June 15, 2024

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BMW to launch its First PHEV in Australia

BMW to launch its First PHEV in Australia

BMW to launch its First PHEV in Australia in mid-2020. It is the plug-in hybrid version of its four-wheel-drive X3 model. The PHEV provides an electric-only range of up to 55km.


BMW to launch its First PHEV in Australia

The BMW X3 hybrid model comes with a 135kW combustion engine alongside an 80kW electric drive motor. Hence, delivering a combined 215kW of power and 420Nm of torque. Even though the electric range of 55km is small when compared to all-electric alternatives, BWM believes this could provide sufficient range for day-to-day commuting, in the emission-free all-electric mode.

BMW to launch its First PHEV in Australia
BMW to launch its First PHEV in Australia


“With the introduction of the new X3 xDrive30e we are providing the power of choice for our customers where they can choose the powertrain that perfectly suits their needs, from either diesel, petrol, fully electric or in this case, plug-in hybrid,” BMW Group Australia CEO Vikram Pawah said.


The PHEV BMW X3 can charge its 12kWh battery pack with a conventional household socket in less than six hours. This charging time can be reduced to around three and a half hours by using BMW’s i-Wallbox charging system.


The electric drivetrain is paired with a turbocharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder combustion engine, which delivers an additional 135kW of power. The PHEV X3 can achieve take-off acceleration of 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds. The vehicle can actively control the mix of power provided from both the electric motor and combustion engine to optimize fuel efficiency and deliver strong acceleration and torque whenever needed. The average fuel consumption of the vehicle is between 2.1 and 2.4 L/100km. This delivers an average emissions footprint of 49 to 54 grams per kilometre.


The PHEV BMW X3 is equipped with an ‘acoustic pedestrian protection’ which will produce a ‘specially designed’ sound during its all-electric mode at low speeds, to warn pedestrians and other road users of the oncoming car.



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