BMW’s iconic 3 Series celebrates 40 years in the markets and apart from special editions which are due to arrive soon, Bavarians are finally offering their compacts as plug-ins. 2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid, thus joins the combo petrol-electric hybrid which started its journey together with the arrival of sixth generation back in 2012.
Under the Hood
For starters, plug-ins will start as sedans, and could mitigate to other body styles as time goes by. However, that’s still unlikely at the time. 2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid combines 2.0L 4-cylinder internal combustion unit with a large battery pack and an electric motor in front of 8-speed automatic gearbox. Battery pack packs 65 kW of power or 7.8 kWh, while electric motor features the same output of 65 kW or close to 90 horses. Together with mentioned internal combustion unit, this amounts to a total of 250 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. 0 to 60 time is 6.1 seconds, while top speed doesn’t go north of 140 mph. While in electric only mode, however, new BMW 3 can achieve the top speed of 75 mph.
|The Engine range|
|Drive concept||Full hybrid drive;permanent excited synchronous machine|
|System output||252 HP|
|Max output||184 HP @ 5.000–6.500 RPM|
|Max torque||214 LB-FT @ 1.350–4.250 RPM|
|Max output||88 HP @ 2.500 RPM|
|Max torque||250 LB-FT @ 0–2.500 RPM|
|Capacity (gross)||kWh 7.6|
Design – Inside and Outside look
There are no major changes from design’s standpoint. At least not compared to the rest of the lineup. 3 has recently gone through a mild overhaul. Compact executive sedan is still sleek and – well, compact. Yes, BMW is a luxury badge, but don’t expect lavish design and interior from 330e. What you’ll get are Bavarian maker’s trademark fascias, both up front and around the back. Up front, there’s a trademark split grille with contemporary singular headlamps, while rear end features a sharp trunk lid with rounded off bumper below it.
Rest of the car is pretty much straightforward and only way to somewhat upgrade its appearance are optional goodies like larger alloy wheels.
|Length||4.633 MM (182.40 Inches)|
|Width||1.811 MM (71.29 Inches)|
|Height||1.429 MM (56.25 Inches)|
|Wheelbase||2.810 MM (110.62 Inches)|
On the inside, 2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid only features different color arrangements. Yet again, there are no real differences in design compared to regular petrol and diesel models. However, we find the new colorway right up our alley. Sweet beige (almost white) propels the 330e as more advanced and futuristic model than its cousins, which it certainly is; at least in powertrain department. Otherwise, feature list is the same and you’ll have to splash some serious cash in order to fully upgrade your new 3.
Touch screen display floats atop the dash in modern fashion, and it goes hand-in-hand with 9-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Connectivity options are basic, but plenty, and there are a few additional options you won’t be able to find in an average family car.
2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid boasts strong safety ratings and abundance of advanced electronic safety features as well. However, vast majority of these are optional. That way, you can get a rearview camera, parking sensors, blind-spot monitors, lane departure warning, active collision mitigation system and even surround view camera.
2016 BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid Price
Official EPA figures won’t arrive for some time, but we do know that 2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid is supposed to travel up to 25 miles in all-electric mode and exhibit a total range of around 375 miles. MPGe figures will certainly be as high as 100, but combined numbers will probably be around European diesel four’s figures. Price is still undisclosed at the time too, but expect 330e to be one of (if not the) most expensive 3 Series models with a sticker over $40,000.
2016 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid, as much as any plug-in hybrid is a welcome addition to Bavarian maker’s luxury lineup. It might not be as fast and refined as 5 or 7 Series, but 330e delivers on economy part. Needless to say, it still performs admirably as any other BMW and offers upscale interior, together with meticulous design.
The biggest competitor is 2016 Mercedes C 350e Plug-In Hybrid.