2016 BMW 330e Priced From $44,695 In U.S. + Live Show Pics

NOV 24 2015 BY MARK KANE 43

BMW 3303 Plugged In At Los Angeles Auto Show (via Warren M)

BMW 3303 Plugged In At Los Angeles Auto Show (via Warren M)

BMW announced a $43,700 MSRP ($44,695 after deducting $995 destination & handling) for its new 330e plug-in hybrid, presented at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The new model will enter the U.S. market in Spring 2016 with an estimated 22 miles of all-electric range.

The range of 22 miles on the 7.6 kWh battery doesn’t seem right, as the BMW X5 xDrive40e received a 13-mile EPA rating on 9 kWh pack.

We expect that the EPA will rate the 330e much lower than 22 miles, perhaps more like ~15-17 miles.  The show stand picture beside the 330e (graphic below) lists the EPA ratings as “TBD”.

Editor’s note:  Just in the way of comps, there is no longer a 330 petrol BMW sold in the US (that has moved up to 340i from $45,800), but the base 328i sedan retails from $38,350. The next closest comparable is likely the 328i xDrive sedan which retails from $40,350.

BMW 330e Interior From LA Auto Show (Warren M)

BMW 330e Interior From LA Auto Show (Warren M)

Quick specs:

  • 184 hp TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine and 65 kW/88 hp, 250 Nm electric motor integrated into the housing of the eight-speed automatic transmission
  • total system output of 185 kW/252 hp (on par with 330i and 330d)
  • 0–60 mph in 5.9 seconds (0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds) with a top speed of 140 mph.
  • all-electric range of up to 40 km (25 miles) probably NEDC (we estimate 19-21 miles of real-world driving/US EPA estimate)
  • 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery beneath the boot floor
  • estimated 22 miles of all-electric range
  • charging in 3 hours and 15 minutes from a household outlet
  • average fuel consumption (combined) of 2.1–1.9 litres/100 km (134.5–148.7 mpg imp)
  • at least 370 liters of luggage compartment volume; the rear seat offer a 40:20 40 split
  • EU-empty weight of 1735 kg (3,825 lbs)
  • price $44,695 including $995 Destination & Handling
BMW 330e Specs From LA Auto Show - Click to Enlarge (thanks to Warren M)

BMW 330e Specs From LA Auto Show – Click to Enlarge (thanks to Warren M)

BMW 330e Gets A Little Extra Badging

BMW 330e Gets A Little Extra Badging

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43 Comments on "2016 BMW 330e Priced From $44,695 In U.S. + Live Show Pics"

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Where are the ELR.price defenders?

This car has half the AER of the ELR.

There are some very important differences between this car and a Volt, ELR.

As weak as the AER of the BMW is compared to many BEVs in the under $50K range, at least this one excels as a gas car that one would enjoy driving. So think of it as an excellent gas/hybrid car that happens to have more plug in capability than the Prius, Cmax, etc.

Remember, this is a RWD performance sedan. The 252 combined HP, and 5.9 sec 0-60 times is in a different class than these other cars. So while its AER performance isn’t close to the Volts, the Volt isn’t close in the gas performance department of the 330e. Not to mention rear seat room, interior luxury,driving dynamics, etc.

This could be a good long range car to accompany my pure BEVs. But actually, my weekday driving to work (15mph round trip) could be totally covered with no gas usage. And then on weekends, this would be a totally capable interstate luxury traveler.

It’s a 15mph round trip, but how long do you drive? ^^

My trips are all in the city. Speeds from 40-50mph generally.

On thing that has quietly gone unnoticed is how BMW is using multispeed gearboxes on their electric drivetrains.

i8 has a two speed transmission on the front motor.

X5/330e have 8 speed trans/motor combo units.

It would actually be less expensive in the long run to buy a Tesla Model S 70, based on expected resale. Model S depreciation is minimal due to high resale numbers. Add lower maintenance costs for the Model S and free long distance charging through their supercharger network, and its a no brainer.

The BMW 323i I bought depreciated by 65% over the 5 years I owned it. With a base price of $45K it will be hard to walk out the door spending less than $50K. Figure in the fuel and maintenance savings and the 8 year unlimited mileage powertrain warranty, and the Tesla is clearly a better value.

65kw doesn’t compare to the ELR’s 111kw, but it’s a big step up from stop/start.

BMW does have ActiveHybrids out so not so big of a step. The plug is important but a 7.6 kWh battery is a joke when a Zero motorcycle sports a 13 kWh battery these days.

The 2016 ELR is 160 kW (214 HP) in its all-electric normal EREV mode. In sport mode its gas engine is allowed to blend in for up to 174 kW (235 HP) under hard acceleration.

0-60 mph is now 6.4 seconds in sport mode and near 7 seconds in EV driving (the Caddy press release mistakenly held-over the 8.8 seconds figure from the 2014 ELR).

The ELR all electric range is now up to 39 miles EPA.

One important factor to realize. Unlike GM, BMW is very conservative on 0-60 times and horsepower ratings. It’s a fact that the German manufacturers grossly underrate the HP of their engines. Sometimes they will almost put out advertised engine HP at the rear wheels! BMW i3 I believe is rated at 7.1 seconds 0-60. It has been tested by several people, including Car and Driver to run over a half second quicker than that. (6.5 seconds)

GM is also conservative on 0-60 times. The 2016 Volt is officially 2.6 0-30 and 8.4 0-60 but Motor Trend says 2.2 and 7.1 and Car & Driver says 2.6 and 7.8.

