2016 BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid Specs and Price

2016 BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid review about price, design, release date and spme other information.When it comes to the luxury sedan segment, BMW is set to extend its dominance in the market for plug-in hybrids when it launches the 2016 BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid. In the hybrid segment, there has been intense battle being waged by the leading car manufacturers, and it is only natural that BMW also threw its hat into the ring.

However, the most pressing concern for drivers is how much range to expect from BMW’s latest electric vehicle, and the car manufacturer is offering 22 miles of pure electric running for its latest version of the 3 Series.

2016 BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid rear

2016 BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid Fewer lithium-ion cells

Compared to its main rivals, 22 miles is a shorter range, but BMW is hoping that it will provide the vehicle with some advantages. For starters, the vehicle will have fewer lithium-ion fuel cells, which will make it cheaper. A smaller battery will also be easier to fit amongst the rear-drive hardware, while the complete hybrid component set-up is going to weigh less. However, if this doesn’t go according to plan, many people might opt for other car makes that can allow them to charge their vehicle once, instead of two or more times a day.

2016 Audi A8 e-tron Hybrid inside

Refrigerant coolant

The lithium-ion battery is mounted on the rear of the vehicle, and it is cooled with a refrigerant. This is great news because the refrigerant-based system is more effective. However, such a system is complex, carries a lot of weight and volume apart from being more expensive. The complexity and bulk of such a system presents significant challenges to car designers, and it’s no surprise that in this car, its housing has pushed the floor of the trunk by over an inch.

2016 BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid front side

Engine of 2016 BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid

The BMW development team is working on securing the future of their vehicles to make them comply with emission laws. A plug-in version will therefore be available for every model being sold by the car manufacturer. The team has therefore given the car a 2-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder gas engine, which will offer 180 horsepower with 236 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which will send power to its rear axle. However, within the vehicle’s transmission, the torque convertor has been replaced with a torque transmission, which works precisely with its input shaft and little energy will be wasted.

2016 BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid engine system

2016 BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid Performance

When you combine the two power plants, which the car does in the sport mode, you can get 245 horsepower with 295 lb-ft of torque. You can also run the electric engine up to the 75 mph mark. The good thing is that the vehicle can do 118 mpg, although on tests that have been optimized for a plug-in. The vehicle will always start in the electric mode, and so it is ready for action at the push of a button. It also offers various driving modes, which include Max eDrive and EcoPro.

2016 BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid wheel

2016 BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid Pricing and Release Date

The 2016 BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid is expected to be unveiled in early 2016. We expect the vehicle to be priced at a similar level with the 321i, which at the moment starts below $45,000.

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