Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: BMW | posted September 03, 2015 12:29
BMW previews the 225xe plug-in hybrid
The BMW 2-Series Active Tourer will soon be available as a plug-in hybrid after the company previewed the 225xe ahead of its scheduled global debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Sporting the practicality of a MPV and fuel saving benefit of a hybrid, the 225xe is the BMW's latest addition in their growing lineup of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs).
The 225xe's hybrid powertrain consist of a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-three that is paired up with an electric motor and a 7.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The engine produces 136 PS and 220 Nm of torque while the rear electric motor puts out 88 PS and 165 Nm of torque.
Combined, the 225xe's total output is rated at 224 PS and 385 Nm of torque. Like most PHEVs, the 225xe can be set on pure electric power (RWD), pure engine power (FWD) or combined (AWD).
In terms of performance figures, the MPV is capable of accelerating from 0 – 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds along with a top speed of 202 km/h. Moreover, BMW claimed that the plug-in hybrid MPV has a combined fuel consumption that averages between 50km/l to 47km/l. Topping it all of is its 41 km all-electric range that has a top speed of 125 km/h.
Recharging the depleted battery can easily be done in 3 hours and 15 minutes. Those that prefer a faster charging time can get the BMW i Wallbox that reduces charging time to 2 hours and 15 minutes.
The BMW 225xe will go into production later in Germany.