 time is 0. 4 second slower than the last 335is we tested, and its 13. 5-second quarter-mile is 0. 2 behind the nonhybrid cars. Compared with most other hybridsand most other cars, periodthose times are better by light-years and epochs, respectively.


And no full-throttle run accompanied by the smooth wail of a BMW inline-six is ever going to leave anybody wanting. But the hybridization slows the proceedings a bit away from the track, too. Throttle tip-in from a stop is lazier than a 335is because the car is hoping youll be satisfied with electric propulsion. When your foot makes it clear that youre not, the engine fires up and the car scoots away with appropriate alacrity. The delay is less noticeable when the engine shuts down at higher speeds (itll go silent at up to 100 mph, disconnected by a clutch between the motor and engine), but theres still a hitch in the accelerator travel. We kept wondering who on earth wants a 335i that drives a bit like a Prius. We Hope to Never Again Say like a Prius in a BMW Review It is only a little bit like a Prius, though, because its still a 335i. Its an extremely well-balanced sports sedan with reflexes only recently surpassed by competitors such as the. Sure, the ActiveHybrids power steering is electric, but so, too, is the steering in all 3-series (as well as the upcoming 4-series). So theres the same vestige of feel until you really start chasing thrills, at which point the line goes dead. But overall, its a chassis that only disappoints in direct comparison to the best of its competitors. And the brakes, often a tactility concern with hybrids, do an incredible job of hiding the transition from spinning an electric motor for regenerative braking to pinching a rotating disc between metallic pads. Still, though, this 3 doesnt make any sense to us. At a base price of $50,575, its $4500 more than a 335i. If youre concerned about the environment, the has a program that allows you to adopt various species for $50 a pop. Forty-five hundred bucks is a lot of and. Of course, our test car, loaded up with five packages and a handful of stand-alone options, ballooned to $61,800, at which point youre in outgoing. Not that anyone considering a hybrid 3-series deserves M3 ownership. For the extra $4500 over a 335i, then, you get a whole two more mpg in the EPA city cycle than what a 335i or 328i gets, and not a foot per gallon more on the highway. BMW could do better, and in fact, it already has. The car is called a 335i, and its all the good of the ActiveHybrid 3 with no added fat.

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