BMW introduces plug-in hybrid 3 series for 2021

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BMW has expanded its 3 Series model line with the addition of two plug-in hybrid models – the 330e and 330e xDrive. Equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder 2-liter, an e-motor and a high-voltage battery pack, the 330e was designed to improve on the performance of the 3 Series.

The 2.0 TwinPower Turbo engine develops 183ps between 3,800 and 6,500rpm and 349Nm of torque between 1,450 and 3,600rpm. BMW’s electric traction motor complements this with the addition of 200ps at 3,170rpm and 104Nm of torque up to 3,140rpm.

A high-voltage 12kWh gross lithium-ion battery module underneath the rear seats provides the storage capacity for electric-only and performance-oriented driving. The estimated EPA pure electric range for the BMW 330e Sedan is 35km.

A brand-new feature in the new BMW 330e and 330e xDrive Sedans is XtraBoost, which enhances power and performance when the accelerator is depressed to the kick down position. Available in Sport mode, XtraBoost offers an immediate 40ps power increase for up to 10 seconds.

The BMW 330e Sedan’s electrified drivetrain allows it to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 5.6 seconds. Both models feature an electronically limited top speed of 210km/h when equipped with all-season tires. Fitted with summer performance tires, the 330e Sedan will reach a top speed of 225km/h.

The new BMW 330e and 330e xDrive Sedans are equipped with a standard 8-speed Sport Steptronic transmission. The latest version of this quick-shifting sport automatic transmission features a new, optimized hydraulic control system and shorter gearing for improved response and acceleration.

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