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2022 BMW 3 Series Hybrid to retain its tech specs – Report

The 2022 BMW 3 Series is prepping for its launch next year, however, there is news that the company won’t be changing the powertrain options, making this intervention about new cosmetics and upgraded equipment.

Design

Earlier, in July, leaked images of the BMW 3 Series facelift surfaced pointing to a number of changes. As explained by autobild.de, the front bumper, for example, has been reworked as have been the headlamps featuring a sharper design and inverted DRLs when compared to the current model. Traditionalists can also take comfort in the fact that the facelift will not be getting the large kidney grilles and will instead make do with a fairly sleek set-up. These changes are reflected in the render constructed by Instagram channel Germany’s Finest, set as the article’s featured image.

A number of changes are expected on the inside of the 2022 BMW 3 Series. For one, the curved display from the BMW iX and the i4 is likely to make its way to the 3 Series next year. This would also mean that the new iDrive 8 will be featured. The upgraded system implements a variety of new features such as new graphics and a voice assistant that supports natural dialogue. Additionally, the user can name the voice assistant whatever they would like. The system also gets 5G mobile network connectivity as well as the BMW Digital Key Plus feature.

Powertrain

But the all-important question about the hybrid powertrain options was answered by bmwblog.com. Citing the publication’s sources, the report suggests that BMW will be sticking to the current lineup of engines along with the plug-in hybrid variants, the 320e and the 330e. However, for the first time, buyers in China will get the option of a pure-electric BMW 3 Series (BMW i3 sedan) next year.

2021 BMW 3 Series 320e hybrid variant
The new BMW 3 Series 320e (pictured) was introduced in March 2021 and looks set to continue unchanged on the facelift. Image: BMW

BMW 320e

The 320e is the newer powertrain option having been released only in March 2021. It features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and churns out 120 kW/163 hp. When mated to the electric motor, the car has a combined power output of 150 kW/204 hp, and a combined torque output of 350 Nm. The 320e uses a 12 kWh battery pack to power the electric motor. BMW says the battery can charge at a maximum of 3.7 kW from 0-80 per cent in 2.6 hours and 0-100 per cent in 3.6 hours. The 320e gets a WLTP certified all-electric range of 52-61 km.

BMW 330e

The 330e is also powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine but this generates 135 kW/185 hp. This is then mated to an electric motor integrated into the transmission that produces 83 kW/113 hp. Combined power output sits at 215 kW/292 hp while torque from both motors comes in at 420 Nm. The 330e also uses a 12 kWh battery pack to power the electric motor. This charges on the go from braking and coasting and can also be plugged into a normal wall socket to charge from 0-80 per cent in 4.2 hours and 0-100 per cent in 5.7 hours.

Using the BMW i Wallbox, on the other hand, this charging can be done from 0-80 per cent in 2.6 hours and 0-100 per cent in 3.6 hours. The 330e gets a WLTP certified all-electric range of 52-60 km.

Specifications

SpecificationBMW 3 Series 320eBMW 3 Series 330e
Engine2.0-litre 4-cylinder2.0-litre 4-cylinder
Electric motorSynchronous electric motor integrated into gearboxSynchronous electric motor integrated into gearbox
Combined Power150 kW/204 hp215 kW/292 hp
Combined Torque350 Nm420 Nm
Battery capacity12 kWh12 kWh
0-80 per cent charging time2.6 hours at 3.7 kW2.6 kW at 3.7 kW
Acceleration 0-100 km/h7.6 seconds5.8 seconds
Top speed220 km/h230 km/h
Top speed on full electric140 km/h140 km/h
Electric-only range (WLTP certified)52-61 km52-60 km

The 2022 BMW 3 Series is expected to be unveiled early next year with a launch in the following months.

Featured image: BMW 3 Series Hybrid render by Germany’s Finest Instagram channel.