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BMW 3 Series to get three new plug-in hybrids

BMW is expanding its 3 Series plug-in hybrid range to add in three new models; including Touring variants.

Joining the existing 330e Saloon from summer 2020, the Touring will be offered in rear-wheel drive as well as BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system, which will also be made available on the Saloon, expanding the range further and playing a core role in BMW Group plans to offer 25 electrified models by 2023.

The new Touring version will use the same petrol-electric powertrain as the 330e Saloon, which marries up a 184hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine featuring TwinPower Turbo Technology with a 113hp electric motor integrated in the eight-speed Steptronic transmission, giving a total system output of 252hp. This can be boosted by an additional 40hp for up to 10 seconds under the XtraBoost functionality. The 0-62mph time is 6.1 seconds for the Tourer with a 136mph top speed (both provisional figures).

The provisional data also puts the Touring’s combined fuel consumption at 176mpg with combined CO2 emissions from 39g/km, compared to 176-201mpg and 32-37g/km for the saloon.

The two all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid versions of the BMW 3 Series will also arrive this summer, bringing a combined fuel consumption from 166mpg with combined CO2 emissions from 38g/km for the 330e xDrive Saloon while the 330e xDrive Touring combined fuel consumption is from 156mpg and with combined CO2 emissions of 42g/km.

The new BMW 330e xDrive Saloon accelerates from standstill to 62mph in 5.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of 139mph, with figures of 6.2 seconds and 133mph for the 330e xDrive Touring. Electric-only ranges stand at 36 miles and 34 miles respectively.

The 12.0kWh lithium-ion battery, manufactured inhouse, is positioned under the rear seat, bringing a slight impact on boot space, which falls to 1,420 litres. Electric-only range stands at 34 to 36 miles and charging can be carried out via a BMW i Wallbox, taking 3.4 hours to achieve full capacity, while using the standard charging cable at conventional household sockets gives a 100% charge in 5.7 hours.

All 3 Series plug-in hybrid models get active pedestrian protection as standard, providing acoustic alerts when running on electric power at speeds of up to 19mph.

Other standard features include three-zone automatic air conditioning and auxiliary air conditioning, Parking Assistant which combines a rear view camera with automated parking functionality, including reversing assistant. BMW Live Cockpit ConnectedDrive, which includes full voice control in the form of BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant in addition to the latest generation BMW Operating System 7.0, includes full navigation, Remote Services, Apple CarPlay and Connected Music as standard.

Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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