BMW has several electrified models in the pipeline, and one of them is the new 3-Series Touring.
Quoting Product Manager Stefan Horn, AutoExpress reports that the G21 (BMW’s internal code for the new 3-Series Touring) will get the plug-in hybrid treatment. The exec said “we will have a solution for that in the future” when asked about such a variant of the premium compact wagon.
Believed to launch in 2020, the new 3-Series Touring PHEV will use the same powertrain as the 330e sedan. The latter was unveiled with the eDrive technology last year and combines a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol four with an electric motor. The ICE puts out 184 PS (181 hp / 135 kW) and the electric unit develops 68 PS (67 hp / 50 kW).
Thanks to a combined output of 252 PS (248 hp / 185 kW) and 420 Nm (309 lb-ft) of torque, the G20 330e accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6 seconds flat and maxes out at 230 km/h (143 mph). The 12 kWh lithium-ion battery allows it to run on electric power alone for up to 60 km (37 miles), and up to a top speed of 140 km/h (87 mph). It has an estimated combined fuel consumption of just 1.7 l/100 km (166 mpg UK / 138 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 39 g/km.
The new 3-Series Touring won’t launch in the United States and Canada, where crossovers and SUVs are favored over the usual station wagons. Instead, BMW will continue selling the outgoing iteration in both markets, alongside the new-gen sedan – at least for 2019.
On a side note, the Bavarian company won’t launch an all-electric version of the 3-Series, because that role is reserved for the upcoming i4, Horn added.
Note: 2019 BMW 330e Sedan pictured