The next piece of the BMW 3 Series puzzle has been revealed, with the plug-in hybrid 330e unveiled today ahead of its LA Motor Show reveal. And in good news for eco-conscious buyers, the new 330e variant will go faster and for longer than the model it replaces.
The oomph is courtesy of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, good for 135kW, paired with an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed transmission which will generate a bonus 50kW. All up, BMW is claiming total outputs of 185kW and 420Nm, allowing for a sprint to 100km/h of just 6.0 seconds and a flying top speed of 230km/h. In hybrid mode, the 330e will push to 110km/h on battery power alone, while in full EV mode, it can hit 140km/h.
But thanks to BMW’s first standard XtraBoost system, the electric motor can pump out an extra 30kW for short bursts. The XtraBoost function is engaged by selecting Sport, temporarily unlocking the extra urgency, most critically for the flat-footed sprint to 100km/h or overtaking manoeuvres.
A 12kWh lithium-ion battery pack under the rear seats is responsible for storing the power, and the new high-voltage tech at play is what has unlocked the 50 per cent extra EV range. BMW says the battery’s location means luggage space impact is minimal, with 375 litres on offer with the rear seats in place.
The 330e joins the rest of the 3 Series range unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. The petrol-powered range commences with the 320i, steps up to the 330i and tops out with the M340i xDrive. Internationally, a 318d and 320d round out the diesel family.
The 330e will launch internationally around the middle of 2019.
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