The German house has decided to present an entry level version for the world of electrification. Let's find out together.

Several years ago the BMW # 320 was one of the best-selling cars for a perfect mix of factors. Compact but still sporty and aggressive at the right. Really liked the trimmed tail of a hatchback that was perfect for both families and young people.

Over time, the importance of the BMW 320 has decreased as well as people's propensity to consume. More and more people have been advocating a change related to SUVs.

Currently, small cars and SUVs are the most requested segments of the market and this does nothing but force car manufacturers to selectively refine other types of cars trying to provide something impeccable in several respects.

This is the reasoning that BMW has made in order to renew the 320 once again in a plug-in version between efficiency and driving pleasure.

The mantra of everything is a mix of energy efficiency, economic savings and driving pleasure. In order to address the course on this area, BMW has inserted a 2-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine with 163 horsepower and an electric motor with a maximum power of 113 horsepower under the hood. By combining the two engines, a maximum power of 204 horsepower is obtained.

The thrust that is therefore produced by the union of these two engines is also important thanks to the 8-speed steptronic gearbox. The maximum torque that can be developed is equal to 350 horsepower, which ensures acceleration and decidedly sporty characteristics. The acceleration time manages to reach 7.7 seconds with a top speed of 225 km / h.

On the other hand, as regards the maximum speed in a totally electric setting, it is possible to reach even 140 km per hour.

Using the hybrid engine inside the city, it is possible to obtain great savings in everyday life, especially by taking advantage of the electric mode. The batteries are lithium-ion and allow for an energy content of 12 kWh. In this way, the electric range according to the WLTP cycle is about 48 km for the sedan version and 46 km for the station wagon version.

BMW has decided to make significant use of regenerative braking in order to recharge the car's battery. Obviously this beautiful 320e can be recharged using cables donated as standard in addition to the conventional socket, but also through the classic public charging station. Using the high voltage the car can be recharged in just 2.5 hours.

Currently no information has been given related to the price of this new sedan but it is assumed that they are slightly higher than the traditional version, i.e. the petrol version or the diesel version.

However, BMW's choice is very clear, namely that of going to use the modernity of hybrid drive within a must-have product of the late 90s that has really driven both families and young rampants crazy.

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