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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