BMW 3 Series And BMW 5 Series Gain New Entry Level Plug-In Hybrids

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BMW is launching new entry-level variants of the 3 Series and 5 Series hybrids.

BMW generated a lot of buzz with the recent reveal of the new M5 CS. With 627 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque on tap and a 0-62 mph time of 2.9 seconds, the M5 CS is comfortably the fastest production M car ever made. This wasn't the only new model BMW has revealed this week, however. If you prioritize efficiency over performance, BMW is launching new entry-level variants of the 3 Series Hybrid and 5 Series Hybrid.

Slotting below the current 330e and 530e, the launch of the new 320e and 520e is part of BMW's push to increase sales of electrified models by around 50 percent for the 2021 financial year.

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BMW's new entry-level plug-in hybrid models combine a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 163 hp with an electric motor. Combined, this setup generates 204 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed transmission. A four-wheel drive xDrive system will also be available for the 320e Touring Wagon.

The BMW 320e Sedan will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 7.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 139 mph, while the Touring variant will cover the same sprint in 7.9 seconds and top out at 136 mph. The xDrive variant will do 0-62 mph in 8.2 seconds and max out at 136 mph.

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The larger 520e Sedan sedan, on the other hand, has a 0-62 mph sprint time of 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 139 mph, while the Touring variant will cover the same sprint in 8.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 135 mph. In pure EV mode, the top speed of both models is restricted to 86 mph.

As for the electric driving ranges, a 12.0 kWh battery enables the 320e Sedan to cover 32 to 37 miles on pure electric power, while the 320e Touring will last 31 to 36 miles on a single charge. This decreases to 28-35 miles in the xDrive Touring variant. The 520e Sedan will cover 32-37 miles on pure electric power, while the Touring model is rated at 32-35 miles by the WLTP. At a rate of 3.7 kW, the battery can be charged from 0 -80 percent in 2.6 hours and 0-100 percent in 3.6 hours.

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As standard, the new entry-level plug-in hybrids come equipped with BMW Live Cockpit Plus technology including Connected Package Professional, which gives access to digital services including eDrive zone that automatically switches to pure EV mode in low-emission city zones. The new BMW 320e and 520e will go on sale in Germany in March 2021. From then, BMW Group will offer as many as 15 BMW models and one Mini model with plug-in hybrid drive from March 2021. By 2023, this model range will increase to 25 electrified models. US availability hasn't been confirmed, but it's possible since BMW currently sells the 330e and 550e in America.

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