New BMW 330e iPerformance Coming In 2019 With More Electric Range

OCT 27 2018 BY MARK KANE 109

BMW 330e to get electric range increased by a third.

BMW unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show its all-new 3 Series Sedan (ICE), which will hit the market on March 9, 2019. At first, there will be available only conventional versions (320i, 330i, 318d, 320d, 320xDrive and 330d), but the new 330e iPerformance plug-in hybrid should be ready in summer 2019 (in the U.S. in 2020).

According to BMW, the new 330e will be able to drive up to 60 km (37 miles) in all-electric mode, which is a third more than the current version. Because the current version is rated by EPA at 14 miles (22.5 km) on 7.6 kWh battery, we assume that the new version will be rated at maybe 19 miles (30 km).

System output to be 185 kW (215 kW with a boost) and 0-100 km/h (62 mph) will take about 6.0 seconds, which sounds the same as the current generation.

2020 BMW 330e iPerformance specs:

  • up to 60 km (37 miles) in all-electric range
  • our EPA range estimation: 19 miles (30 km) – a third more than current EPA at 14 miles (22.5 km) on 7.6 kWh battery
  • system output to be 185 kW (215 kW in a XtraBoost mode)
  • eight-speed Steptronic transmission
  • 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds

The all-new BMW 330e iPerformance

Here is what BMW says about the new 330e, images with general changes in new 3-series and some videos:

The all-new BMW 330e iPerformance

“Summer 2019 will see a further addition to the drive system portfolio in the form of a plug-in hybrid model. This new generation of the BMW 330e Sedan combines the exceptional driving dynamics of the sports sedan, unrivalled by any other manufacturer, with the latest BMW eDrive technology. At a provisional figure of up to 60 kilometres (37 miles)*, the electric range has increased by around a third compared with the predecessor model, while both the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of the new BMW 330e Sedan are down by more than 10 per cent – to 1.7 litres per 100 kilometres (166.2 mpg imp) and 39 grams per kilometre* (provisional figures).

In addition to these selling points, the intelligently controlled BMW eDrive technology imparts a hybrid-specific dimension to the driving enjoyment characteristic of the brand. The electric drive integrated into the eight-speed Steptronic transmission joins forces with the combustion engine to generate system output of up to 185 kW – or up to 215 kW when the newly developed XtraBoost mode is engaged. The BMW 330e Sedan can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds (provisional figure). Adding to the unique driving experience provided by this model variant, the power unit’s soundtrack reflects the plug-in hybrid mode engaged at the time to highlight either the characteristic sportiness of the BMW 3 Series Sedan or the almost silent gliding typical of all-electric driving. Due to the integration of the high-voltage lithium-ion battery under the rear seats and the positioning of the fuel tank above the rear axle, the introduction of BMW eDrive technology results in only a slight reduction in boot space. Almost the entire range of optional extras is available to encourage individualisation. Standard specification for the new BMW 330e Sedan includes pre-conditioning of the heating and climate control system.”

The all-new BMW 3 Series Sedan

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Isn’t this just their way of complying with updated WLTP ratings? the range is still worthless.

No the 330e was available during the NEDC days and the old electric range would still sail through the WLTP.

I agree to the complying with WLTP. I wouldn’t say the electric range is worthless, but it is still very disappointing.

In cold weather the worthless range becomes completely worthless. Why anyone would buy this over a Tesla M3 is beyond except if Tesla M3 is not yet being sold where you are. Then again I’d wait instead of buying this.