Thats crazy how the Volt can be that quick vs the i3 2.7 sec to 30mph, and yet the i3 does 60mph in 6.5 secs. The Volt must be super sluggish 30-60mph? Those numbers seem erroneous.

For starters, I’m guessing that the interior of the ELR will blow this 3 Series away.

I’m not sure the ELR is the best comparison. I think the Cadillac CT6 Plug-in may be a better comparison. It’s bigger and probably will cost more, but the cost delta will probable be less than the ELR. Surprisingly it’s weight may be similar, as will the performance of the turbo 2 liter. The big difference is the transmissions. I think GM is way ahead of their competitors in this area. We have to wait to see the reviews of these two cars, but I’m willing to bet the driving performance of the CT6 Plug-in will be superior, particularly in the electric only areas.

The x5 is a significantly heavier car, the 22 miles could hold true.

Maybe. However, there is also the difference that the X5 has 9kWh and the 330e has only 7.6kWh.

But how much of that two batteries capacity is usable?

Has it ever been standardized whether manufacturers report the usable or total capacity of the battery? I know with the Volt, they definitely report the total capacity. But if this 7.6Kwh was the usable capacity, I could see 22 miles being possible.

Most manufacturers seem to report total capacity rather than usable capacity but my impression is that Kia (Soul EV) and BMW (i3) have been reporting usable capacity.

I agree that 7.6 kWh of usable capacity could quite plausibly give 22 miles of EPA range but that all obviously very uncertain.

I’ve seen “available capacity”, where Porsche’s 918 advertised 6.8(?), for instance. Here, it states “lithium ion battery pack”.

Interior is nice, I bet, without the rear window and gas tank limits of the i3.

Let me guess, keyless entry is not standard? XD

I looked for the price of the 330i and 330d and saw they aren’t sold any more in the USA.

Closest car now is the 328i starting at 38.350$.

Die 330d ist still sold in the US for roughly $40k. The 330i is no the 340i (new 6 inline) about $45k. This 330e p, I think is reasonably priced for the type of car and driving enthusiasts. I wonder what the front to rear ratio is on this car? Most are 50/50, even the i3.

I think anything below 40 mi of pure electric range these days is just a silly purchase. Even as a commuter, you need to have reliable charging at work to make use of it, which most people don’t have. The only plug in I would buy right now is a Volt, other than that, I’ll take a pure electric vehicle and hold tight for a Bolt, Model 3, or Leaf 2

Agreed. I just don’t get these plug-in-to-crawl-some-small-number-of-miles cars. Are they are all CARB plays? The Volt (I leased an ’11) made perfect sense to me: drive most of the time all-electric – enjoying the silence and response – without a performance penalty, add gas when taking longer trips. From that experience, I found that the modern EVs make perfect sense for me and now I have an e-golf.

What drew you to the e-golf over the Volt?

Right. If I worked at BMW, I would be embarrassed to present this clearly outdated technology to the public. At least match the Volt in AER. German engineering, what a laugh that is now.

Is Volt also AWD in all performance modes? Interior is completely out of the question, but let’s talk technology…

How does this price compare to a comparable 3-series?

Because we have had a couple requests (both here and a few emails) about what the comparables are for the 330e, I added in a EN on the subject in the story:

Editor’s note: Just in the way of comps, there is no longer a 330 petrol BMW sold in the US (that has moved up to 340i from $45,800), but the base 328i sedan retails from $38,350. The next closest comparable is likely the 328i xDrive sedan which retails from $40,350.”

10 thousand dollar price premium for a 7’ish kWh battery and a small electric motor? Thats, easily, more than a thousand dollar per kWh…

Thanks! $4k premium, that’s pretty good! I feel like that would have been the premium for an HEV not too long ago. This may be a fairly weak PHEV, but it still has about 10x the useable battery capacity of a HEV.

What a waste.

every car turns to waste at some point.

What happened to the vaunted “German engineering?” Apparently, it has gone into designing software to elude pollution testing.

As someone who has been burned by crappy (and expensive) GM cars over the years, I hate to admit it, but GM turned out a great product with the Volt. Even years later, no other manufacturer has been able to compete with a comparably priced plug-in hybrid, not even remotely. The Volt engineers at GM are truly world class.

Best case scenario:

22 miles per day for 365 days is around 8,000 miles on electric power.

The median Leaf is going about 10,000 miles per year.

So for the right buyer with the right driving patterns, it can save around 80% of the gas as a Leaf.

Is it optimal? Not really.

Better than nothing? Definitely.

Frankly, if this gets folks through the EV/PHEV door at a price that is competitive with a mid-level BMW (after tax incentives) then I’m OK with it. All while being hopeful for the 2nd gen stepping up their game.

Now if it ends up with real-world numbers of less than 15 miles of range, then it gets real hard to justify this vehicle outside of places in Europe where they drive much fewer miles per year than we do here in the US.

“The next closest comparable is likely the 328i xDrive sedan which retails from $40,350.”

If only the 330e was xDrive, and was comparable….

“I think anything below 40 mi of pure electric range these days is just a silly purchase.”

That would qualify over 99% of cars sold as silly purchases. While I agree that many of them are silly purchase, I wouldn’t say all. People have very different needs and budgets.

Right, I would say the same! Every car with a plug is good, because it replaces a pure gas car and changes perception of EVs.

The more choices the better.

As long as people use that plug. However when the plug is really slow and the battery has little capacity not everyone makes the effort to plug in out of their home.

55k will get you a cpo model s with 4/50k new car warrantee and the remains of the 8yr/unlimited mile warrantee..

this bmw is a waste in every possible way. this is 0 reason to have a car with such a tiny battery.