Not too long ago, BMW introduced the second-generation plug-in hybrid version of the bigger X5. Now, the carmaker from Munich has launched an electrified version of the smaller SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) in its line-up, the X3. For those wondering why we're emphasising on BMW's latest plug-in hybrid models, the brand recently started its hybrid chapter in India with the launch of the 745Le xDrive. So, the probability of more hybrids coming to our shores can't be ruled out. Coming back to the topic at hand, the X3 xDrive30e is powered by a 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo petrol motor (181bhp), which works in tandem with a 107bhp eDrive electric motor. The electric architecture further consists of a 12kWh (Gross Value) Li-ion battery pack. In comparison to the X5 xDrive45e, the X3's battery pack is half the size.
The X3 xDrive30e's hybrid powertrain develops 288bhp & 420Nm of torque, allowing the car to reach a top speed of 210km/h. The 100km/h mark is achieved in just 6.1 seconds. The 8-Speed automatic gearbox transmits power to all four wheels, irrespective of the driving mode (Hybrid/Electric). As the X3's eDrive mode offers two settings (Auto and Max), the top speed in both the electric drive modes stands at 110km/h and 135km/h, respectively. Based on WLTP test results, the X3 xDrive30e is capable of delivering 41 – 46km of electric drive range.
To be available in Advantage, xLine, Luxury and M Sport trims, the X3 xDrive30e will go into production from next month at BMW's Spartanburg plant in the US.