Rumor Mill: The BMW M140e Hatchback to Feature a 400 HP Electrified Powertrain
Premium automaker BMW didn't mince words when it announced the company's electrification plan. As reported earlier, the German automaker's electrification plans are currently underway and running two years ahead of schedule.
BMW is adamant on introducing a wide-ranging electrified portfolio, which will include 25 new models that the automaker plans to introduce over the next four years. Now there are rumors surfacing of an electrified hot-hatchback dubbed the "BMW M140e."
What makes the electric hot-hatch just as exciting as offerings from BMW's is that the electric motor in the M140e is expected to churn out 400 horsepower.
The BMW M140e will likely replace the company's 1-Series M front-wheel-drive offering as a plug-in hybrid M performance variant for the 2020 model year. This performance model is expected to feature a 2-liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine capable of producing 300 hp of power and 295 lb-ft of torque.
The gasoline motor will come mated to an 80 horsepower electric motor producing a combined output of 400 hp and 369 lb-ft of peak torque. The electrified powertrain will likely be energized by a 35 kWh battery pack offering an estimated all-electric driving range of 50 to 70 miles.
To improve the powertrain's efficiency, BMW might also equip the upcoming electric hot hatch with water injection cooling system. It is also worth noting that out of 25 news electric vehicles proposed by BMW, 12 of them are expected to be plug-in hybrids, which makes this electric hot-hatch a very real possibility.
An electrified performance variant might also make it easier for BMW's loyal customer base to adopt the electrified lifestyle proposed by the company.
As of now, BMW has said that it is anticipating a 30% year over year increase in its electric vehicle sales and as a result of this anticipated growth, offerings like an electrified Rolls Royce Phantom and the upcoming Mini electric will join the company's lineup alongside the rumored M140e hatchback.
An update for the front-wheel-drive BMW 1-Series is already under development, but the company has not issued any statement officially addressing the rumors surrounding a possible M140e model.
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