WOODCLIFF LAKE, New Jersey — The all-new 2016 BMW 330e iPerformance plug-in hybrid sedan will begin arriving at BMW dealers this summer, with prices starting at $44,695, including a destination charge of $995.
The latest i-model from BMW is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that produces 180 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, combined with an 87-hp electric motor that is based on the same technology found in the BMW i3 hatchback and i8 coupe.
BMW says the combo — with a total system output of 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque — allows the 330e iPerformance to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 140 mph.
Performance and engine management are optimized through three BMW eDrive programs — Auto eDrive, Max eDrive and Save Battery — and power pushes to the road via an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Driving characteristics can be further tuned with the Driving Dynamics Control on the center console, which features settings for Eco Pro (most efficient), Comfort (balanced), Sport (performance) and the available Sport+.
When switched on, a unique Proactive Driving Assistant works in conjunction with the car's navigation system and uses data from interactive maps, along with real-time traffic information, to identify routes in which the electric drive system will be preferred over the combustion engine.
According to BMW, the high-voltage lithium-ion battery in the 330e iPerformance provides a range of about 14 miles on electric power alone and can be fully charged in 2.5 hours with BMW's i Wallbox 240-volt Level 2 charger, or in 6-7 hours with a standard 120-volt Level 1 charger.
Edmunds says: Hybrid shoppers will want to stay in touch with their BMW dealer about this summer's arrival of the 2016 BMW 330e iPerformance.