World Premiere: 2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid

3-Series | September 3rd, 2015 by 15
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Ahead of its Frankfurt debut, the 2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid was unveiled today. Along with the BMW X5 xDrive40e, the 330e hybrid paves the …

Ahead of its Frankfurt debut, the 2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid was unveiled today. Along with the BMW X5 xDrive40e, the 330e hybrid paves the road for future eDrive-powered model arriving before 2020.

The BMW 330e is powered by a four-cylinder petrol engine with 184 hp and an 88 hp electric motor The latter is integrated into the housing of the eight-speed automatic and provides permanent torque of 100 Newton meters. At full throttle, the electric motor can produce, briefly, up to 250 Newton meters.

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Together, the two motors deliver a system output of 252 hp, bringing the 330e on par with the conventionally powered models 330i and 330d. This applies only to performance, because the EU consumption of 44 to 49 grams CO2 of the plug-in hybrid is, of course, in a league of its own. The fuel consumption is 1.9 to 2.1 liter per 100 km. 

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Thanks to an electric range of up to 40 kilometers, some customers might find the 330e to be strong candidate for their daily driver.

The energy for electric driving is stored in a lithium-ion battery beneath the boot floor; the high-voltage battery has a capacity of 7.6 kWh and can even be fully charged at a conventional household outlet in 3 hours and 15 minutes.


Despite the additional technology, the BMW 330e has a trunk space of at least 370 liters of luggage compartment volume; the rear seat offer a 40:20 40 split. Dynamic drivers may also be pleased about the fact that the weight of the 330e is evenly distributed on both axles. With an EU-empty weight of 1735 kg, the 330e plug-in hybrid is around 160 kilograms heavier than an ordinary 330i, and 120 kg lighter than 330d.


The BMW 330e will run from 0–60 mph in 6.1 with a top speed of 140 mph.

15 responses to “World Premiere: 2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid”

  1. Julien says:

    This is going to be eaten alive by Tesla 3 …

    • Vanja Kljaic says:

      Please tell me upon what are you basing this?

    • Thomas Bergen says:

      Your not right.
      Tesla`s quality cant be compared by BMW superior quality.
      In the major cities in the world only a few % has access to home charging.
      Im many places there are not even public chargers.
      Not everybody like the tragic design Tesla has on their model x .
      I also like when i hear a car has a real engine !

  2. Kaisuke971 says:

    This is the best looking F30 y’ve seen yet ! Hope it will sell well, because the package is very attracting. But well to be fair here in France, i’m sure it will, because the government wants to ban Diesels, so when you replace your diesel car (that every one have here) with another type of power unit you have like a big bonus (5-6k i guess) but then the car being ultra low emission you have another bonus so you can get 10k off its price !

    • Vanja Kljaic says:

      It is the same in most of Europe though, giving us BMW lovers, and honestly everyone else, a great opportunity to go with a classy looking vehicle, albeit a fuel efficient, great performance and nature friendly car i one vehicle.

  3. James B says:

    seeing as the 330d is only about 45-50kg heavier than the 330i (depending on spec) i’d guess the 330e is 120kg HEAVIER than the 330d rather than lighter, the diesel six does weigh more than the petrol four but not by that much!!

  4. Michael Christopher Frazier IV says:

    this is what replaces the AH3? a slower, more fuel efficient plug in? what happened to the bmw that loved performance? how is this an ultimate driving machine?

    • Kaisuke971 says:

      This is a better daily driver. Those who want performance will go for the 340i, the Active Hybrid 3 wasn’t that much of a success, partly because it didn’t make that much sense. Now, they have the 330e, the clean version of the 3 (with decent power for the quid), and the 340i still sits as a performance variant, with a 326hp Inline 6.
      Rumor say the M3 will have the inline 6 mated to electric motors maybe to push over 500 and that the 340i will be M340i, 550i M550i, 760i M760i and maybe the 1 and 2 will have a performance version, but with inline 4 (M130i ?) ? All of them will have an e (plug-in-hybrid) variant though, so 125e more likely, 330e, 540e and 740e.

      • Horatiu B. says:

        AH3 wasn’t the best product. This is a real hybrid.

        • Kaisuke971 says:

          It was basically slower than the 335i, heavy, and had a worse fuel consumption than the Alpina D3 while costing about the same and being both less luxury and less sporty…
          Yeah you’re right it wasn’t the best product, closer to be the worst than the best one.

        • agurk says:

          My friend has the AH3, and its a great car! Since it has the most powerful auto-box (rated 700 NM), it is perfect for tuning. The electric motor alone makes 55hp and 210 NM of torque. So after a tune, exhaust, inter-cooler, the total power is way past 400hp (450hp+?), and a torque monster (im guessing 550NM+). On the quarter-mile, it was about as quick as my car, E92 M3 (that was before he did a proper tune, with just race-chip).

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