BMW officially revealed today the first photos with its 3-Series Plug-In Hybrid Prototype as well as the first details of its upcoming vehicle. According to the Bavarian carmaker, the 3-Series Plug-In Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine as well as by an electric motor. The total output delivered by the hybrid system is 245 hp and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.
The big surprise is that fuel consumption of this vehicle is just 2 l/100 km (140 mpg), while CO2 emissions are 50 g/km. Using just the electricity stored in the lithium-ion battery, the 3-Series Plug-In Hybrid offers a range of 35 km (22 mph), while top speed is 120 km/h or 74.5 mph.
The electric motor and power electronics found on the plug-in hybrid prototype are based on the BMW eDrive technology found on the BMW i3 and BMW i8 models. Just like any other hybrid model, the 3-Series Plug-In Hybrid will offer three different driving modes: Comfort, Sport and Eco Pro.
Each mode shows different suspension settings as well as different shift characteristics for the 8-speed Steptronic transmission. BMW says that its plug-in hybrid model will offer performance figures comparable with the 3-Series six-cylinder model, combined with a significant reduction in fuel consumption.