BMW has unveiled a 3-Series plug-in hybrid prototype during the Group Innovation Days 2014.

BMW has unveiled a 3-Series plug-in hybrid prototype during the Group Innovation Days 2014.

It's based on the upcoming facelift which is why the prototype depicted here wears camouflage on the front and rear fascias but the most significant changes are underneath the skin. Power comes from a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine working with an electric motor which according to BMW offer the prototype the same level of performances as a six-cylinder 3-Series.

The combined output stands at 245 HP (180 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) channeled to the wheels via an updated eight-speed Steptronic transmission granting a fuel consumption of only 2 liters / 100 km (140 mpg UK or 117 mpg US) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 50 g/km. It can be driven in electric mode for up to 22 miles (35 km) during which it's able to hit a top speed of 74.5 mph (120 km/h).

The BMW 3-Series plug-in hybrid prototype features a lithium-ion battery pack installed underneath the load compartment which can be charged from a regular household socket. The vehicle also boasts a Driving Experience Control switch installed on the center console from where the driver can select from COMFORT, SPORT or ECO PRO modes that alter the settings of the suspension, gearbox and the hybrid operating strategy.

Additional details can be found in the attached press release. 

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