The BMW 3-Series Plug-in Hybrid prototype has been recently unveiled, during the Group Innovation Days 2014.
BMW’s newest creation is actually a prototype based on the 3-Series facelift, in the plug-in hybrid variant. The model in question is wearing camouflage on the front fascia and on its rear end, as you can see from the images posted below, suggesting some changes over there which will include a new front bumper, a new rear bumper, some tweaks made to the headlights and taillights and probably some other minor modifications.
The prototype is coming with a lithium-ion battery pack, which has been installed underneath the load compartment and it can be charged from a regular household socket. Power is being provided by a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine, which is backed up by an electric motor. This is offering the same performance level as a 6-cylinder unit and the total output stands at 245 HP (180 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, connected to an updated Steptronic transmission with 8 gears. The average fuel consumption stands at 2 liters burned every 100 km (140 mpg UK / 117 mpg US) and the CO2 emissions stand at 50 g/km.