Let me answer that; The model 3 is not available. An EV is of limited use on highways going 80mph+. An EV is useless on the autobahn going 100mph+ for hours. An EV is expensive compared to an ICE or PHEV. Tesla has an unknown long term cost record (maintenance, resale value and so on). Towing a trailer with an EV is close to impossible (completely on highways). Electricity is expensive in many european countries (in Denmark it’s close to match gasoline – .38$/kWh). Tesla is not a high status vehicle in many EU countries – try and find one in Italy or France. Teslas cars look goofy compared to typical north european design. As stated elsewhere, many Tesla buyers trade in cheaper cars, so the customers are buying “out of their league” cars – not good for brand prestige when selling “luxury” cars. The current EV’s is not on par with the best from germany on comfort, luxury, noise and handling. Most EV sales in europe is in countries where taxpayers end up paying through incentives – Norway is the most scary example: Give me the thumbs down, but I am just the messenger. I have been in… Read more »
Ha! As to spotting Tesla’s on Road Trips: I see more on a shopping trip locally, per Km, than on any Road Trip! In the USA! On my May Trip from Toronto, Ontario, to Panama City Beach, Florida, I think I saw 3 or 4 Tesla’s; on my July Trip from Toronto to Orlando, Florida, maybe the same! But on a local trip up to Richmond Hill, and back, I saw 4 Model X, 2 Model S, and a Model 3! On a 70 Km round trip, over a few hours! How many you “See” is hardly an inducation of how many there are, since you also forgot to count other modes of transport, like Flights, where people can be found, traveling! As to “Look Goofy”, you failed to mention how Goofy the BMW i3 looks, and how it uses “Trapped Back Doors”, like an Extended Cab Pickup, instead of real doors, for example! No problem. As to Autobahn, just How Many Roads ARE encompassed under that title? And, a Model S has been demonstrated to cruise nicely there at 200 Kph, steady, by the way! Besides that, driving at such speeds just pours fuel out in an ICE Vehicle,… Read more »

I saw 8 Model 3s in Washington state driving around yesterday. Give up the FUD will you please.

Are you seriously claiming Tesla Model 3 is more expensive than BMW 330e?

Or that petrol isn’t even more expensive than electricity in Europe?

It’s nice to see someone who actually understands the faults of EV’s, which won’t be on my shopping list until solid-state batteries are mass produced at a reasonable price.

I don’t like plug-ins, either. Hybrids need a little more refinement and take years to make up for their additional cost. Until solid-state arrives, it’s 100% ICE for me.

Not in the Uk they are not.

So True…

Yep to be classified as plugin it must have 50 km of range.
WLPT is stricter by about 20% hence 20% more range/battery.

I wonder what would happen if by mistake they made it 21%.. probably limit it electronically… lol.

Why would they want to limit it? They are just being cheap — but they don’t have stakes in gas sales.

To be classified as a plugin it must…. wait for it…. be able to plug in. A very simple criteria.

Average range should be huge, like in insanely huge. At less than 2l/100km, the 40l fuel tank will be good for over 1200 miles.
Obviously in long trips, fuel consumption is closer to a “normal” car and range is just average.
I think you meant electric range, that is indeed small, but with such a low consumption I wonder if a big range BEV pollutes less – having in mind energy source for charging, pollution generated to make the cars and recycling – an interesting study.

There’s a bunch of studies out there, and most of them say that even a long-range BEV is better in almost all cases.

At least 40 miles of real EPA range, and then it’s a real option on the market.
Come on BMW, your engineers could surely do this.
Design for the market, not regulations.

No full electric no interest.

But interested enough to open the article and comment.

Yeah this is a forum that’s generally what people do here.

Clearly you have nothing of value to say.

Neither do you…

Ah, don’t be so “Persnipany!”


The phrase “too little, too late” seems to be BMW’s new motto. Not only do they not have any compelling EVs on the market (sorry, but the i3 causes nausea upon sighting) they have demonstrated they don’t understand where the market is already heading, fast.

What’s up with that “Twin-Pipe exhaust system” . What is the purpose of that?

Looks. Many like it, and cars that do have it may be a sporty model, and/or has a larger engine.

Could stuff a few more battery cells in that wasted space.

Double the pollution!

Good one ❗️

In theory, a high-powered engine can get a little extra power from a larger (and thus less obstructive) exhaust. In practice, the difference is probably negligible for an ordinary car, and it’s mostly just to give it a more sporty air…

…and what little performance gained us lost to additional weight.

