Just what good will come when Mercedes-Benz and BMW trade punches? Once in a while, you get a knockout blow like the tax-exempted Mercedes-Benz S400L Hybrid, then the BMW X5 xDrive40e M Sport. This time, as per reported by our peers at Carlist.my, BMW Malaysia is set to introduce the 330e plug-in hybrid, and will cost anywhere between RM240k to RM260k.
A brief summary of the spec sheet shows that it will be powered by a 2.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engine, paired to a electric motor situated between the engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission. The combined output produces about 248 hp and 420 Nm of torque, sending drive to the rear wheels. It sprints from 0 to 100km/h in 5.9 seconds, and boasts a full electric range of 22.5km.
At RM240k, the 330e is nearly RM60k cheaper than the comparable 330i M Sport (252 hp, 350 Nm), and is positioned just above the 320i Sport (184 hp, 290 Nm) which retails for RM231,800. In comparison, the two Mercedes-Benz C200 variants hover between the RM250k mark, while the more powerful C250 commands a RM288k asking price. Make no mistake, the 330e really gives great value.
Slated for market introduction by the end of August, the 330e, like the rest of the 3-Series, will be locally assembled. If this isn’t going to take the market by storm, we don’t know what will. Another A6 Hybrid repeat, anyone?