The BMW 3 Series Plug-in Hybrid (330e), which was announced last month with the facelifted 3 Series range, has been spied completely undisguised at an Ecotricity charging point at Membury Motorway Services on a UK highway by Twitter user au_tom_otive. In another instance, Alberto N, a autoblog.it reader also caught another test mule of the PHEV on the streets of Cortina d’Ampezzo in Italy.
The BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid will be powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of the new 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo (B48) four-cylinder petrol engine and an eDrive electric motor. The drive system produces a combined output of around 248 hp and 310 lb.-ft. (420 Nm) of torque. It can be driven in pure electric mode at speeds of up to 120 km/h. However, with sensisble driving, it can be driven up to 35 km using solely its fully charged battery. Final specifications have not been released yet.
The first-ever plug-in hybrid variant in the 3-ser range will go on sale later this year. It’s yet to be confirmed if the ActiveHybrid variant will be continued. However, the company has pulled out this variant from its global website, which indicates that it could be discontinued.
2016 BMW 3 Series Plug-in Hybrid – Image Gallery (Spy Shots)
[Source 1: Twitter]
[Source 2: autoblog.it]