The all-new 2021 BMW 330e Plug-In Hybrid is almost ready for sales in the United States. This car is also available in Europe, but the company’s goal is to sell it in North America. The 330e model is a part of 3 Series and its European-spec details are already available.
However, a few days ago EPA released more details for the model that will reach America soil. This model is very well-equipped, it looks very modern and it will provide astonishing performance. The sales will start after the Coronavirus outbreak and its price will start below $50,000.
2021 BMW 330e First Impressions
In terms of design, new 2021 BMW 330e Plug-In Hybrid won’t depart from the standard BMW 3 Series. The only difference is the addition of the cover for the charging plug. This plug sits on the driver’s side front fender. BMW 330e is an impressive compact sports sedan that looks agile and stylish. The BMW 3 Series is wearing the seventh-gen design and it looks incredibly stylish.
This hybrid variant will arrive with the same exterior but the complete lineup will gain larger features. That includes headlights, taillights, grille, and even the wheels. The front fascia also comes with larger side intakes and the rear looks slightly beefier than before. 18-inch wheels are standard while the 19-inch rims will be optional once again.
Quality Materials Inside
The upcoming 2021 BMW 330e Plug-In Hybrid model offers a tech-rich cabin. The interior is very modern and is one of the best in class. You can count on a high level of comfort and luxury, even with the base trim level. Design is far from revolutionary but everything looks so stylish, elegant, and clean. It is a five-seat sedan and the build quality is quite impressive. The use of high-quality materials is also better than before. You will find a lot of soft-touch surfaces and a standard 8.8-inch touchscreen.
Features such as auto climate control, navigation, and auto-dimming mirrors are all standard. The 330e variant comes with lane departure warning and pedestrian detection. BMW’s Active Guard safety suite is truly great. For instance, you will get an extended traffic jam assistant that excludes the driver’s need to use a steering wheel at speeds below 40 mph.
2021 BMW 330e Under the Hood
As we said, EPA released further details for the US-Spec variant. New 2021 BMW 330e Plug-In Hybrid won’t offer record-breaking figures for sure. However, EPA said this sedan will go 23 miles with its 12-kWh battery. The 330e XDrive model will offer a standard AWD system so its all-electric range has been rated at 20 miles.
This hybrid version is using a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine in a combination with an electric motor and battery pack. EPA estimates 75 mpg for the rear-wheel-drive model and 67 MPGe for the XDrive version. In terms of power, BMW 330e provides 288 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. However, these figures are for the model with BMW’s “XtraBoost” that provides an additional 40 horsepower.
Release Date and Cost
This sporty sedan will arrive in the US after the COVID-19 outbreak. The price will start at $45,500 which is still below $50k. Of course, there will be plenty of extra-cost options so be careful when loading them. The 2021 BMW 330e Plug-In Hybrid XDrive will cost slightly more, around $48,000.