BMW 328e plug-in hybrid begins production in November 2015

3-Series | January 21st, 2015 by 8
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For the U.S. market, BMW will offer the 328e model which starts production in November 2015.

The biggest update coming this year with the BMW 3 Series facelift is the introduction of BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrids. For the U.S. market, BMW will offer the 328e model which starts production in November 2015.

The 2016 BMW 328e plug-in hybrid uses a four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor mounted on the rear axle providing a system output of 245 hp and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.

BMW 328e comes with a combined fuel consumption of 2.1 liters per 100 kilometers, or 112 mpg.

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The plug-in hybrid can run solely on electric power up to 22 miles (35 km) with a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h). The car utilizes Sport, Comfort, and EcoPro settings for the drivetrain as well as Max Electric and Save Battery settings for the hybrid aspects of the drivetrain.

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The new 3 series plug-in hybrid will take advantage of the ‘situational awareness’ that the X5 eDrive has with the addition of new features including Real Time Traffic Information.

First units are expected to arrive at U.S. dealerships in early 2016.

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8 responses to “BMW 328e plug-in hybrid begins production in November 2015”

  1. Nick says:

    It will be interesting to find out the price of this model relative to the current ActiveHybrid3 and 328/335i.

    At ~112mpg it will be equivalent to the Tesla Model S’ eMPG. In other words, this will be as environmentally friendly as a Tesla, from an emissions standpoint.

    If it can come in at a reasonable price point, this may be a very successful model.

  2. Peder Norby says:

    love to see the i3 and i8 tech propagating throughout the entire BMW line!

  3. Greg says:

    The article mentions the electric motor is on the rear axle but from my understanding of BMW’s technical info its part of the transmission assembly since this vehicle uses the ZF 8 Speed with integrated motor assembly. Do you have anymore information regarding the motor being installed on the rear axle?

  4. […] mixed with an electric motor, looks promising. These two components work together to produce up to 245 horsepower and up to 295 pound-feet of torque. Both of the figures are spectacular in comparison to many other hybrid vehicles on the market. […]

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