BMW releases new entry-level hybrids for 3 and 5 Series

By CARSIFU | 27 January 2021

MUNICH: BMW is expanding its plug-in hybrid line-up with the introduction of the BMW 320e and 520e, both available in Sedan and Touring bodystyles from March.

The new entry-level variants consists of a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with 120 kW/163hp and an electric motor.

Together they generate a system output of up to 150 kW/204 hp and have a pure electric drive top speed of 140kph.

320e Sedan.
320e Sedan.

The intelligently controlled interaction of the combustion engine and electric motor delivers brand-typical hybrid-specific driving pleasure as well as outstanding efficiency.

The engine and electric motor combination transmit their drive torque to the rear wheels via the 8-speed Steptronic transmission or, to all four wheels as required with the help of the xDrive system.

320e Touring.
320e Touring.

In addition to 150 kW/204hp of system output, the spontaneous power delivery of the plug-in hybrid drive and the maximum system torque of 350Nm ensure high-level sprint capacity and sporty driving characteristics.

The new 320e Sedan accelerates from zero to 100kph in 7.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 225kph.

The corresponding figures for the 320e Touring are 7.9 seconds and 220kph, while for the new 320e xDrive Touring are 8.2 seconds and 219kph.

520e Sedan.
520e Sedan.

The new 520e Sedan accelerates from a standstill to 100kph in 7.9 seconds, and its top speed is 225kph.

Meanwhile, the new 520e Touring completes the same sprint in 8.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 218kph.

The BMW manufactured lithium-ion batteries offer a gross energy content of 12.0kWh and a capacity of 34Ah.

Under the WLTP test cycle, full electric driving range  are 48 to 57km for the 320e Sedan, 46 to 54km for the 320e Touring, 41 to 55km for the 520e Sedan and 45 to 51km for the 520e Touring.

With the two standard equipment charging cables, the new plug-in hybrids can also be charged at a conventional household socket as well as at a wallbox and public charging stations.

The high-voltage battery can be charged with a maximum of 3,7kW from 0 to 80% of its total capacity in 2.6 hours and from zero to 100% in 3.6 hours.