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The 2020 BMW X3 xDrive30e doesn't scrimp on sportiness

BMW's first plug-in version of the X3 delivers equal doses efficiency and fun.

Jake Holmes
While studying traditional news journalism in college, Jake realized he was smitten by all things automotive and wound up with an internship at Car and Driver. That led to a career writing news, review and feature stories about all things automotive at Automobile Magazine, most recently at Motor1. When he's not driving, fixing or talking about cars, he's most often found on a bicycle.
Jake Holmes
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The BMW X3 receives a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time ever this year.

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The car features a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed automatic transmission and a 12.0-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack under the rear seat.

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All-electric range is claimed at 28-31 miles, but be aware that US-market numbers, under the EPA's test cycle, will probably be very different.

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Total system output is 252 horsepower, with the 0-62-miles-per-hour run pegged at 6.5 seconds and top speed set at a healthy 130 mph.

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At full throttle the car's electric motor can add a 41-horsepower boost to the powertrain, adding a lot of immediacy and punch to the X3's performance.

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BMW has also said it will offer an all-electric X3 in 2020.

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The X3 fits into BMW's range of new-for-2019 plug-in hybrids, including the 330e, X5 xDrive45e and 745e.

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All four of these PHEVs launch in Europe this year, but some won't reach the US market until 2020.

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