BMW 330e iPerformance Sport Plug-in Hybrid Launched in Malaysia

BMW 330e iPerformance Sport plug-in Hybrid

BMW 330e iPerformance Sport plug-in Hybrid produces a combined power output of 252 hp and 420 Nm; can do 0-100 kmph in just 6.1 seconds and has 37 km all-electric range

At the BMW Innovation Days 2016 in Desa ParkCity, the Malaysian arm of the luxury manufacturer launched its second plug-in hybrid known as the BMW 330e iPerformance. The compact sedan has been awarded with Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) status and therefore receives tax exemptions prompting affordable price tag.

It will be brought in as CKD kits and assembled locally much like the X5 xDrive40e. Offered in a single trim, the 330e carries a price of RM248,800 on-road without insurance. Positioned between the 318i Luxury and 330i M Sport in terms of pricing, the 330e has same specs as the 320i. It gets power from a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged engine pumping out 184 hp between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm while delivering 290 Nm torque from 1,350 rpm to 4,250 rpm.

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However, the electric motor, incorporated in the middle of engine and the eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, makes additional 87 hp and 250 Nm and is powered by a 5.7 kWh lithium-ion battery. Thus, the combined output rises to 252 hp and 420 Nm. The top speed is claimed at 225 kmph and the hybrid sedan can do 0-100 kmph in just 6.1 seconds. The BMW 330e iPerformance has combined fuel efficiency of 2.1 litres per 100 km while emitting just 49 g/km of CO2. In all-electric mode, the 330e can accelerate to a maximum 120 kmph besides returning 37 km range.

The 330e has three driving modes like the X5 xDrive40e with Max eDrive focussing on electric commuting, Auto eDrive optimising the IC engine and electric motor and Save Battery cuts operation to the internal combustion engine and saves charge or top it up to nearly 50 percent for later utilisation.

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On the outside, the 330e appears like a regular 3-Series expect for additions like the charging port door, I badge and a eDrive badging. Step inside, the hybrid nature is accentuated by the door sills finished in eDrive letters, eDrive driving mode switch and hybrid system functions displayed in the instrument cluster. The bootspace is reduced to 370 litres and despite not having a performance package, the 330e still offers full LED headlamps, 18-inch V-spoke light alloy wheels, Dakota leather upholstery, etc.