With the expansion of the range of plug-in hybrids, the premium car manufacturer continues its offensive towards electrification. BMW will unveil three new mid-size premium plug-in hybrids at the Geneva International Motor Show. This summer, additional variants of the BMW 3 Series will provide particularly efficient driving pleasure.
Powertrain electrification is one of the activities identified by the BMW Group in the NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. Innovations in the field of D-ACES (Design, Autonomous, Connected, Electrified and Services/Shared) create the conditions for sustainable sales growth in the global automotive markets. As a pioneer in electric vehicles, the BMW Group has already sold half a million electric vehicles worldwide.
A total of 145,815 electric and hybrid vehicles from the BMW and MINI brands were sold in 2019. With a market share of over 7 percent worldwide and over 14 percent in Europe, it tops the rankings of well-known manufacturers of premium electric and hybrid vehicles. In Germany, the BMW Group is the clear market leader in electric vehicles with a market share of 24%.
By the end of 2021, the BMW Group aims to have over one million of these vehicles on the road. In 2021, a quarter of cars sold by the BMW Group in Europe will be electric, a third in 2025 and half in 2030. By 2023, the organization plans to expand its offering to 25 electrified models, more than half of which will be purely electric. Production of the electric BMW iX3 began in 2020, followed by the BMW i4 and BMW iNEXT in 2021.
"The Power of Choice": A Diverse Portfolio of Drives for Mobility Around the World
With the launch of the BMW iX3, this popular sports car will be the brand's first model to be offered with fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines, as well as plug-in hybrid versions and pure electric drives. This choice is in line with the Power of Choice strategy, with which the BMW Group meets the individual mobility expectations of customers around the world. A wide range of drive technologies allows you to choose a model adapted to different legal conditions and individual expectations.
The variety of powertrains in the BMW 3 Series is also growing. New products in the plug-in hybrid range, debuting at the Geneva Motor Show 2020, will enable customers to better align sustainable mobility with individual expectations and needs. In the future, Touring models will also be available with hybrid drive for the first time. The new BMW 330e Touring will have a joint premiere in Geneva (fuel consumption combined: from 1.7 l/100 km; energy consumption combined: from 15.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: from 39 g/km, provisional figures) and the new BMW 330e xDrive Touring (combined fuel consumption from 2.0 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: from 17.8 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 46 g/km, provisional values) . The combination of plug-in hybrid technology and intelligent all-wheel drive will also be used in the new BMW 330e xDrive Sedan (combined fuel consumption: from 1.8 l/100 km; combined energy consumption: from 16.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions ). combined: from 42 g/km, preliminary data).
The 2020 Geneva Motor Show will also host the world premieres of two other BMW 3 Series models. New BMW M340d xDrive Sedan (fuel consumption combined: 5.7-5.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 149-139 g/100 km). km) and the new BMW M340d xDrive Touring (fuel consumption combined: 5.8-5.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 153-143 g/km) are equipped with an extremely powerful 250 kW inline six-cylinder diesel engine. (340 hp) and a mild hybrid system with a 48-volt reversible generator. With the launch of two new BMW M vehicles and three additional plug-in hybrid models, the number of engine options available for the BMW 3 Series will increase to four petrol, four diesel and a plug-in hybrid drive.
World premiere of three additional BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid models
Following the successful market launch of the new BMW 330e Sedan (fuel consumption combined: 1.7–1.6 l/100 km; energy consumption combined: 15.0–14.8 kWh/100 km; cycle CO2 emissions combined: 38– 36 g/km) , the range of plug-in hybrids in this series will be significantly expanded in 2020. In the future, the latest generation of BMW eDrive technology will increase not only efficiency but also brand-specific driving pleasure in four electrified models. The electric range of the BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid models is between 55 and 68 km.
Intelligently managing the interplay of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor integrated into an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, gives the BMW 330e Touring, BMW 330e xDrive Sedan and BMW 330e xDrive Touring a system output of 185 kW (252 hp). ). At particularly high loads, the standard XtraBoost function can be extended by 10 seconds and by an additional 30 kW (40 hp) up to 215 kW (292 hp). The maximum torque of the system is 420 Nm. Distinctive transmission sound, direct and precise accelerator response and a special 8-speed Steptronic shift program with downshift braking underline the vehicle's agile and sporty driving characteristics.
The BMW 330e xDrive Sedan and BMW 330e xDrive Touring combine the sporty character and high performance of a plug-in hybrid drive with the reliable versatility of intelligent all-wheel drive. An electronically controlled multi-plate clutch distributes torque to the front and rear axles depending on the situation. The BMW xDrive system thus ensures maximum traction and driving stability in all road and weather conditions. In addition, the fully adjustable drive distribution contributes to agile sporty driving. The combination of BMW eDrive and BMW xDrive is particularly suitable for driving in snow, mountainous areas and off-road.
The introduction of two Touring models with plug-in hybrid drive meets the requirements of customers who value not only the brand's typical driving pleasure and exemplary efficiency, but also even more functionality.
The electrified Touring models offer the same five-seat comfort as conventionally powered models. Placing a high-voltage battery under the rear seat resulted in only a slight reduction in trunk volume. With the rear seat backrest folded down and divided in a ratio of 40:20:40, the luggage compartment volume can be increased from 410 to 1,420 litres.
BMW M340d xDrive Sedan and BMW M340d xDrive Touring World Premiere: BMW Mild Hybrid Vehicles
Exciting driving dynamics and impressive performance are the hallmarks of two other new additions to the BMW 3 Series range, which will also have their world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show 2020. .0 liter and diesel mild hybrid technology with a 48-volt reversible alternator.
The new M TwinPower Turbo engine develops 250 kW (340 hp) and 700 Nm of maximum torque. Its impressive flexibility is complemented by extremely spontaneous power delivery, supported by the electrical boost function of the 48-volt reversible generator. It delivers an additional 8 kW (11 hp) of power for improved starting and acceleration dynamics.
The reversible generator can also support the internal combustion engine during continuous driving. As a result, the diesel engine is able to operate – as often as possible – under load that is optimal for economy, reducing peak fuel consumption phases.
The powerful drive of the new BMW M models is available in combination with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, model-specific chassis and intelligent all-wheel drive. M Sports Suspension, Adaptive Sports Steering, M Sports Brakes and M Sports Differential are also standard equipment. / h in 4.8 seconds. Dynamic driving characteristics and a cockpit focused on intense driving pleasure guarantee a phenomenal driving experience.