It’s a plugin hybrid, one if for the combustion engine the other is for electron spills from the electric motor.

What does iPerformance mean when it can’t even win a drag race against the lowly RWD Model 3 ?

It’s means it a lowly PHEV.

It means they want to use the name to both confuse you and impress you

Maybe because this isn’t a car meant for drag races! Just wandering…

Drag racing is simply an all american sport. Nobody in Europe buys a car to have sub-5sec 0-60mph times. It’s about style and status when you buy a sporty car.

I just got 4 down votes, and just one positive. It seems many think this car is set for drag races! Wow, how fast people can judge based on ignorance!

“Proper” drag racing is indeed far less common in Europe — but people *do* race at traffic lights; and many buyers *do* look at acceleration as one of the major performance metrics.

Rather about handling curves and corners at high speed and driving at tracks.

I understand these low-AER PHEVs won’t get much love here at InsideEVs, but they do serve a purpose. There are a LOT of people that simply won’t even consider a fully electric car today. Many of these people go to a BMW dealer looking for a regular 3-Series and leave with a plug-in 330e. These cars get them into an EV when they really had no interest in them.

Then in 3 years when their lease is up, many will transition into a BEV because they realized that plugging in wasn’t a hassle, the performance in electric mode is great, and they love the efficiency of driving electric.

I do wish BMW and others would increase the AER of their PHEVs, and offer 30 – 40 miles of range, so the owners could really benifit from the electric driving experience. But they will eventually get there as battery tech improves and gets lighter and less expensive.

Point taken.

A very valid point indeed!

Well said. But I think the point about needing more range should be stressed more. For people to want to plug in regularly, the car needs to give them AER that’s worth the effort. If you go to all the effort of plugging in your car and then get a paltry 20 km of range, you’re going to pretty quickly come to the conclusion that plugging in really IS a hassle. This is especially the case for company cars, ESPECIALLY when the car comes with a gas card (which should be banned or severely limited, IMO). Company PHEVs like this essentially never get plugged in.

But the problem might be that with more AER, they become more expensive, and then the “regular” customers just wanting a BMW won’t buy them “just because the salespeople suggested it”.

Yes, that and packaging. They just can’t fit many much more battery in these cars, there’s limited available space.

Perhaps you are missing the point. The 330e is primarily an ICE car like all PHEVs.
We don’t need a BMW version of the Prius. We need a good BMW EV.
Hence this 20 year old technology is not well received.

Your comment might be considered dead on arrival.

Speaking of the Prius, I suppose the “Prime”, it will be interesting to see if Toyota plans a Response to this, with an improved Prime, for 2020, with a similar 35-40 Miles EV Range!?

I agree Tom and you make a good point, I just think we all wish BMW would do better because the I3 proves they can.

Meanwhile I think it obvious that the Model 3 is going to severely impact 3 series sales wherever the Model 3 is sold so I guess the market pressure that Tesla brings will force BMW to pivot more forcefully.

The TM3 hits not just the BMW 3 Series, but the 5 Series as well when you look at pricing, interior space and performance.
BMW is in deeeep doo doo if they can’t get their shift together.

“There are a LOT of people that simply won’t even consider a fully electric car today”… now do yourself a favor and click the plug-in sales scorecard button on the top right hand side. There you will learn that the best selling PHEV last month was Prius Prime at 2213 units vs 22250 Model 3s. Best selling BMW PHEV was 530E at a whopping 756 copies. So contrary to what you suggest the tech is ready and the demand is there, BMW is just not ready to meet it.

I guess as a BMW advocate it’s your job to make the best out of a bad situation but let’s face it, this is hardly the Model 3 fighter BMW desperately needs.

EVs (BEVs and PHEVs) account for a little over 1.5% of all vehicles sold in the US. So 98.5% of the public isn’t buying an EV. Granted, some of those would “consider” buying one, they just aren’t. So yeah, there are a LOT of people that won’t even consider a BEV today. PHEV’s, even low ARE PHEVs, get some people into a plug-in car that otherwise wouldn’t be.

