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BMW prices 330e iPerformance ahead of summer arrival

by Justin King

The hybrid 3-Series boasts a combined 248 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.

BMW has announced US-market pricing, specifications and launch details for the 330e iPerformance.

Borrowing eDrive powertrain innovations from the i3 and i8, the 330e represents an expansion of hybrid technology to BMW's most successful model. Shared engineering includes the battery, electrical management system and direct cooling system.

The hybrid 3-Series will sell for $44,695 (including freight). The MSRP represents a premium of approximately $11,500 over the entry-level non-hybrid package, $6,300 above the 328i and slightly below the 340i.

The sedan integrates a four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine with 180 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque. A single electric motor provides an additional 87 ponies and up to 184 lb-ft of twist for a brief burst, depending on the position of the accelerator pedal. It is unclear if the electric motor will provide maximum torque within the gasoline engine's peak torque range, which would equate to 399 lb-ft. In any case, without the burst mode activated, the combined output is quoted as 248 hp and 310 lb-ft.

A 7.6kWh battery provides enough power to run on electricity alone for up to 14 miles and at speeds of up to 75 mph. The range figure is slightly less than the 22 miles cited for other markets. Drivers can look forward to a zero-to-60 mph sprint in 5.9 seconds, with a top speed of 140 mph.

The 330e iPerformance is slated to arrive in showrooms sometime this summer.

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