Rumor: BMW preparing entry-level 320e plug-in hybrid model

3 Series, News | November 5th, 2019 by 2
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If you thought the current BMW plug-in hybrid range is getting rather diverse, you have another thing coming. According to one of our sources in Munich, the Bavarian car maker is planning a new one under the BMW 320e moniker, to join the 3 Series range.

At the moment, BMW has a rather fast expanding line-up of hybrid cars. Just the other day we saw the BMW X3 xDrive30e model go on sale and it’s probably going to be a good seller. Alongside it we also have the 330e, BMW 530e, BMW 745e, X5 xDrive45e and even MPVs using similar powertrains in the shape of the BMW 225xe Active Tourer.

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Next year we’ll also get a BMW 320e.

Little is known about the car just yet but I was able to confirm it with two of my sources so I think there’s a good chance it’s going to happen. Apparently, the car will be unveiled in the third quarter of 2020, so we’re still quite far off from seeing its specs. It will most likely use a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor.

If that sounds familiar, don’t rush to compare this 320e with what we’ve seen on the BMW 225xe and the MINI Countryman PHEV. That’s because the MPV and the MINI crossover use a different platform underneath. They are FWD cars at their core and use the internal combustion engine to power the front wheels while the electric motor powers the rears.

The BMW 320e will be using a different layout but the power output is expected to be lower than 250 HP, which is what the 330e has right now. Most likely, it will be closer to 200 HP, featuring a smaller electric motor. Info about it is rather limited right now, but we’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

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