BMW Australia has confirmed the X3 xDrive30e, a plug-in hybrid version of the popular SUV, will be available locally in the second quarter of 2020.
The X3 is the seventh PHEV model from BMW and joins a range that contains the 330e and X5 xDrive45e.
Powering the X3 xDrive30e is a 2.0-litre 135kW four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor offering 80kW incorporated into the eight-speed automatic transmission. Together the system offers a total output of 215kW with 420Nm. It’s the same set-up offered in the 330e.
BMW claims the X3 PHEV takes 6.1 seconds to hit 100km/h from a standing start, while fuel consumption on the combined cycle is rated at 2.1-2.4L/100km depending on the spec.
According to the WLTP cycle, when the battery is fully charged, an electric driving range of up to 46 kilometres is possible, while the top speed in EV mode is pegged at 135km/h.
The 12kWh battery pack can be charged in approximately six hours when using a standard wall socket, while the BMW i Wallbox can do the job in around three and a half hours.
Even with a battery onboard the X3 xDrive30e still offers 450 litres of luggage compartment volume which can be extended to 1500L with the rear seat folded down.
The X3 PHEV will also feature acoustic pedestrian protection which, at low speeds, generates a sound to alert other road users to the approaching car without impairing the acoustic comfort of the vehicle occupants.
Owners will be able to control things such as the climate control via their smartphone using the BMW Connected App.
Local specifications and pricing for X3 xDrive30e will be confirmed closer to the launch in the second quarter of 2020.
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