First photos of BMW 330e plug-in hybrid

3-Series | May 8th, 2015 by 10
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Without a doubt, the most exciting news in the BMW 3 Series Facelift press pack is the launch in 2016 of the BMW 330e, the …

Without a doubt, the most exciting news in the BMW 3 Series Facelift press pack is the launch in 2016 of the BMW 330e, the plug-in hybrid sedan. Along with the BMW X5 xDrive40e, the 330e hybrid paves the road for future eDrive-powered model arriving before 2020.

Today, we have the first official photos of the 330e, along with a launch film showing the new hybrid in action. The BMW 330e will be powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system with a combined output of around 250 hp and 310 lb-ft (preliminary), giving the BMW 330e a 0–60 mph acceleration time of approximately 6.1 (preliminary) and a top speed of 140 mph (preliminary).

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The new BMW 330e is also capable of traveling up to 22 miles in all-electric mode and therefore with zero local emissions. 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.

Take a look below at the first images and the short film.

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10 responses to “First photos of BMW 330e plug-in hybrid”

  1. Tommolog says:

    Horatiu: Do you know the size of the battery? Perhaps the same 9kWh as the X540e?

  2. João Resende says:

    The combined output is 250hp.

    But how much from the petrol engine and how much from the electric ?

    Which engine does it uses ? The 20i?

  3. Shark says:

    This is the rightful answer for all it rivals . Innovation and technology will always let bmw 3 series the best seller mid size sedan in the world . It easy for companies to produce a similar car but the differentiation the driving pleasure ;)

  4. Cary says:

    Wow, that video really makes me not like this car. You’ve got your MacBook, your iphone, your expensive camera (Leica, I can’t quite tell)…now it’s time for your fashionable car. Ugh! And I’m actually quite interested in the technology of the vehicle – do we really have to have this slavish lifestyle marketing?

    • MrWayne10 says:

      The 1.5 seconds of that whole 52 second video showing the side of a MacBook and a generic android phone makes you not like the car? They didn’t market any product other than their car. They wake up, wash they face go through the morning routine most people have of checking their computer and phone and then went for a nice drive. I don’t see the issue.

    • Mike Vella says:

      I think you’re over-thinking it a bit.
      Even so, who do you think is the target demo. for this car? I mean, let’s be realistic. Generally speaking, folks that are buying new BMW’s are in the top 5 or 10 percentile “wage” wise for household income. People with a lotta disposable income buy cool crap.

    • Lawrence says:

      Are you thick or something! The phone is there to show the apps that can be used to see the charging status of the car. It is a demonstration of the BMW Connected Drive technology! Not everyone use their phones just for playing snake games or messaging people.

  5. says:

    9kwh is a joke, 1/11th the size of Tesla, its not big enough to have a serious impact…. really a baby step in the right direction

    • Johnny Bravo says:

      Tesla is a pure EV dude. Of course the battery is larger. This is a step in the right direction for BMW. If you’ve ever owned one, you would understand that they don’t just make econobox A to B rides. They make machines for driving enthusiasts. Now that they’re going green, they’ll continue to open up their market exposure. Perfect timing IMHO to compete with the model 3 that will someday come out.

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