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News BMW X3 Plug-in Hybrid Set to Arrive in Early 2020

BMW X3 Plug-in Hybrid Set to Arrive in Early 2020

The BMW X3 xDrive30e Gets a 288-horsepower powertrain and an EV driving range estimated at 32 kilometres.


BMW has announced the availability of a plug-in hybrid powertrain for its compact luxury crossover. The BMW X3 xDrive30e will arrive in Canada and United States in the spring of 2020, and will be built alongside the rest of the X3 lineup in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This new electrified variant will rival the Mercedes-Benz GLC 350e 4MATIC, the Audi Q5 TFSI e and the Volvo XC60 T8 eAWD.

The PHEV utility vehicle is equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 181 horsepower, while a 107-hp electric motor is integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission. Unlike other hybrid powertrain applications, this means power is sent to all four wheels, no matter if the vehicle is running on electric power alone or not.

Combined output is set at 288 horsepower (215 kW, 292 PS) and 310 pound-feet of torque. According to the German brand, the 2020 BMW X3 xDrive30e will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds, two tenths of a second quicker than the conventional, 248-hp xDrive30i variant.

2020 BMW X3 At A Glance

By switching on the MAX eDrive mode, the X3 PHEV will be able to travel on electric power alone at speeds of up to 135 km/h, or 110 km/h if we use the Auto eDrive setting. The manufacturer announces a fuel economy average of 2.1 to 2.4 L/100 km and an EV driving range of 41 to 46 kilometres, but those are figures calculated using the somewhat optimistic Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure.

In the United States, the X3 xDrive30e’s driving range is expected to hover around 20 miles, or 32 kilometres, so we’ll stick to that number for Canada. A full charge of the 12-kWh battery on a 240-Volt outlet is said to take less than six hours.

Otherwise, the BMW X3 plug-in hybrid differs little from the conventionally powered versions, and is said to provide “agile handling and sporty driving characteristics.” Cargo space is reduced from 550 to 450 litres with the rear seats in place, and from 1,600 to 1,500 litres when the seatbacks are folded down. Towing capacity is rated at 2,000 kilograms or 4,409 pounds.

Pricing for the 2020 BMW X3 xDrive30e has yet to be announced for both markets, but should be officialised closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date in early 2020. The plug-in X3 will precede the fully electric BMW iX3, which is also scheduled to go on sale in 2020 and will offer a driving range estimated at 400 kilometres according the WLTP.

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