BMW x5 xDrive40e - Image Credit: Michael Beinenson / InsideEVs

BMW x5 xDrive40e - Image Credit: Michael Beinenson / InsideEVs

BMW is releasing both the X5 xDrive40e and 330e to showrooms in Australia this month.

Plug-ins haven't typically sold well in Australia, but perhaps that will change as more options come to market, and pricing for some models (including these 2 BMWs) drop over time.

2016 BMW 330e

2016 BMW 330e

The new models' goals are to “reinforce BMW’s commitment to sustainable mobility by offering a plug-in hybrid alternative within the brand’s two highest-selling model ranges."

Both models are equipped with four-cylinder, turbocharged engines.

The plug-in 3 Series produces 185kW (252 HP) with a 0-100 km (0-62 miles) time of 6.1 seconds. The X5 PHEV pushes 230kW (308 HP) with a 0-100 km time of 6.8 seconds.

The cars were both marketed to allow drivers to do the majority of their commute on only electricity, according to BMW. The 3 Series PHEV will cost $71,900 ($51,121 U.S. dollars) and can go 37 km (23 miles) on only electric and the X5 plug-in will cost $118,900 ($84,538 U.S. dollars) and and can go 31km (19 miles).

For simple comparative purposes, the Tesla Model S starts at $141 000 ($104,000 USD) in Australia.

Source: CarAdvice, Headline News