According to foreign media reports, BMW recently launched a plug-in hybrid version of the X3 compact crossover, the X3 xDrive30e will support all-wheel drive and can drive only through electricity. It is reported that the latest X3 series is BMW in the all-electric version of the crossover introduced, the company said that the car will be introduced along with the traditional ICE and PHEV models.
It is understood that the X3 xDrive30e uses a familiar petrol engine – a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder twin-turbo engine that delivers a power peak of 184 horsepower by pairing it with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
If you add an electric engine, you can output an additional 109 horsepower. Overall, the powertrain delivers 292 horsepower and a torque peak of 420 Nm.
Under the power train, the hybrid can accelerate 100km in 6.1seconds, with a top speed of 130mph (about 208km/h), BMW said.
Driving the X3 xDrive30e will have a variety of different driving modes to choose from, depending on whether the driver’s priority is energy saving or performance, or simply to leave the decision to the BMW system. While all-wheel drive is standard in cars, the xDrive will shift power back and forth based on where the grip is greatest, and, more interestingly, it can even work in pure electric mode.
This mode is called MAX eDrive and the driver can be turned on via a dedicated eDrive button on the dashboard. BMW says drivers can travel at 83 mph with electricity alone, although in the US the range is expected to be around 20 miles (about 32 kilometers). In Europe, the WLTP test is 32-34 miles (51 to 55 km).
When the driver switches the car to automatic eDrive, the X3 xDrive30e will operate selectively in EV mode, with a maximum speed of 68 mph (approximately 109km/h). However, it also activates the internal combustion engine as the car enters higher speeds.
The 12kWh battery is installed under the rear seat and the tank is mounted on the ear shaft. BMW says this means the new X3 xDrive30e is only slightly less space in storage than the pure petrol version of the xDrive30e.
As for charging, BMW says the Level 2 connection should allow the X3 xDrive30e to charge in six hours, or 3.5 hours if you’re using the BMW i Wallbox. In addition, drivers can remotely control charging by using BMW’s Connected app, turn on the HVAC system to heat or cool the SUV, and locate the charging station along the way.
Unusually for a PHEV, BMW also offers the same selection array for the new X3. This means that for those who want a more sporty hybrid version, they can opt for adaptive suspension, variable motion steering and M sport kit, as well as head-up displays, adaptive cruise control, BMW Driving Assistant plus parking assistants, and more.
It is reported that the new BMW X3 xDrive30e will be launched in December at BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, USA. Global supply is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year, and prices are likely to be announced around that time.