BMW has introduced the new X3 xDrive30e with plug-in hybrid drive. The model is to be produced from December 2019 together with the conventionally powered model variants of the X3 at BMW’s Spartanburg plant in the USA and will be available in Spring 2020 worldwide.
It is the brand’s first model to be offered both with a pure combustion engine and with a PHEV system, as well as in 2020 as an iX3 in an additional model variant with a pure electric drive.
The PHEV powertrain is used with a 2.0-litre combustion engine with an output of 135 kW, while the electric motor integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission has an output of 80 kW. According to BMW, the battery with a gross energy content of 12.0 kWh (10.8 kWh net) enables a range of 41 to 46 kilometres according to WLTP.
In “MAX eDrive” mode the maximum speed is 135 km/h, in “Auto eDrive” mode (i.e. hybrid mode) a maximum of 110 km/h is possible purely electrically. If the combustion engine is switched on, the maximum speed increases to 210 km/h. However, even in hybrid mode, the combustion engine should only switch on “at higher speeds or particularly intensive load demands”. The support of the electric motor should ensure that the combustion engine can run as frequently as possible in an efficiency-optimised load range”.
The battery is installed under the rear seats, which is why the boot volume of 450 litres is “on a par with the combustion versions”. The standard equipment includes acoustic pedestrian protection, an App-controlled air-conditioning system and the familiar BMW eDrive services. The basic price of the BMW X3 xDrive30e in Germany is 56,900 euros.
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