2012 BMW 3 Series spied in hybrid form

BMW themselves admit that the 5 Series is their bread and butter machine. That said though, the 3 Series isn’t exactly far behind and with an update due to show up very soon in 2012 form Bavarian sales aren’t going to go down soon.

2012 BMW 3 Series Hybrid spyshot

2012 BMW 3 Series Hybrid spyshot

The spyshots we have here aren’t of a “normal” 2012 BMW 3 Series, but of a hybrid version of the small executive car.

The thing is, in somewhat of a BMW tradition, this hybrid 3 Series is very difficult to tell apart from the regular 318 everybody will have.

This is why BMW’s development and testing parties have stuck a nice little sticker on the front doors as well as on the back of this mule.

2012 BMW 3 Series Hybrid spyshot

2012 BMW 3 Series Hybrid spyshot

For the time being absolutely no technical details are available on the 2012 BMW 3 Series’ Hybrid version. While nothing specific has been put on paper, we do know that as a general rule, the 2012 BMW 3 Series Hybrid will be borrowing a lot of tech from its bigger brother.

Since the BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid has drivetrain made up of a 3.0 liter straight-six twin-turbo petrol engine producing 300 horsepower teamed with a ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox and a 54 horsepower electric motor some of that will definitely wash off on the smaller brother.

The 3 liter engine is probably going to be replaced by a 2.0 liter turbocharged four pot but the rest of the setup is most likely not altered.

2012 BMW 3 Series Hybrid spyshot

2012 BMW 3 Series Hybrid spyshot

The future 2012 BMW 3 Series is definitely interesting but on balance I think that an M3 in Touring form will be more interesting.

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