The 2017 BMW 330 PHEV Release Date, Price & Specs
One of the best known series for BMW is the 3 Series. The line has accounted for nearly 30% of the company’s sales volume. Even after six generations of success, the 3 Series continues to evolve with the new 330e PHEV. This is the first hybrid engine we have seen for the 3 Series and borrows from the 2015 BMW i8 and i3. According to the company, this new system is an advancement of the two.
As with the rest of the 330e PHEV, the interior is similar to the rest of the 3 Series with some minor improvements. An eDrive and driving experience switch has been added to the cabin and are located on the stylish centre console. The remainder of the 330e’s cabin is just as the rest of the 3 Series, full of luxurious details, trimmings and seats.
Thanks to the added Driving eXPerience Control system, drivers can select the driving option they want by selecting from Sport, Comfort and Eco Pro. The Auto eDrive mode enables the electric motor to work with the conventional engine. Once the car is started, this mode is automatically set and enables the car to operate on all-electric for speeds up to 50 mph. The Max eDrive enables the car to run on total electric power for speeds up to 75 mph and at a 23-mile range. When more power is needed, the conventional engine will kick in. If the driver wants to store energy, they can select the Save Battery mode for use when pure-electric driving is desired.
To take full advantage of the benefits brought by a hybrid engine, the 330e is also equipped with BMW’s connectedDrive system that works with the navigation system and calculates the best strategy for the drivers driving style, overall route characteristics and the terrain.
Compared to other models in the 3 Series, the 330e has a smaller cargo space, 13 cubic feet, due to the hybrid drive-train being fitted at the boot. However, more cargo space can be added by folding the rear seats. Additionally, the 330e can accommodate five passengers comfortably.
Like the other models in the 3 Series line-up, the outside of the 330e PHEV will receive a refresh. This includes only minor changes that will be difficult to notice. The front will feature a charging door just before the A-pillar and the front wheel arch. The door will serve as a seal to protect the charging system from the weather and other elements that could cause damage. The inside of the door has a corona ring that indicates the charging status of the battery.
A redesigned bumper that has shorter fog lights than other 3 Series models has been fitted to the back of the 330e. Dual exhaust pipe outlets are fitted together on the left side of the 330e which differs from the other 3 Series models as well. The tail light design is the same as you will find on the other 3 Series models.
A hybrid unit that is comprised of traditional combustion engine and plug-in system will provide the power for the BMW 330e. The gasoline engine will be a turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder that provides 181 HP and 214 lb-ft. of torque. The electric motor will provide 88 HP and 184 lb-ft. of torque. Combined, the unit will generate 248 HP with 310 lb-ft. of torque. An 8-speed Steptronic transmission system will guide the power to the rear wheels. Using the 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery alone can power the 330e for up to 25 miles at a top speed of 75 mph.
On the gasoline side, the 330e can reach a top speed of 140 mph with a 0-60 time of 6.1 seconds. BMW estimated that the 330e will return 112 mpg in city travel, and 124 mpg on the highway. However, the actual EPA ratings have yet to be announced.
The 330e’s battery can be charged with a traditional socket or by using the BMW i Wallbox. The traditional socket will take 3 hours and 15 minutes to fully charge the battery, while the i Wallbox will take 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Expected Release Date and Price
We will have to estimate the price of the 330e PHEV between $42,000 and $47,000 since the company has yet to release an official price at the time of this writing. The same is true for the release date, no word from the automaker yet.