A low-AER PHEV might not be the vehicle that you or I choose, but it works for many. I don’t think anyone believes BMWs PHEVs are going to be Tesla fighters, nor does BMW. I’ve been saying for years that BMW needs a long-range BEV, 5-seat sedan or CUV – maybe more than anyone else has. I do drive an i3s and love it, but very few people have been as critical as I have with BMW’s slow-walk to a long-range BEV.

This all makes perfect sense, and we really hope that people will better understand this concept with your excellent explanations.

So, do you believe, if BMW offered a BEV with style, and 250 Miles range, it would cost more than the new $46,000 US$ Mid Range Model 3, and attract Fewer Customers? Or that it would simply Cost So Much More, that it would turn people off, due to the Price Delta?

I suspect, though never realy shared by Tesla as a Long Planned option, the New “Mid Range” Model 3 will get a Lot of Traction, and if they Keep it, and offer it in a Non Premium variant at $5,000 lower ($41,000), it will take a lot more sales, than we expect!

A “Standard Range Model 3, in Premium Trim, would be $40,000, but 40 miles less range: so such customer choices would be interesting! Also a Base Model 3, in Dual Motor, the Same price: another interesting choice!

It definitely would cost more, probably much more. Tesla is small and moves quickly. BMW, and the other large OEMs, take many more years to bring a car to market than Tesla does, and they don’t have the problems that all early Teslas do because of this. I’ve talked to high-level reps from a few OEMs that respect what Tesla is doing, but also say when Tesla launches a new car, it’s equilivant to the Beta test cars that they make, which are a full year away from actual production. They can’t believe customers accept it, because they still don’t really what Tesla represents. They can’t get away with what Tesla can and it drives then nuts. 🙂

People who had no interest in EVs leave the dealer with a PHEV? Is there any actual evidence for that, or is that just wishful thinking?…

And does driving a half-hearted PHEV really help convince people that EVs are a better choice?…

Yes, there is evidence from the dealeships. Many more BMW iPerformance cars are sold to customers that came to the dealership looking for an ICE X5, 3-Series or 5-Series and left with the PHEV version, than those that came to the dealer looking for the PHEV specifically.

I work with dealers (of all makes) to help train their sales teams to better sell their plug-in offerings, and the BMW client advisers say time and time again that they explained how the fuel savings, combined with the tax credits and local incentives makes the iPerformance version actually cost less than the standard version, so people leave with the plug-in hybrid when they never even knew it existed before they came to the dealer.

Yes, driving a low-mileage PHEV does normalize EVs for many people. It also gets them used to pluggin in, and they realize it’s not as much a hassle as they thought it would be. The low AER leaves them wanting more, which they will probably get in their next vehicle.

Precisely, and well said! Thanks, Tom.

OK, I trust you are right on the sales. However, I still doubt that an inferior all-electric driving experience actually sells people on proper EVs… See Drchaos’s post below for what I mean.

I would have thought so once but now I’m not sure. I’m driving the 530e while my i3 is in the shop. Nice ride for some things (freeway cruising and very adjustable comfortable seats), but otherwise I miss the i3. Entirely unlike the i3, the electric mode on the 530e is the eco-penalty accountant mode, all the fun happens with the ICE in sport-mode (100% ICE with faster shifting). Otherwise it feels ponderous and heavy. The motor is low output, before the conventional fluid-based transmission, and with a driveshaft, differential and two large heavy wheels. There’s so much more delay and inertia—rotational and linear—vs the i3. Very different from the i3 (and probably every other direct coupled serious EV), where your brain commands the pedal and car responds immediately, fast enough that the delay is under your brain’s perception time delta (0.1 sec?) so that it feels like it is connected to your brain directly. Of course 530e’s off-go-pedal regen is pathetically low and you are mashing brake all the time. The simulated off-pedal creep is too high, jerky and awkward in the parking lot, and completely unnecessary. Plugging in every day gets a miniscule range boost and at the… Read more »

Despite the higher price the 530E is selling some 5000 units worldwide versus 2000 for the current 330E last month. Let assume its on account of the former having better electric range.

