E in the BMW 3 Series stands for dynamism, but the signs of the times are on Consumption optimization. BMW tries to bring both parts under one roof by prescribing a plug-in hybrid drive for the 3 Series. At least on paper, the formula works. The two-liter four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine develops 184 hp and 290 Nm and works with a 65 kW and up to 250 Nm electric motor that lives in front of the eight-speed automatic transmission and replaces the converter. The system performance increases to 252 HP and 450 Nm - driving dynamics are guaranteed. In terms of standard consumption, the new BMW 330e can show values of 1.9 to 2.1 liters. This also seems to have reached the consumption target.
BMW 330e only as a sedan
The BMW 330e accelerates from zero to 100 km /h in 6.1 seconds, with a boost E-motor with 100 to 250 Nm with. The top speed is 225 km /h. At least 120 km /h and up to 40 kilometers can be driven purely electrically. Together with the 41 liter petrol tank, ranges of over 600 km are possible.
The lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 7.6 kWh is located below the trunk, which has a usable volume of 370 liters and a offers split folding rear seat back. However, the loading tray below the loading space floor is smaller than that of a conventionally powered 3 Series. Depending on the charging current, between 2 hours 15 minutes and 3 hours 15 minutes are specified for a full charge of the battery.
The special features of the BMW 330e include a driving experience switch with a program extended by e-driving modes, a programmable auxiliary heating and -cooling with 5 kW output and a predictive navigation system.
The BMW 330e is only available as a sedan. It will go on sale in 2016. Prices have not yet been announced.