The largest luxury automaker in the world has announced its 330e iPerformance model can be had in the United States starting from $44,695 when it hits showrooms this summer.
The model is wearing the latest subbrand badge and as such we know it has been developed to reward both performance and eco-friendly clients – with the 330e iPerformance being a plug-in hybrid version of the regular 3 Series. As such it combines a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine churning out 180 horsepower and 215 pound-feet of torque with an electric motor that delivers 87 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The latter is also powered by 7.6 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery and the assembly has a combined maximum output of 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, the 330e iPerformance is able to go for up to 14 miles on electricity alone at speeds up to 75 mph.
The model also comes with an electric boost function which is used to deliver electric power to assist the internal combustion engine when more power and torque are needed. While it depends on the position of the accelerator pedal, the electric motor can add its full 184 lb-ft of torque for increased acceleration performance. The battery can also be charged in about two hours and 30 minutes using the optional BMW i Wallbox Level II 240 volt charger. With a standard Level I charger 120V the owner will have to wait for a recharge to take place in six to seven hours.