The next BMW plug-in hybrid to hit the road is going to be the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid building on top of X5 xDrive40e’s already impressive tech.
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Some reviews of the 330e have started circling the interwebs today and we’ve learned quite a bit about the way it drives.
Along with the reviews also comes a new set of photos showcasing the 330e in the beautiful Munich.
The BMW 330e uses the same 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as in the 320i and pairs that with an electric motor to create a total output of 248 hp. That power is routed through the familiar eight-speed ZF automatic to the rear wheels. This allows the 330e to get from 0-60 mph in 6.1 seconds.
The immediate benefit of this plug-in-hybrid and its 7.6 kWh battery, is the possibility of pure electric local trips of up to 25 miles (40 km) and speeds up to 75 mph. Range anxiety wont be problem with the 330e it has a range of 373 miles in every day driving.
The 330e uses a J1772 charging plug and does not have a DC charging option.
Despite all the complexities of the plug in hybrid powertrain, BMW has managed to keep a 50/50 weight distribution.
When it goes on sale this year, the 2016 BMW 330e will have a base MSRP of $44,695, including destination and handling.