Quick on the heels of the X5 xDrive40e’s successful arrival in Malaysia, it appears the BMW 330e iPerformance will be here next, as soon as the end August, in fact. Another juicy bit of information we can now offer is that the new plug-in hybrid model looks set to follow the X5’s outstanding pricing, with an indicative range of RM240k-RM260k!

That will put the 330e in between the 320i Sport Line (RM231,800) and 330i M Sport (RM297,800) in the local F30 LCI range. Effectively, it looks to replace the 320d and 320i M Sport models (previously priced at RM269k and RM259k respectively) in the line-up, both of which were discontinued earlier this year.

With the range indicated (RM240k-RM260k), it’s possible that BMW Malaysia will offer the 330e iPerformance in two flavours: Sport Line and M Sport. We will know soon enough, of course. The X5 xDrive40e, launched at RM388,800, undercutting all its rivals, comes in M Sport guise only.

Under the hood of the 330e will be a similar 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine, electric motor and eight-speed gearbox combo as the larger X5 xDrive40e and 740e. Here, though, the engine is rated at 180 hp and 290 Nm, paired with an 87 hp, 250 Nm electric motor. Combined system output is 248 hp and 420 Nm of torque, compared to 252 hp and 350 Nm for the petrol-only 330i.

The 330e iPerformance will get from 0-100 km/h in 6.3 seconds, on to a top speed of 225 km/h, very close to the 330i’s 5.8 seconds/250 km/h. But on the other hand, the plug-in hybrid model is claimed to average just 2.1 litres per 100 km, compared to 6.1 l/100 km for the 330i. The 330e also has an all-electric range of 22.5 km, at speeds of up to 120 km/h.

We will know more very soon. In the mean time, what do you think of the BMW 330e iPerformance, if the indicative price range proves accurate? A great way to take full advantage of the EEV scheme, don’t you think so?

GALLERY: BMW 330e on-location at Garching/Munich