BMW 320e and BMW 520e make global debut, new entry-variant PHEVs with 204 PS/350 Nm

Shaun · Jan 27, 2021 11:17 AM

Unfortunately, the 320e Touring has a slim-to-none chance of being launched in Malaysia.

BMW Group has announced new plug-in hybrid variants for the BMW 3 Series and BMW 5 Series for the European market - the BMW 320e and BMW 520e.

Both the BMW 320e and 520e feature an identical powertrain that makes a combined output of 204 PS and 350 Nm of torque. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine alone makes 163 PS.

Drive is sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The BMW 320e will have an option for xDrive to power all four wheels.

The BMW 320e Sedan does 0-100 km/h in 7.6 seconds while the BMW 520e Sedan accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7.9 seconds. Both tops out at 225 km/h.

As for the claimed fully-electric range, the values for the electric range according to the WLTP test cycle are 48 to 57 kilometres for the BMW 320e Sedan and 41 to 55 kilometres for the BMW 520e Sedan. Both feature lithium-ion batteries with a total energy content of 12 kWh.

The high-voltage battery can be charged with a maximum of 3.7 kW from 0-80% of its total capacity in 2.6 hours and from 0-100% in 3.6 hours.

Back in Malaysia, the BMW 330e M Sport currently goes for RM 264,613 and the BMW 530e M Sport retails at RM 333,692 (prices quoted are OTR without insurance, with SST exemption and extended warranty + free service package).

If the BMW 320e or BMW 520e were to be introduced in Malaysia, it would likely be the new entry point for both models, priced below 320i/520i. So, would you like these to be launched here? 

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