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BMW 330e plug-in hybrid unveiled, uses 2.1L/100km

September 17, 2015

BMW has unveiled the new 330e hybrid 3 Series at the Frankfurt Motor Show, coming in as a more affordable hybrid slotting underneath the ActiveHybrid 3. It’s also the first plug-in hybrid 3 Series.

2016 BMW 330e

The powertrain consists of a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder, from the 320i – instead of a 3.0-litre six in the ActiveHybrid 3 – paired with a 7.6kWh electric motor system. Combined, the package generates 185kW and 420Nm.

At this output level it matches the new 330i (2016 version of the 328i) for power, but surpasses its 350Nm torque output. As a result, 0-100km/h comes up in just 6.1 seconds, not quite reaching the 330i’s 5.8-second status.

Where the 330e shines is with fuel economy. On the combined cycle consumption test it returns a figure of just 2.1L/100km. This is helped by an ability to drive solely on electric power at speeds of up to 120km/h, for a range of around 40km.

At the moment there is no hybrid 3 Series available in Australia. The local arm recently introduced the 2016 facelift, with the most economical model being the 318i featuring a new 1.5-litre turbo three-cylinder engine. The 318i offers a consumption average of 5.4L/100km, and it’s priced from $54,900.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.