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BMW Sneaks in a Plug for New 2020 X3 Hybrid in America

BMW X3 xDrive30e (European model shown)

BMW’s popular X3 SUV will be gaining a plug-in hybrid variant, the xDrive30e. Going on sale in the spring of 2020, the plug-in hybrid X3 will offer a small amount of electric-only range in line with currently available BMW PHEVs. The X3 xDrive30e will be built alongside gasoline-only versions of the X3 at BMW’s Spartanburg, S.C., plant.

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U.S.-specific details are still being finalized, though BMW says the xDrive30e will have a 184-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor producing 109 hp for what BMW says is a total system output of 292 hp (that missing pony is likely the result of rounding). That will send power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and propel the X3 xDrive30e from zero-to-62 mph in 6.1 seconds, BMW says.

All-electric range for the U.S. is still being finalized — for Europe, BMW predicts a range of up to 34 miles and says the U.S. range will be around 20 miles — with an all-electric top speed of about 84 mph in Max eDrive mode or 68 mph in Auto eDrive.

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The X3 xDrive30e will come in Advantage, xLine, Luxury and M Sport variations. Pricing details and specifications will be finalized in early 2020 before it goes on sale in the spring. Check back in with us in the coming months for updates.

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