Tuesday, June 2, 2020
News 2021 BMW 3 Series Plug-in Hybrid On Sale Soon

2021 BMW 3 Series Plug-in Hybrid On Sale Soon

Two more trim levels for BMW’s popular compact luxury sport sedan.


  • BMW 3 Series PHEV produces a combined 248 horsepower, or 288 hp with XtraBoost function.

  • Driving range EPA-estimated at 22 miles or 35 kilometres.

  • Base price set at $44,950 in Canada, $44,550 in the United States.


An all-new plug-in hybrid powertrain will make its way into the current-generation BMW 3 Series, and it’s set to go on sale in May. The BMW 330e and 330e xDrive sedans will join the 330i and M340i in the brand’s lineup, and will rival the Volvo S60 T8 in the compact luxury car segment.

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BMW’s new powertrain consists of a turbocharged, 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, producing a combined 248 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. It also includes an eight-speed automatic transmission as well as a feature called XtraBoost, which adds 40 horsepower for up to 10 seconds when the Sport mode is activated and the throttle is mashed to the floor. According to the automaker, the 330e can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 5.6 seconds, while top speed is limited to 227 km/h when equipped with performance summer tires.

The BMW 3 Series PHEV also features a 12-kWh lithium-ion battery pack—with a net 9.1-kWh capacity—that provides an EPA-estimated, fully electric driving range of 22 miles (35 km) for the 330e, and 20 miles (32 km) for the 330e xDrive. The car can travel at speeds of up to 140 km/h on electric power alone, and at 30 km/h and less, there’s an Active Protection for Pedestrians function that uses an exterior speaker system to emit a unique sound, warning people around the car that it’s approaching.

The 2021 BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid variant also comes advanced safety features such as collision warning and autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning, while adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go traffic follow, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and lane keep assist are also available. Other standard features for the U.S. market include heated front seats, a power sunroof, automatic climate control, navigation and Apple CarPlay integration (but not Android Auto). The usual M Sport, Convenience, Premium, Executive and Dynamic Handling packages are offered as options, too.

Pricing for the 2021 BMW 3 Series PHEV starts at USD$44,550 in the United States, and CAD$44,950 in Canada, while the 330e xDrive is listed from USD$46,550 and CAD$54,000 for U.S. and Canada, respectively. The low Canadian entry price makes the car eligible for the federal iZEV rebate of up to $2,500.

In addition to these new BMW 3 Series plug-in variants, the German automaker also offers electrified powertrains on the 5 Series, the 7 Series, the X3, the X5 and the BMW i8—although the latter was scheduled to end production in April 2020.

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