BMW has finally rolled out the plug-in hybrid version of the X3, and it’s available in the sole xDrive30e variant. Power comes from a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology, combined with an electric motor to produce a total system output of 252 hp.

It’s exactly the same system lifted off the G20 BMW 330e, and comes complete with XtraBoost, which is an on-demand system that bumps output to 292 hp at the touch of a button. Key performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 210 km/h.

BMW hasn’t revealed the capacity of the X3’s battery pack, but it likely shares the same 12 kWh lithium-ion unit as the G20 330e (here it gets 66 km of zero emissions range), positioned underneath the rear seats – boot space is down by 100 litres to 450 litres because of this. The plug-in hybrid SUV has a combined fuel economy of between 1.8 litres per 100 km to 2.0 litres per 100 km, along with CO2 emissions of 49 grammes per km.


BMW’s latest range of plug-in hybrid vehicles

Drive is channeled to the xDrive all-wheel drive system via an eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox, and being a PHEV, it also gets regenerative braking. The X3 xDrive30e is available in basically any trim you fancy, and that includes the M Sport variant. Production of the X3 PHEV will begin next month, and will be joined by an all-electric X3 model that’s due to debut next year.

Meanwhile, BMW also revealed that it will introduce the X1 xDrive25e plug-in hybrid next year. The baby SUV is tipped to receive the same system found in the F45 225xe Active Tourer, which uses an electrified 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine that produces a combined output of 221 hp and 385 Nm of torque. Of course, this isn’t confirmed yet, but expect an official announcement to be made within the next few months.