The plug-in version of the BMW 3-Series gets a new photo album as the time for its official launch approaches.
BMW claims that the new 330e offers class-leading efficiency without compromising its dynamic abilities. Under the familiar shape of the 3-Series the company has married the turbocharged 184hp 2.0-litre petrol engine with an 88hp electric motor for a combined output of 252hp and a peak torque of 310lb ft (420Nm).
The hybrid powertrain enables this 3-Series to offer a combined 134.5-148.7 mpg UK, depending on the specs, with CO2 emissions rated between 49 and 44g/km. The electric motor is mounted in front of the eight-speed automatic gearbox, with the driver still able to use the ratios of it when in all-electric mode.
Performance-wise, the new 330e is capable of reaching 62mph (0-100km/h) from a standstill in 6.1 seconds, with a top speed of 140mph (225km/h). BMW claims an all-electric range of up to 25 miles (40km), with the top speed limited to 75mph (120km/h).
The battery pack can be charged fully from empty in three hours when a conventional domestic power socket is used, with the charging time dropping to 2 hours and 12 minutes when a fast charger is used.