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The German based automaker BMW has finally released more details about its new ActiveHybrid 3, the D-segment sedan which should make driving a lot more fun, using less fuel on the way.

After presenting online just last Friday the new generation of the 3-Series, BMW is once again keeping the front pages by announcing more details about its ActiveHybrid 3, which is expected to go on sale in late 2012.

According to the German based automaker, the ActiveHybrid 3 is using the same petrol engine as the 2012 335i, the N55 six-cylinder TwinPower Turbo unit which is developing 300 horsepower, along with an electric motor that makes 55 HP, to a total of 335 HP. That’s not a miscalculation because in BMW terms 300 plus 55 equals 335 and 330 lb-ft of torque.

BMW says that one of the most expected versions of the new 3-Series, the ActiveHybrid 3, has an average fuel consumption of less than 6.4 liters every 100 km, in EU test cycle, while in mpg, that number is translated to 36.7.

The ecologists who feel the need to push things beyond the limit can say that the D-segment sedan can travel 3 or 4 kilometers in full electric mode if the top speed is below 60 km/h and the acceleration is not pushed down violently.

The new BMW ActiveHybrid 3 is expected to make its world debut at the next year’s Geneva Motor Show and the vehicle will hit the European showrooms in late 2012.