BMW’s latest plug-in hybrid is finally coming to the US, with the 2021 330e and 330e xDrive arriving at US dealerships in May 2020. As with earlier versions, you might not realize it’s a hybrid at all at first glance. Unlike the i-badged cars, BMW plays its mainline EVs relatively conservatively.
So, you get a 2.0-liter twin-turbo gas engine and an electric motor, with an 8-speed transmission and either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Electric range is up to 22 miles in the 330e – the AWD xDrive drops two miles from that – while 0-60 arrives in 5.6 seconds. Total system power is 288 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque with XtraBoost.
As you’d expect there’s no shortage of tech, with recent BMW features for hands-off driving on low-speed congested highways, auto-parking, and navigation integration into the transmission. With the li-ion battery under the rear seats, there’s no real sacrifice on trunk space, either.