BMW Expands 330e PHEV Lineup With Touring And AWD Versions

More plug-in hybrid BMW 3-Series to choose from.

BMW announced a major expansion of the 3-Series from one to four plug-in hybrid versions, as the Sedan will be joined by Touring version. Moreover, both will be available in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions.

We knew that the Touring PHEV was coming since 2019, but the all-wheel-drive option is a positive surprise.

To get the full image of the situation let’s first list all the BMW 330e cars (the three new ones to be introduced on the market in summer 2020):

BMW 330e xDrive Touring (on the left) and BMW 330e xDrive Sedan (on the right)

The plug-in hybrid BMW 330e Touring is basically the same as conventional one, with only a slightly compromised luggage compartment volume.

BMW announced that from summer 2020, all of the 330e will get the permissible towing capacity of 1,500 kg (3306 lbs).

On the technical side, all of the 330e are equipped with the same battery pack (12.0 kWh) and powertrain, aside from the xDrive version, which gets an additional mechanical link to power the front wheels.

“Via an electronically controlled multi-disc clutch, the intelligent all-wheel drive system distributes the power from the engine and electric motor between the front and rear wheels as required at all times. Networked with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), the system adapts the distribution of drive torque precisely to the respective driving situation within a fraction of a second. Fully variable power distribution ensures maximum traction and driving stability in all road and weather conditions. It also supports the sporty handling of the sedan and touring model with plug-in hybrid drive. The new BMW 330e xDrive Sedan accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds, reaching a top speed of 224 km/h (provisional figures). The new BMW 330e xDrive Touring completes the standard sprint in 6.2 seconds, achieving a maximum speed of 214 km/h (provisional figures). With an electric range of 58 kilometres (provisional figure*) for the Sedan and 55 kilometres (provisional figure*) for the Touring model, the all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid variants of the new BMW 3 Series also offer ideal conditions for using electric power alone to handle most day-to-day driving such as commuting or travelling within city limits.”

BMW 330e Touring specs (provisional figures):

BMW 330e xDrive Touring specs (provisional figures):

BMW 330e Sedan specs:

BMW 330e xDrive Sedan specs (provisional figures):

Gallery: BMW 330e Touring (and 330e xDrive Touring)

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