2019 BMW 3 Series Plug-in Hybrid specs revealed

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Following the global reveal of the new generation BMW 3 Series, the forthcoming plug-in hybrid is shown as offering a 72km electric range, low CO2 and fuel economy.

2019 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid

2019 BMW 330e plug-in hybrid

A 72km electric range is indicated, a rise of 35km over the outgoing model, and is a similar increase to the expected electric range provided in the next-generation of BMW X5 iPerformance plug-in hybrid thanks to a battery capacity increase though the exact kWh increase and weight penalty are yet to be confirmed.

The X5 will be equipped with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol unit outputting 286hp alongside an uprated electric motor with 112hp making a combined power output of 394hp and 600Nm torque, though it remains uncertain whether the new 330e will benefit from similar treatment or stick with its 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit.

Emissions are provisionally rated at 39g/km keeping tax low, while fuel economy is rated at 1.7l/100km, though it is worth noting these are NEDC-correlated figure and will therefore change on 1 January 2019. For comparison, fuel economy and emissions for the outgoing 330e are 44g/km CO2 and 2.1l/100km (NEDC), while the competing Mercedes-Benz C 350 e offers 48g/km CO2 and 2.1l/100km (NEDC).

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Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.