The BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid variant has finally arrived.
The 2016 BMW 330e iPerformance will be available starting this summer with a price of $44,695 including destination. It is the first time BMW i technologies have been integrated into the world’s most successful premium model and the plug-in hybrid drive system will offer up to 14 miles of range in all-electric mode.
The gasoline engine being used in the 330e iPerformance is a four-cylinder with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology providing 180 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque. The powerplant is paired with an electric motor that generates 87 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, bringing total system output to 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The result is a zero-to-60-mph time of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph. BMW notes that pure-electric driving is possible at speeds up to 75 mph. Power is channeled through an eight-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles.
Three driving modes are available on the 2016 BMW 330e iPerformance: Auto eDrive, Max eDrive and Save Battery. In Auto eDrive mode, the sedan ensures the engine and electric motor are optimized for all driving situations. Max eDrive uses electric power only, while Save Battery has two operating settings. If the high-voltage battery’s charge is below 50 percent, the battery is charged to 50 percent by the combustion engine. If the battery has more than 50 percent of charge remaining, the charge level becomes “frozen” so that the remaining electric energy can be used for part of the journey.
Using a BMW i Wallbox Level II 240V charger, the empty lithium-ion battery can be fully charged in two and a half hours. The BMW 330e iPerformance can also be charged from empty in six to seven hours with a conventional Level 1 120V charger.
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