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India-bound latest generation BMW 3 Series gets a hybrid version

November 15, 2018, 10:06 PM IST by Sagar Bhanushali
India-bound latest generation BMW 3 Series gets a hybrid version

- The 330e is 30 per cent faster than its predecessor, offers 50 per cent more electric-only range and less polluting

- Features include on-demand performance system that increases power output from 252bhp by 41bhp 

- Plug-in hybrid drivetrain includes a petrol engine paired to an electric motor that peaks at 113bhp

The new BMW 330e plug-in hybrid sedan represents a big step-up, offering more efficiency, an increased electric-only range and more power. Although it won’t make it to the Indian market, the standard petrol and diesel powered versions of the latest generation 3 Series would be sold here next year.

Due to be launched in 2019, the 330e is 30 per cent faster than its predecessor, delivering a 50 per cent increase in electric-only range to go with a reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 10 per cent.

A major new addition to the new 330e is the standard-fit XtraBoost – an on-demand performance system that increases power output of the plug-in hybrid drive from 252bhp by 41bhp at the touch of a button. As well as the extra power, the updated plug-in hybrid can cover a distance of up to 60kms using electric power alone. The plug-in hybrid drivetrain includes an 184bhp 2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine aligned to an electric motor that generates a continuous output of 68bhp and a peak output of 113bhp.

Together, the two drive units develop a total output of 252bhp along with a peak torque of 420Nm, but extra power can be sourced when selecting the SPORT driving mode. This activates the XtraBoost system that draws on power stored in the high voltage battery. The 330e plug-in hybrid version will go on sale from July 2019, with prices to be confirmed.

 

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