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Reviews2020 BMW 330e Plug-In Hybrid First Drive: The 3 Series of PHEVs

18:16  05 march  2019
18:16  05 march  2019 Source:   motortrend.com

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In 2019 BMW will introduce a new 330 e iPerformance plug - in hybrid with an BMW unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show its all-new 3 Series Sedan (ICE), which will hit the market on March 9, 2019. The all-new BMW 330 e iPerformance. “Summer 2019 will see a further addition to the drive system

Is a Better Plug - In Also a Better 7- series ? With two similar cars to drive , our instinct is to opt for the older and less advanced model first , but BMW 's While we will have to wait for final specifications, BMW admits that—unlike the 530e and most of the approaching wave of other new PHEVs coming

On paper, the 2016 330e looked like a perfect example of everything that was wrong with modern BMWs. BMW's lost its way. BMWs aren't fun to drive anymore. Why would you even bother building a hybrid 3 Series? Yet, as we found out in our First Test, the 330e was actually pretty good. Thanks to the electric motor's low-end torque, it actually felt slightly more responsive than the 330i.

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When we first drove the 2016 BMW 330 e , we came away impressed with how much the plug - in hybrid felt like a regular 3 Series . Well, a regular 3 Series with way more torque. Even with a tiny 14-mile range when running on electricity alone, the 330 e showed that hybrids can actually be pretty fun

The 330 e delivers outstanding energy efficiency, but with a chunky curb weight and lofty price. Will 3 Series fans see an upside?

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But if the old 330e wasn't enough to convince you that a plug-in hybrid can be a real 3 Series, the new one definitely should. In part, that's because the new 3 Series is such a better car than its predecessor. Somehow, it manages to be larger, more spacious, and more upscale while also being quicker and more fun to drive.

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As with the rest of the lineup, the plug-in hybrid version of the 3 Series comes with a more impressive spec sheet than before, too. Yes, it still uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder paired with an eight-speed automatic, and 252 hp is only 4 horses more than the old 330e's 248 hp. But when you really step on it, the electric motor can temporarily add an extra 40 hp, bringing total system output up to 288 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.

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The New BMW 330 e Plug - In Hybrid Promises More Electric Driving Range. It won't arrive in the U.S. until 2020 , but we have some info on the electrified version of the G20-generation 3er. Apart from that and hybrid -specific badging, it looks identical to other new 3 - series models on the outside.

The BMW 330 e 's premium plug - in hybrid competition is still taking shape, and we have yet to test the aforementioned Mercedes plug - in or the smaller The electric motor can propel the 3 Series up to 75 mph using battery power alone, but driving at or near that speed will deplete your range estimator

BMW says that's enough power to give the 330e a 0-60 time of a little less than 6 seconds, but that has to be conservative. Extremely conservative. When we last tested its predecessor, it made the same run in a relatively quick 5.6 seconds. The new car is no M3, but after driving both generations back to back, it definitely feels quicker.

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In theory, my butt dyno (or as one BMW employee called it, my popometer) could have been deceived, but I doubt it. On the other hand, few if any of these cars will ever be raced on an actual track, so tenths of a second are much less relevant. If you get into the previous 330e after driving the new one, it feels noticeably slower. Almost like you accidentally got into the 320i instead.

If your main concern is straight-line speed, though, you'll probably be better served if you spring for the much more powerful M340i instead. Assuming BMW prices the new 3 Series like the old one, the M340i will only be a few thousand dollars more expensive than the 330e.

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Plug - In Hybrid Technology Learn More. Electric Vehicles. Martin Reinicke stows several of his arrangements in the spacious trunk of his BMW 330 e iPerformance, parked outside Blomsterskuret.

BMW 330 e Sedan plug - in hybrid . BMW is unveiling its all-new second-generation 330 e , the plug - in hybrid version of its 3 Series sedan, with the first standard use of BMW 's XtraBoost performance Electric-only driving range increases by 50 percent over its predecessor to just over 37 miles (60 km).

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But if you're interested in a hybrid 3 Series, you're probably at least partly interested in better gas mileage. We're still waiting for EPA figures to be announced, but BMW claims the 330e's electric range has been increased by 50 percent. On the European test cycle, that means it's rated to go 60 kilometers (about 37 miles) on a single charge, but because the old version only had a 14-mile EPA range, we're going to be conservative and bet it's actually closer to 21 miles. The mpg-e should also be improved, though we're not sure by how much.

As with its other plug-in hybrids, BMW gives you several different drive modes to choose from. Depending on what type of trip you have planned, you can put it in pure EV mode, choose to save the battery for later use, charge the battery using the engine, or let the car manage everything for you. Most people will probably leave the drive modes alone, but we appreciate BMW offering them anyway.

Thankfully, BMW appears to have also fixed one of the old 330e's most annoying flaws: the rough, loud way the engine fired up every time the stop/start system decided to start up again. The six-cylinder engines may be a bit more refined, but the 330e's four-cylinder starts up much more smoothly than before.

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Added to that series is a new plug - in hybrid 330 e that the automaker announced this week. This PHEV includes BMW 's latest eDrive Technology to BMW unveiled the seventh generation of the 3 Series compact sedan at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year. Added to that series is a new

The BMW Plug - in Hybrid range, also known as iPerformance, takes the best of BMW ’s combustion engines, using renowned EfficientDynamics, and marries it to modern battery technology and an electric motor. The result is a BMW with two power sources, but more so, it’s a totally responsive drive , with

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The engineers also improved the handling. The suspension soaked up uneven pavement nicely, but in the corners, the car felt much more planted. Taking those same corners in the old 330e resulted in significantly more body roll.

One trait that we appreciate BMW carrying over, though, is the 330e's highway ride. Our tester had the M Sport adaptive suspension, which probably helped, but on unrestricted sections of the autobahn, the ride was impressively smooth.

We'll need to see pricing and the official EPA figures before we can say just how much of an improvement the new car is, but at least for now, we're confident that if you want a fuel-efficient sport sedan, the BMW 330e is going to be a hard car to beat.

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