The 330e PHEV will be available starting next summer. Then the plug-in hybrid will use the so-called XtraBoost system – a first for BMW. The drive boosts the 185 kW PHEV motor with an extra 30 kW. Plus, a new battery doubles the range as well.
With a capacity of 12 kWh, the new battery of the BMW 330e PHEV allows for a 50 percent improved electric range compared to the previous version. That puts the novel range at 60 km, measured on the WLTP testing cycle and converted to NEDC for compatibility. Also consumption and emission values will sink by “more than 10%” compared to the previous generation, claims BMW.
The new 330e is set up with a 2.0 litre gasoline engine with 135 kW coupled with an electric motor with continuous performance of 50 kW and peak performance of 80 kW. The electric motor is placed in the 8 gear transmission, while the batteries are mounted under the rear seats. The torque is at 430 Nm. With this technical setup, the acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is complete in six seconds.
The top speed of the vehicle is set at 230 kph. When driving in hybrid mode, the vehicle can go up to 110 km/h electrically, while the electric mode has a top speed of 140 kph. These are 20 and 30 kph more than the previous version, according to the manufacturer.
One of the main innovations in the vehicle is the first use of the XtraBoost system, which enables a temporary boost of up to 30 kW additional electric motor power. This is used to provide additional “dynamic performance” for the hybrid vehicle, according to BMW.
Sales of the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid vehicle will begin in summer 2019.