BMW X3 xDrive30e debuts at Geneva show, with new 330e, X5 xDrive45e

March 6, 2019

BMW has used the 2019 Geneva Motor Show to unveil three new hybrid models, including the all-new X3 xDrive30e, as well as the 330e based on the new 3 Series, and the X5 xDrive45e based on the new X5.

Starting with the X3 xDrive30e, this is the first plug-in hybrid version of the mid-size SUV to be offered. It comes with a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder petrol engine which produces 185kW. This is supplemented by an electric motor system which provides 30kW.

Across the 0-100km/h sprint the new SUV takes a claimed 6.5 seconds. Despite the credible performance the fuel consumption on the combined cycle is listed at just 2.4L/100km. The new model can also be driven on electric power alone for up to 50km. Due to the lithium-ion battery which is packaged under the rear seat, cargo space drops slightly from 550L in the regular X3 to 450L.

Set to join the new 3 Series range soon, the new 330e features a similar powertrain as the X3 mentioned above. Only its 0-100km/h time is cut to 6.0 seconds, and the electric driving range to increased to 60km. Both of these are likely due to the lighter weight of the 3 Series, and without xDrive all-wheel drive. Fuel economy on the combined cycle is stamped at just 1.7L/100km.

Lastly, the new X5 xDrive45e pairs an electric motor assist system to a 3.0-litre inline six turbo-petrol engine. We haven’t seen an inline six hybrid from BMW since the old ActiveHybrid 3. In the new X5 the package produces an impressive 290kW, which translates to a 0-100km/h time of just 5.6 seconds.

Like the others, there is an electric driving range but here it’s set to around 80km. Combined cycle fuel consumption is also impressive, at 2.1L/100km. Cargo space is reduced to 500L, or up to 1716L with the rear seats folded down.

All three models come with an conventional eight-speed automatic transmission, promising genuine sporty driving capability like a regular BMW. Market entry for these is set to commence later this year, although market availability and potential Australian details are yet to be confirmed.

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.