BMW 330e Plug-In Hybrid, can be a fun and practical plug-in hybrid?


We know it can be fun, look at the McLaren P1 or Porsche 918 Spyder. What just not have representation in the market is a hybrid sports sedan with reasonable power , practical and fun in equal measure. BMW wanted to follow in the footsteps of Mercedes C350e Plug-In Hybrid with its new Plug-In Hybrid 330e , whose mechanical configuration is similar. A plug-in hybrid premium offering a combined output of no less than 252 hp and autonomy in electric mode up to 40 kilometers.

A discreet outside, inconspicuous

The exterior of BMW 330e is very discreet. Moreover, is difficult to distinguish a BMW 330d or BMW 328i , his closest potential rival and heat engine. Indeed, the only difference from these is a cap on the front flap where the electric current and a small emblem on the rear pillars where “eDrive” reads plugs. Inside, again just a button on the gearbox – which activates the 100% electric mode -. Unlike this conventional vehicle of the 3 Series

Four cylinders and an integrated electric motor gearbox

is positioned halfway between the BMW 328i and 330d, with the premise of a much lower consumption.

Unlike BMW i8 or BMW 225xe Plug-In Hybrid, the BMW 330e does not use a three-cylinder gasoline engine. Its engine is a 2.0 turbo that develops 184 hp power, connected to an automatic gearbox eight relations developed by ZF. Between the heat engine and gearbox an electric Engine 88 CV is located, with continuous torque of 100 Nm. However, it is able to develop a maximum of 250 Nm for a moment, a kind of “overboost” electric mode.

is capable of traveling about 40 km in 100% electric mode , at speeds up to 120 km / h, after which the heat engine must necessarily work. The battery has a capacity of 7.6 kWh and is located between the row of rear seats and the boot. In fact, it reduces the boot capacity by 90 liters going to be about discrete 370 liters , little more than a compact car like the 1 Series batteries should be charged in just 3 hours and fifteen minutes using a plug conventional home.

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The combined power of the system is 252 hp and 420 Nm of maximum torque . Its performance is more than adequate: accelerates to 100 km / h in just 6.1 seconds – the BMW 328i with 245 hp petrol and weighs 160 kg less than it does in 5.9 seconds – and its tip is 225 km / h. BMW declares an average consumption of between 1.9 and 2.1 liters per 100 km, which we know already is completely distorted by the current European test cycle. CO emissions 2 declared are between 44 and 49 g / km.

However, they are good numbers considering the unladen weight of 1,735 kg . Not exactly a lightweight, but its range is about 600 km. The Mercedes C350e Plug-In Hybrid – its nearest rival – has a slightly higher power and performance: 279 hp and a 0-100 km / h in 5.9 seconds, but his trunk shrinks further to 335 liters. Price is unknown for now, but will be more expensive than BMW 328i – by a considerable margin. – Certainly

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Source: BMW
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