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Spied: BMW 3-Series Hybrid

Our spy photogs have caught a glimpse of the new BMW 3-Series Hybrid testing around the Nurburgring.

The BMW 3-Series Hybrid has been spotted around the Nurburging doing some testing. The new hybrid 3-Series is still set on production even though the X6 Active Hybrid was axed from the German car company's lineup. Known in-house as the F30, the new model will join the ActiveHybrid7 and the ActiveHybrid5 in BMW's lineup and will eventually be joined by the 1-Series hybrid version.

The car is modeled on the regular 3-Series and even with the slight camo no new details or styling cues have been added or changed from the regular version. Our spy photographers have indicated to us that the stickers on the car represent the hybrid powertrain. If there is an accident rescuers and police will know that there could be added danger due to the use of electric power. We believe the engine in the ActiveHybrid3 will be shared with the one in the ActiveHybrid5 meaning a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine connected to an electrical engine delivering some 40kW.

So, when will the ActiveHybrid3 come? Well, since testing is at full pace with plenty of prototypes of the 3-series with Hybrid stickers, we believe it will arrive the showrooms within a year of when the regular 3-Series begins its sales. Photos: CarPix.

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