BMW unveils 320e and 520e hybrid electric vehicles in Europe

Dwaipayan Roy
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BMW unveils 320e and 520e hybrid electric vehicles in Europe
BMW unveils 320e and 520e hybrid electric vehicles in Europe

28 Jan 2021: BMW unveils 320e and 520e hybrid electric vehicles in Europe

BMW has unveiled plug-in hybrid models of its 3 Series and 5 Series cars, called the 320e and 520e, respectively, in Europe. They will go on sale in March.

As for the highlights, the two cars look sporty and offer feature-packed cabins. They run on a PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) powertrain with a combined output of 205hp of maximum power.

Here's our roundup.

Exteriors: BMW 320e, 520e: At a glance

Both the BMW 320e and 520e have an eye-catching look, featuring a sloping roofline, a muscular bonnet, the company's signature kidney grille, a wide air dam, and sleek LED headlights as well as taillamps.

They are flanked by blacked-out B-pillars, ORVMs, and designer alloy wheels.

As for the dimensions, the cars have a wheelbase of 2,810mm and 2,975mm, respectively.

Interiors: A peek inside the cabin

The BMW 320e and 520e have a spacious 5-seater cabin with auto climate control, rear AC vents, parking sensors, and a multifunctional power steering wheel.

The cars house a touchscreen infotainment system enabled with support for the latest connectivity features.

For safety, there are multiple airbags, ABS with EBD, crash sensors, an engine immobilizer, and a vehicle stability control system.

Engine: Power and performance

The BMW 320e and 520e draw power from a 163hp, 2.0-liter petrol engine that comes mated to an electric motor. The combination delivers 205hp/350Nm and is linked to an 8-speed automatic gearbox with an optional xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

The powertrain delivers an all-electric range of 48-57km for the 320e and 41-55km for the 520e, depending on the variant.

Battery info: The cars are fueled by a 12kWh battery

The BMW 320e and 520e pack a 12kWh battery which can be recharged from 0-80% in 2.6 hours and to full capacity in around 3.6 hours.

When it comes to performance, the 320e is able to sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.6 seconds in the non-xDrive form while the 520e takes 7.9 seconds to accelerate from 0-100km/h.

Pocket-pinch: What about the pricing?

The pricing and availability details of the BMW 320e and 520e entry-level PHEVs will be announced at the launch event in March.

If they arrive in India, they should cost slightly more than the standard 3 Series and 5 Series models, which start at Rs. 42.60 lakh and Rs. 56 lakh, respectively (both prices, ex-showroom, New Delhi).

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