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BMW to Debut Plug-In Hybrid 3 Series in L.A.

October 28, 2015

Photo of the 2016 X5 xDrive40e courtesy of BMW. 
Photo of the 2016 X5 xDrive40e courtesy of BMW.

BMW will debut four new models at the Los Angeles Auto Show, including the eDrive BMW 330e, BMW X1, the BMW 7 Series.

Rather than hosting a press conference, BMW will show the redesigned 7 Series, the eDrive BMW X5 xDrive40e, new BMW 3 Series, and updated battery-electric i3 hatchback at its stand on Nov. 18.

The BMW 330e features a plug-in hybrid drive system that uses an electric motor paired with a BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine generating 248 bHP and 310 lb.-ft. torque. BMW 330e accelerates from 0-60 mph in 5.9 seconds.

The BMW X1 is the second generation of its successful predecessor model. It will feature a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine producing 228 bHP and 258 lb-ft of torque mated to an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, enabling the newest X family member to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The BMWX1 xDrive28 is on sale now.

BMW's 7 Series is the brand’s flagship in its sixth generation. The BMW EfficientLightweight concept allows the new BMW 7 Series line-up a 190 pounds of weight reduction in comparison to its predecessor.

The BMW X5 xDrive40e is the company’s first eDrive luxury SUV. BMW's X5 xDrive40e combines the company’s 2.0L TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine with an electric motor integrated into its 8-speed automatic transmission. The BMW X5 xDrive40e can travel approximately 13 miles on pure electric propulsion, powered by a lithium-ion battery, ideally suited for short commutes and quick trips around town yielding an impressive 56 MPGe. Combined, the gasoline engine and electric motor put out 308 hp and 332 lb.-ft. of torque, enough to propel the X5 xDrive40e from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

BMW will also show its i3 battery-electric hatchback that should deliver more range in the upcoming model year. The BMW i3 features a hybrid-synchronous electric motor that produces 170 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque and propels the vehicle from 0-60 mph in approximately 7.2 seconds. The BMW i3 is electrified by a 22-kWh lithium-ion battery and can now travel 81 miles on a single charge. The BMW i3 now delivers an EPA-rated 124 MPGe.

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