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2021 BMW 330e gets company's new PHEV drivetrain that includes a boost function

BMW recently redesigned its 3 Series. The 2021 BMW 330e is the latest model to be added to the 3 Series lineup.

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BMW is adding the 330e sedan to its lineup for the 2021 model year. The sedans feature the next-gen BMW plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) drivetrain and a new power boost function that delivers additional output off the line for drivers looking for a more exhilarating drive experience.

Offered in 330e and 330e xDrive (rear and all-wheel drive) variants, the models both have a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that yields 181 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That engine pairs with an electric motor that develops an additional 107 horsepower and 77 pound-feet of torque.

The engine and motor work in tandem with a 12-kWh lithium-ion battery that is located beneath the car's rear seats. The car has 22 miles of all-electric range and an estimated 75 MPGe rating (67 MPGe for the all-wheel drive model).

The system is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

New XtraBoost functionality enhances power and performance when the car's throttle is in the kick down position and in Sport mode. It provides an immediate 40 horsepower increase for a period of 10 seconds.

The car can operate on purely electric power at speeds up to 68 mph. Emissions-free driving is available up to 87 mph.

The BMW 330e accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds (5.7 seconds for the 330e xDrive Sedan). Both models feature an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph when equipped with all-season tires. When equipped with summer performance tires, the 330e Sedan reaches a top speed of 142 mph (140 mph for the 330e xDrive model).

BMW has equipped the model with the most modern technology is has in its 3 Series sedan, including phone as key functionality.

Amazon and BMW have teamed up to offer a 240-volt/Level II wall charging unit for sale, including installation services. By visiting www.amazon.com/bmwcharging, customers can find out charging times for their specific vehicle, choose from a selection of best-selling charging units and compare prices, with and without professional installation. An installation estimate is provided based on a simple three-question survey and the customer's zip code.

The model goes on sale later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to its on-sale date.

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The new package gives the three-row SUV a more assertive look.

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Kia Telluride buyers will soon have one more option box they can check when ordering their three-row SUV. The company announced a new Nightfall Edition package that equips the model with black features, including wheels.

The 2021 Kia Telluride Nightfall Edition package is available on Telluride EX AWD (with Premium Package), SX AWD, and SX Prestige models covered in Snow White Pearl, Everlasting Silver, Gravity Gray, Ebony Black, Sangria, Black Copper, Dark Moss, or the new Wolf Gray paint job. Wolf Gray is only available to models equipped with the Nightfall Edition package.

The package only includes exterior elements. Its product list features a newly designed radiator grille with a black finish and 20-inch black-finished wheels with black lug nuts and center caps, which are Nightfall Edition exclusives. It also has gloss black roof rails, greenhouse trim, lower door side molding, skid plates, front bumper side air-duct garnish, and badging. The SUV's LED headlights and fog lights feature a black inner bezel (not available on EX) and body-colored door handles (already standard on EX).

"The Telluride Nightfall Edition offers a new choice to our customers who prefer a more assertive and premium look to their family hauler or weekend adventurer," said Sean Yoon, President & CEO, Kia Motors America, Kia Motors North America. "Our biggest and boldest offering's already lofty appeal elevates with the addition of this special package."

The 2021 Telluride Nightfall Edition will arrive in showrooms beginning in the second half of the year. Pricing has not yet been announced.

The SUV is made in West Point, Georgia alongside the Sorento, which was redesigned for 2021, and Optima, which has been renamed and redesigned for the new model year.

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NuVinAir ReKlenz-X is safe for use in vehicles and can be used without damaging the interior.

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With the onset of COVID-19, the public is more aware than ever of cross-contamination, which extends from your home to your business to your car, and beyond. Today, NuVinAir announced that its latest product, ReKlenz-X, has gotten approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an eco-friendly disinfectant.

ReKlenz-X kills 99.9 percent of germs, bacteria, and viruses in a vehicle's interior without compromising the integrity of the cabin. The product is on the EPA's "List N", which includes disinfectants for use to combat SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

NuVinAir ReKlenz-X The clear eliminates 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses.Photo courtesy of NuVinAir

"NuVinAir has proudly been at the forefront of helping ensure healthier commutes to drivers and passengers since launching in 2015. Adding this EPA-approved, oxygen-infused product that actually kills what's behind the coronavirus gives us an exciting extension to our 'Total Health' application," said Kyle Bailey, NuVinAir Global's chief executive officer and founder. "Our science-backed ReKlenz-X disinfectant cleans, protects, and disinfects safely and effectively — it's everything our automotive partners need in guaranteeing their customers' confidence in a safer, healthier vehicle."

To clean, the proprietary product uses an oxygen-enriched formula to quickly kills bacteria and viruses by destroying their cell walls through a process called oxidation. According to NuVinAir, ReKlenz-X contains no harsh chemicals, sticky residue, or dangerous volatile organic compounds. The result is a disinfected vehicle with no chemical smell.

ReKlenz-X is available in 32-ounce spray bottles through automotive dealerships, detail shops, rental-car companies, service centers, and vehicle fleets.

"Until now, any possible solution for killing the coronavirus was wrought with harmful chemicals, expensive equipment, and residue-leaving application devices that destroy the vehicle's interior," said Troy Blackwell, Chief Operating Officer for NuVinAir Global. "As a disinfectant and sanitizer, it can be applied to all interior vehicle surfaces using a microfiber towel. Paired with our premier detailing solution, ReNuSurface, as well as our patented Cyclone treatment, it takes deep cleaning to a whole new level for our automotive partners and their customers."

Dallas, Texas-based NuVinAir sells their products through a franchise system, similar to Line-X's business model.

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