BMW has revealed the X3 xDrive30e, a plug-in hybrid version of the popular SUV, which is set to enter production in December.
The X3 will be the first model in BMW’s range to be available with a conventional combustion engine, a plug-in hybrid system and a pure electric propulsion system with an EV variant set to join the range in 2020.
Powering the X3 xDrive30e is a four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor which is driven by a lithium-ion battery that’s housed under the rear seat. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends torque to BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system.
The system produces 185kW of power which can be temporarily boosted by up to 30kW via the electric motor’s peak output.
BMW claims the xDrive30e takes 6.5 seconds to hit 100km/h from a standing start, though this is a provisional figure. On a full charge, the car has a pure-electric range of approximately 50 kilometres. Fuel efficiency on a combined run is said to come in at 2.4L/100km.
The X3 PHEV is part of BMW’s plans to have 25 models featuring some form of electric power in the lead up to 2025.
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