BMW continues to expand its model line up that comes with plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology which they claim combines performance with far less carbon emissions. The latest PHEV to come out of Bavaria is this: the 2021 X2 xDrive 25e.
Powered by a three-cylinder engine and an electric motor that powers the rear axle, BMW claims that this particular X2 is not only environmentally-friendly but also offers adequate performance when needed.
While this plug-in hybrid X2 only comes with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo that puts out 125 PS, it has an electric motor that provides additional horsepower. The result is a total system output of 220 PS and 220 Nm of torque. This allows the X2 xDrive 25e to go from 0 – 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 195 km/h.
More importantly, BMW says this X2 can sip fuel to achieve a fuel economy result that exceeds 50 km/l. In addition, BMW's latest PHEV can travel over 50 km and reach speeds of up to 135 km/h on pure electric power alone. Average carbon emissions, on the other hand, will range between 38 to 43 grams per kilometer.
As for standard features and amenities, the X2 PHEV comes with LED headlights, an updated front fascia design, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, hybrid-specific readout displays on the multi-info display, and 40:20:40 split rear seats.
Cargo capacity has been slightly affected, however, due to the battery pack being placed under the seats. This means that instead of having 470 liters to 1,355 liters of usable luggage space, the plug-in hybrid version can only carry 410 liters to 1,290 liters worth of cargo.
There is no word as to when international markets will get the X2 xDrive 25e. Currently, the Philippine market is only available with the 20d xDrive M Sport. It's powered by a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel engine that puts out 190 PS and 400 Nm of torque.