BMW’s Australian unit has recently announced the green 330e plug in hybrid model is going to make its way into the local range, purchase 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.