BMW Introduces the 330e Touring PHEV with All-Wheel-Drive Option
【Summary】BMW has introduced a plug-in hybrid version of the 330e Touring estate and the provisional performance figures of the wagon have been officially announced.
Recently, a prototype of the upcoming all-electric BMW 3 Series was spotted testing sporting heavy camouflage. The test car was a long-wheelbase model. However, BMW has expanded the lineup of its world-renowned performance sedan by introducing a PHEV station wagon variant.
Although BMW recently introduced a plug-in hybrid version of its 330e sedan, now the range will now also receive all-wheel-drive xDrive models for both the estate wagon and sedan versions, along with the standard rear-wheel-drive configurations.
This is the first time that the automaker expanded its 3 Series range to include a plug-in estate model. The all-new 330e Touring plug-in-hybrid carries forward its 12.0 kWh battery pack from its predecessor.
The new model offers a more spacious cabin than before and the storage capacity of the wagon version has been increased to 51 cubic feet (when the rear-seats are stowed away).
BMW 330e Touring RWD
BMW has released the provisional figures of both RWD and xDrive variants of the 330e Touring.
The rear-wheel-drive version of the 330e Touring gets 10.4 kWh of usable battery capacity which gives the plug-in station wagon an all-electric WLTP driving range of 40 miles. The PHEV drivetrain allows the RWD 330e Touring to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds.
The plug-in powertrain also uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine which comes mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. BMW 330e Touring's electric motor generates 113 BHP of maximum power (68 BHP continuous). This translates into a combined power output of 289 BHP and around 310 lb-ft of peak torque.
BMW has also equipped 330e touring with an XtraBoost mode which increases the power output by about 40 BHP. The top speed of the RWD 330e Touring is rated at 137 MPH. Once the battery pack of the plug-in estate is completely discharged, it can be recharged up to 80% capacity in just 2.4 hours at a rate of 3.7 kW using a 230 V charging station.
BMW 330e xDrive Touring
We expect the xDrive variants of the 330e station wagon to feel more planted around the corners. The all-wheel-drive setup will surely improve the car's handling characteristics, which might just compensate for the somewhat compromised performance figures.
BMW 330e xDrive Touring is slower than the standard RWD version of the PHEV wagon and takes 6.2 seconds to hit the 62 mph mark. The top speed of the all-wheel-drive models is rated at 133 MPH and the battery-only driving range of the 330e xDrive models is also reduced to 34 miles as per WLTP standards.
For now, only European markets will receive the PHEV variants of the 330e Touring. BMW has not yet confirmed whether or not these new models will be introduced in the United States.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
The Tesla Model 3 Will Now Share More Components with the Model Y Crossover
Hyundai Reveals Specs for the Upcoming 2022 Tucson SUV
Everything You Need To Know About The 'Refreshed' Tesla Model 3
Consumer Reports Says Cadillac’s Super Cruise Automated Driving System Outperforms Tesla’s Autopilot
General Motors Does Not Have a Real-World Prototype of the Hummer EV Yet
The Mercedes Benz EQS Will Be the First Model Sold Under its New 'EQ' Sub-brand in the U.S.
The BMW iX3 Enters Production Featuring the Automaker's Next-Gen Electric Powertrain
Quick Overview: Here’s What You Need to Know About the New Volkswagen ID.4
- Tesla Plans to Export its China-made Model 3s to Asia & Europe, Sources Say
- IIHS Study Finds AEB Reduces Semi-Truck Rear-End Crashes by Over 40 Percent
- Tesla’s New EVs Won’t Come With Different Regenerative Braking Options
- Tesla Chief Elon Musk Drops Hints About the Company’s New Advanced EV Batteries
- Audi & Qualcomm to Deploy Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything Technology on Virginia Roadways That Will Alert Drivers When Workers Are Present
- General Motors to Boost Investments to $27 Billion for the Development of New Electric Vehicles as the Company Transforms for the Future
- Electric Vehicle Startup Faraday Future in Talks to go Public in a Reverse Merger Deal
- General Motors CFO Unexpectedly Departs to Take Role at Online Payment Startup Stripe
- Alphabet’s Autonomous Driving Division Waymo to Partner with Daimler on Self-Driving Class-8 Trucks
- Coreshell Technologies, a California Startup Working to Solve EV Battery Degradation Raises $4 Million