BMW launches new 330e with power and efficiency boost

BMW has revealed details of the new 330e - the plug-in hybrid version of its 3 Series saloon - with the electric-only range increased to 37 miles on a single charge.

The new 330e also features XtraBoost technology, providing an additional 41hp when required, meaning the BMW can complete the 0-62mph sprint in 6.0 seconds. This means it's both 30% quicker than the outgoing model, and offers a 50% longer electric driving range from its 12 kWh battery.

As such, the new 330e sees CO2 emissions drop 10% to 39 g/km, with official weighted combined fuel economy quoted at 138 MPG, both calculated on the WLTP test cycle. The BMW can travel in electric-only mode at up to 68mph too, 18mph faster than before.

Power comes from a 184hp 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, working with an electric motor providing 68hp, and a peak output of 113hp. It is this latter figure that allows for the XtraBoost system when added power is required. Otherwise, the 330e operates with a combined 252hp and 420 Nm of torque.

New services will be available from launch to help drivers plan their charging too. When selecting a public charge point, the navigation system also provides the driver with a list of nearby hotels, restaurants, caf├ęs, and tourist attractions, and the driver can see a forecast of the occupancy status of the charge point at the time of arrival.

The current BMW 330e is one of the most popular plug-in models in the UK, third in the best-sellers chart only behind the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and the Nissan Leaf. The new BMW 330e will go on sale from July 2019, with prices to be confirmed closer to launch.

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Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:16th Nov 2018

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