The 330e is joining BMW’s lineup in Australia where the plug-in hybrid sedan kicks off from $71,900 (AUD).
Sitting alongside the already available X5 xDrive40e as part of BMW’s iPerformance lineup, the 330e costs an extra $2,000 AUD compared to the conventionally-powered 330i. The plug-in hybrid sedan combines a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a combined output of 248 horsepower (185 kilowatts) and 310 pound-feet (420 newton meters) channeled to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The combustion engine is good enough for 180 hp (135 kW) and 215 lb-ft (290 Nm) while the electric motor delivers 87 hp (65 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm). If we compare the combined output with the 330i, the new 330e has the same horsepower but an extra 52 lb-ft (70 Nm) of torque.
Another ace up its sleeve is the possibility to run solely on electric power for as much as 23 miles (37 kilometers, based on Euro testing) thanks to the 7.6-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. When running as a hybrid, the model will consume just 2.1 liters / 100 km with corresponding CO2 emissions of only 49 g/km.
Performance is not too shabby either, with the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) taking a decent 6.1 seconds before reaching a maximum velocity of 140 mph (225 kph). For the sake of comparison, a 330i will run the sprint in 5.8 and max out at 155 mph (250 kph, limited). One of the reasons why the 330e can’t match the 330i’s performances is because of the added hybrid-related hardware which has bumped weight by 364 pounds (165 kilograms) to 3,659 lbs (1,660 kg).
BMW Australia will sell the 330e with standard LED headlights, 19-inch alloys, and the option to choose from three interior packages: Sport Line, Luxury Line, and M Sport. Regardless of the one you go for, all cars will have ambient LED lighting, keyless access, automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, along with Dakota leather upholstery, and dual-zone climate control.
Besides arriving in the Land Down Under, we already know the BMW 330e is on its way to United States where it will go on sale this summer at a starting price of $44,695, this time U.S. dollars. In case you are curious, at home in Germany it begins at €43,500.
Source: BMW Australia