The locally-built PHEV is expected to be launched at the end of the month, possibly priced between RM240,000 and RM260,000, which would make it just slightly above the 320i, which comes with a price tag of RM230,000, and about the same price as its competitor’s Mercedes-Benz C 200 Avantgarde and Exclusive.
Below is a Price vs Power comparison charge by the guys over at Carlist:
The BMW 330e is powered by a 2.0-litre, longitudinal-mounted inline-four petrol engine mated to an electric motor situated between the engine and transmission, with an eight-speed automatic transmitting power to the rear wheels.
Although its performance figures have not been released yet, Carlist reports the power unit produces a combined 248hp and 420Nm of torque.
Its acceleration is claimed to rival the 330i M Sport, going up to 100km/h from a standstill in a mere 5.9 seconds, only a tenth of a second less.
In full EV mode, the 330e can go up to 120km/h, and has a range of 22.5km on a full charge.
Cars that are supplied in North American markets feature a 5.7kWh battery supplementing an 87hp electric motor.
Charging time should be shorter than that of the X5 PHEV, which requires 3 hours and 50 mins on a domestic power socket.