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2017 BMW 330e iPerformance plugs in to US market (pictures)

BMW's i3 and i8 plug-in technology has trickled down to its high-volume 3 Series.

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2017 BMW 330e iPerformance
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The 330e iPerformance has three different eDrive modes.

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It's largely indistinguishable from other 3 Series models.

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BMW's 330e iPerformance starts at $44,695 in the US.

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The 330e iPerformance offers 14 miles of EV-only range.

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While it's not expected to be a huge model volume-wise, that doesn't mean it's not important to BMW's portfolio.

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The 3 Series is a ubiquitous fixture on the world's roads.

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Urban-cycle driving is where the 330e iPerformance will likely be at its most efficient.

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0-60 happens in 5.9 seconds, not that you should attempt such feats in the city.

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Top speed is listed at 140 mph.

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The 330e iPerformance is expected in dealers this spring.

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The 330e musters a 75-mph electric-only top speed.

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At least for the moment, the 330e iPerformance will be rear-wheel drive only. No xDrive model has been announced.

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Inside looks largely standard-issue 3 Series.

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It's not immediately clear if BMW will offer the same level of personalization with the 330e's interior as it does with other 3 Series models.

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This particular model's cabin looks a bit dour in black, leavened only by silver trim bits.

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Despite the additional hybrid guts, BMW has preserved the 3 Series' fold-down rear seats.

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The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder seen here is also found in the lowest-priced 3 Series, the 320i.

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You can have any transmission you want, as long as it's an eight-speed automatic.

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"iPerformance" badges apparently didn't fit on the trunk lid, so BMW wisely limited this model's call-out to "330e."

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The 330e's battery can be charged in roughly 30 minutes with the company's 240-volt Level II charger.

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The 330's 7.6-kWh battery is built from lithium-ion cells.

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A standard 120-volt outlet will take a 6-7 hours to fully charge the 330e's battery.

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The 330e's front fender charge port is one of the only ways you'll be able to recognize this PHEV 3 Series on the street.

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Between its gas engine and its electric powertrain, total system output sits at 247 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.

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A home charging station will cost extra.

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BMW's twin-kidney grille continues to dominate the 3 Series' face.

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The eDrive mode selector sits adjacent to the gearshift lever on the center console.

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