Spy Shots: BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid Goes For Another Testing Session

BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid

Our spy photographers have yet again captured the 3 Series Hybrid out in the wild – this time, with even less camo on. The recharging door just aft of the driver-side front tire is clearly visible. Even with the missing camo, the 3 still sports its “Hybrid Test Vehicle” sticker on the driver’s door; eliminating all doubt of this car’s future green intentions.

Like we said before , not much is know about the hybrid system that BMW is employing here, but our best guess is something similar to what the X5 eDrive was testing with: a turbocharged four-cylinder paired to a 95-horsepower electric motor and advanced Li-ion battery pack. In the X5 application , the combo was good for a 0 to 60 time of less than seven seconds. An all-electric range of roughly 20 miles and a reported average of 62 mph combined when both systems worked simultaneously.

The 3 Series Hybrid would likely outperform its SUV brethren, as its lighter weight and lower center of gravity would help it achieve better fuel consumption numbers and better times around a track.

With all these pictures surfacing, it’s highly likely that BMW will bring a hybrid model to its wildly popular 3 Series lineup. Only time will tell, however. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for all the latest spy photos and info as it becomes available.

Spy shots

BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid
BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid
BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid

Nothing new to report here, except that the camo is all gone and the charging door is clearly visible. This assures us that the plug-in 3er is definitely on its way...

2014 BMW 3 Series

BMW 3 Series Sedan

The 3 Series has long been a benchmark in the automotive world for hitting the sweet spot of performance luxury in a four-door saloon. The 3’s broad range of cars takes the 3 Series from well-balanced, moderately-powered four-door car to wildly and outrageously-fun track monster that is the M3.

Prices range from $32,750 for the standard 320i up to $45,400 for the 335i xDrive. Jumping to the M-lineup of 3 Series puts you in another league of cars altogether as an M3 will set you back roughly $60,000.


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