The BMW X3 has already established itself as one of the brand’s top-selling vehicles, and now the xDrive30e plug-in hybrid is set for a Q1 2020 market launch to add even more appeal to the range. Combining a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with an electric motor, maximum system outputs are 292 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque - this is enough to enable a 0-62 mph sprint time of 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph. BMW’s excellent eight-speed automatic transmission and the xDrive all-wheel-drive system are standard.
With a 12-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, an expected electric-only range of close to 20 miles has been claimed by BMW. The xDrive system permanently apportions torque between the front and rear wheels based on driving conditions, and this occurs even when the X3 PHEV is operating on electric-only power. An eDrive button positioned on the center console allows the driver to easily switch between driving modes, with the Auto eDrive setting enabling pure electric driving at speeds of up to 68 mph. The battery can be fully charged using a conventional household socket in under six hours, or in three-and-a-half hours using a BMW i Wallbox.
Impressively, the standard X3’s spacious cabin hasn’t been heavily compromised despite the fitment of the battery pack. This is made possible by placing the battery below the rear seat and positioning the fuel tank above the rear axle. The 15.9 cubic feet of cargo capacity is still reasonable, although short of a non-hybrid X3’s commodious 28.7 cubes. Other than this, the stylish and premium-feeling cabin remains one of the best in the segment. Although final pricing is yet to be announced by BMW, recently obtained order guides indicate an outlay of $49,545 including destination which is $4,600 more than the X3 xDrive30i but less than a Volvo XC60 Hybrid T8.
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