Bound latest generation BMW 3 Series gets a hybrid version

Lloyd Doyle
November 16, 2018

BMW has lifted the covers from its second generation 330e, announcing its newest plug-in hybrid to the masses. The electric motor, integrated into the eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, produces a constant 50 kW (68 hp) but, more importantly, generates peak output of 80 kW (109 hp). Packing a bigger battery and ability to deliver more power to the wheels, the electrified version of BMW's G20 3 Series is a hybrid sedan that you'll actually want to drive.

BMW says the set-up delivers a combined output of 249bhp and 310lb ft of torque.

Though this number is only an additional four ponies over its previous iteration, the Germans also made a decision to include a new feature which they call XtraBoost.

Thanks to all this state-of-the-art technology, the new BMW 330e Saloon can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 6.0 seconds and can go on to a top speed of 235km/h.

The plug-in hybrid has a quoted combined fuel economy of 138mph, with Carbon dioxide emissions of 39g/km, which BMW says makes it 10% more efficient than the previous model.


The auto can also be fitted with Adaptive M suspension including Variable Sports Steering and an M sports brake system.

A cool new addition to the new 330e is the standard-fit XtraBoost function - an on-demand performance system that increases power output of the plug-in hybrid drive from 188kW by 30kW at the touch of a button.

The lithium-ion battery pack features a 12 kWh capacity and is mounted underneath the seats, while the fuel tank rests above the rear axle. The automaker will offer four different trims level (Advantage, Sport Line, Luxury Line, and M Sport) with the optional upgrade of various BMW M bits, including Adaptive M suspension and M Sport brakes.

Features unique to the 330e are the standard interior pre-heating and air-con pre-conditioning as well as new digital services to be prepared in time for the car's market launch in the summer.

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