If comparative sales are a guide the 330E upgrade should catapult it to 10000+ per month once released.

I for one are happy for a phev with 25+mile range that would see me use next to no fuel.

Still need to drop the 8sp gearbox and embrace electric drive for cost and weight.

530E must have appeal in some markets but the US isn’t one of them with just 756 copies sold last month vs 22250 Model 3s. I wouldn’t hold my breath for 10K/month 330E once Model 3 becomes available in the markets that currently absorb BMW PHEVs in large numbers.

Out of the 3million or so evs sold next year Tesla will be 10-15%.

We need more than Tesla.

Yes, we do. But these inferior alibi-PHEVs are not a solution.

The 330e sales crashed last month, but 530e didn’t. I think the old 330e was simply discontinued entirely because of WLTP?…

It’s because the 530e often sells for the same price as the 530i, whereas the 330e is substantially more expensive vs the equivalent.

The 5-series is a new design and the PHEV part was designed-in, whereas the previous 330e was added on to the existing 3-series. Now, the 3 is probably getting the same technology as the current 530e.

Stupid,if you can’t make one with 60 miles EPA, just give it up!

I’d take a PHEV with 30-mile range over a more expensive 60-mile PHEV. My average daily commute is simply not long enough for the extra cost and weight to be worth it.

Name even one PHEV with a 60mi EPA (or equivalent) range.
I think a useful minimum (and that’s what should apply to getting incentives) should be 30-35mi. That would already cover all daily commuting/errand running for a very large percentage of the market (IIRC, over 50% in both Europe and the US).

GM Volt is close at 53 miles, at least!

Well, if you count the i3 REx…

(Admittedly, not quite the same category.)

BMW i3 REx. 🙂

Of course BMW can make a car with 60 miles EPA. They are not stupid, and doing so is very simple. The problem is not of a technical nature – it’s a price and acceptance from EU customers problem.
People on this board is willing to pay double the price of an car to go all electric, but 99% of the general population is not.

At current prices, adding some 10 kWh or so of extra battery capacity, to give it a decent electric range, should add at most $2,000 to the price…

But of course that doesn’t matter to the main target audience, which is people who do not really care about electric driving all that much, and are mostly just out for the incentives.

And of course a larger battery alone wouldn’t help much anyway, when the electric motor is underpowered to actually provide a good all-electric driving experience…

60 miles seems a pretty arbitrary requirement… Sure, more is usually better — but even just 35 or so would vastly increase the value.

(Small electric range is not the only downside of these alibi-PHEVs, though…)

Amazing range! Those German manufacturers are incredible, they’ll leave Tesla behind in no time.

PHEV gas mileage ratings are always very misleading. The only numbers that count should be: – what is the range in pure EV mode – what is the fuel consumption once the battery is depleted. That way, one can compare how efficient these vehicles are compared to a non plug in gas car. We have a second generation Volt that has a true 52 mile electric range and once the battery is empty, it gets about 41mpg. Still not as good as our Prius which gets about 45mpg but the Volt is much more fun to drive. The champ in our household is our Bolt which gets at least 235+ mile range in our mild climate. We will never buy another IC car again, just for the simple fact that our gas station is on our roof (solar) and I will never have to worry about a check engine light coming on or struggle to get a car through smog, or do an oil change or worry about a timing belt or have an expensive transmission fail. Like Teslas, software updates can be done in our driveway. I really wanted to buy a Model 3 but they were not available… Read more »

Fun piece of information: In a Gen1 Volt, the check engine light can come on if the charge port door is sticking. I had it happen to me last winter.

I guess anything to get to come to the dealership service department.

I agree it needs to be a POINT OF SALE Credit.

It should be noted that while some other cars are capable of limited OTA software upgrades now, they are generally not as comprehensive as Tesla’s…

(Though VW is claiming that their upcoming MEB platform will fix that.)

