It's now being reported that BMW's next plug-in vehicle to launch will be a PHEV 3 Series.

BMW Concept5 X5 eDrive

BMW Concept5 X5 eDrive

Caught testing in wintry conditions, the 3 Series PHEV is supposedly set to enter production before the end of this year.

In fact, Autocar says the plug-in hybrid 3 Series has an expected launch set for this summer.

We suspect that the plug-in 3 will have an electric-only range of just over 20 miles and top speed in electric mode is expected to be 75 mph.

As for the engine, it's likely that the PHEV 3 Series will make use of the same turbocharged 4-cylinder that was featured in the BMW Concept X5 eDrive, a vehicle first seen at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.  The electric motor will likely put out 95 hp.

If indeed the PHEV 3 Series launches this summer, then it'll become BMW's third plug in currently in production (BMW i3 and BMW i8 are the two plug ins from BMW currently in production)

Pictures of the car winter testing can be found at Autocar

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