2015 BMW 3 Series eDrive Plug-In Hybrid spied cold weather testing

BMW is expanding its range of Plug-In Hybrid models and here we have our first spy shots of the new 3 Series eDrive Plug-In Hybrid, undergoing cold weather testing near the Arctic Circle in Sweden.

The prototype is almost identical to the standard 3 Series with camouflage on the driver side front fender, hiding small charging port cover. The passenger side has a similar disguise, but it clearly is not hiding anything and is nice and smooth.

Powertrain details are purely speculative, but it is very likely a similar powertrain found on the recently revealed X5 eDrive concept is under the bonnet, combining a TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine, a 95bhp electric motor and a lithium-ion battery.

This combination enabled the big X5 eDRive concept to accelerate from 0-62mph in less than seven seconds, while average fuel economy was 74.3mpg, and the range in purely EV mode up to 19 miles.

As the 3 Series is lighter and more compact we can expect better performance and fuel economy numbers with a similar powertrain.

The 3 Series eDrive Plug-in Hybrid is expected to debut later this year.


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