Seeing its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, the BMW X3 xDrive30e combines the versatile properties of a premium mid-range sports activity vehicle with cutting-edge BMW eDrive technology.
Its robust characteristics, sporty driving performance figures and all-wheel drive system BMW xDrive – also active when running on electric power alone – are combined with outstandingly low levels of fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.
Due to the use of the very latest battery technology, the BMW X3 xDrive30e achieves an electrically powered range of up to 31 miles. Thanks to BMW eDrive technology, its combined fuel consumption is up to 98mpg with CO2 emissions reaching 56g/km.
The plug-in hybrid system in the BMW X3 xDrive30e consists of a 4-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and an electric motor. Both drive units put their power on the road – or unsurfaced terrain – via an 8- peed Steptronic transmission and the intelligent all-wheel drive system. Their joint system output of 185 kW/252hp can be increased by up to 30 kW/41hp by temporary use of the electric motor’s peak output. The BMW X3 xDrive30e takes just 6.5 seconds (provisional figure) to accelerate from zero to 62mph.
The latest BMW plug-in hybrid model is fitted with a lithium-ion battery which is positioned under the rear seat in order to save space. With a luggage volume of 450 litres, the transport capacity of the BMW X3 xDrive30e is at the level of those model variants which are fitted with a conventional engine.