This is just the final proof that the traditional manufacturers can easily catch up and surpass Tesla, with their superior engineering, scale, and manufacturing prowess. Wait. I just read the article. It’s 2010 Volt technology in a 3 Series. Except not as good.

True, if this doesn’t stop Model 3 in its tracks I don’t know what will.

I Got Excited for a Moment , Thought it was a Real EV…Meanwhile It’s The Same 0ld Bullsh!t From BMW 🙁 . We shouldn’t Even Be Talking About This Hybrid Garbage …This is Suppose to Be An EV Car Site. 🙁

Just to bring you up to speed covers anything that’s even slightly electric w/a plug-in ‼️

If BMW doesn’t bring their Electric 3er out before 2020 they’re going to seriously regret it.

Doesn’t look like they have any plans for that. Apparently the i4 is supposed to be an all-electric equivalent to 3-series — but that won’t be available before 2021.

BMW will bring a BEV 3 Series.

Actually on the car above.

Hopefully very soon.

I have a hard time believing they will have both a BEV 3 series, and the separate i4 in the same class… Would seem rather redundant?

To be fair, this is an EV, if only to the extend it’s propelled by electrons from an external source, but yeah it’s also doubling down bridge tech in a post bridge tech era.

That’s a lot of extra coin just to be able to run gasoline.

Range is crap 💩. Move on

Any more and you carry around too much battery for day to day use.

There is too much heavy costly transmission and they could have made the ice the 3cyc 1.5 turbo

Most people don’t drive the same distance every day. Even if the range is enough to cover their basic commute, a longer range can still reduce combustion mileage significantly — easily making up for the slightly lower efficiency.

Should have had headlights like that myself. Laserlights reach up 2-3 times as far as the headlights my Ford has. Just to mention one advantage.

If I can’t floor it with a full battery without lighting the ICE it is still lagging the gen1 Volt in my opinion. And then there is that transmission…

Transmissions are part of their lucrative parts and service driven profits. Why would they want to eliminate that?

The Volt transaxle isn’t really much simpler than a traditional transmission I’d say…

Interestingly, the Honda Clarity did eliminate much of the normal ICE transmission, it’s almost like the ICE is in 4th gear always. The clarity is innovative engineering, but of course they made it look ugly instead of just like the Accord.

It’s not unique to the Clarity. The Volt and Prius do not have a traditional transmission either.

(Nor the Koenigsegg Regara 😉 )

The new 330e was likely tested on WLTP, so the 60 km/37 mi should be equivalent to ~29 mi EPA. So compared to the old 330e with 40 km/25 mi (NEDC) and 14 m (EPA) range respectively, it’d be doubling the range.

Yeah, I was wondering about that as well — I thought that all new cars (and this will be a 2019 model) have to use WLTP. Mark, in that case, shouldn’t the new 330e do better than 20mi EPA-equivalent? WLTP numbers are usually within 10%-15% of EPA.

Good point: if the range actually increased from 45 km NEDC to 60 km WLTP, that would be *much* more than just 1/3 improvement; and should actually make the all-electric range somewhat decent… Sounds likely too, considering that all the other specs we have seen thus far for various new PHEV models adjusted for WLTP have fairly decent ranges.

(Albeit generally still underpowered electric motors…)

Are we supposed to be impressed that In 2020 the 330e will have the same AER as the 2011 Chevy Volt?

I will take this over a Volt, lol.

The new 3 series has a drag coefficient of mere 0.23. Which means, they can make a BEV version that looks exactly like the normal 3 series without going for weirdmobile designs. Pitty they aren’t doing it.

Well, not exactly, since an underfloor battery likely has some effect on the overall shape? Should be close enough, though…

Impressive improvement, but why is it coming to USA in 2020. Still 2 diesel versions are sold. Ok, its going to take few more years to realize that diesel needs to be dumped.

Whatever – miserable range, overly complicated. Ditch the ICE already…