BMW 330e plug in hybrid gets priced in Australia image

BMW’s Australian unit has recently announced the green 330e plug in hybrid model is going to make its way into the local range, with prices starting from $71,900 (AUD).

The model is now part of the BMW iPerformance lineup, offered alongside the already available X5 xDrive40e, and the 330e is offered at a premium of $2,000 AUD compared to the conventionally-powered 330i. But the plug in hybrid model gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor for a total output of 248 horsepower (185 kilowatts) and 310 pound-feet (420 Newton meters), sent to the rear wheels using an ubiquitous eight-speed automatic transmission. The internal combustion engine alone delivers 180 hp (135 kW) and 215 lb-ft (290 Nm) and the electric soul adds another 87 hp (65 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm). When sitting side by side with the 33oi, the 330e gets the same power figure but the torque is bumped up by 52 lb-ft (70 Nm).

Another trump card might be the ability to go purely electric for up to 23 miles (37 kilometers, based on Euro testing), as the 330e also has a 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The hybrid setting should also bring massive fuel economy, rated at 2.1 liters / 100 km with corresponding CO2 emissions of only 49 g/km. Performance is good as well – 62 mph (100 km/h) gets done in 6.1 seconds and the maximum speed is 140mph (225 km/h). BMW Australia offers the 330e nicely equipped with LED headlights, 19-inch alloys, ambient LED lighting, keyless access, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, along with Dakota leather upholstery, and dual-zone climate control.