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BMW is to add three more plug-in variants to the 3-series range to complement the existing 330e PHEV saloon.

Due to arrive in the summer, the firm is adding the plug-in hybrid powertrain to the 3-series estate, while it is also offering four-wheel drive versions of both models.

According to BMW, the estate model returns a combined fuel consumption from 176mpg, combined power consumption from 15.7 kWh/100km and combined CO2 emissions from 39g/km, with electric-only range estimated to be up to 36 miles.

BMW 3 series phevs

The plug-in hybrid system of the BMW 330e Touring comprises the same a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine as the saloon and an offers an output of 184hp, along with an electric motor integrated in the eight-speed transmission, which generates a peak output of 113hp. The total system output of 252hp can be increased by an additional 40hp for up to 10 seconds to deliver a total of 292hp under especially high loads, BMW added.

All plug-in hybrid models in the new BMW 3 Series are fitted as standard with active pedestrian protection, BMW said, adding that when running on electric power at speeds of up to 19mph, an “unmistakeable” sound designed specifically for electrified BMW models is generated to alert other road users to the approaching car.

Standard equipment of the BMW 3 Series models with electric drive also includes 3-zone automatic air conditioning and auxiliary air conditioning, along with an automatic anti-dazzle interior mirror, parking assistant and a rear view camera with automated parking functionality, including reversing assistant.

The interior also features BMW  ConnectedDrive system, which includes full voice control in addition to an infotainment system which  includes full navigation, Remote Services, Apple CarPlay and Connected Music as standard.

Prices for the new models have not been confirmed at this stage.