The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (228e) plug-in hybrid has been spied completely undisguised testing in Europe, courtesy of revistadelmotor.es. The test mule was instantly recognizable of being a plug-in hybrid with the “Hybrid Test Vehicle” sticker on its front doors and tailgate, and a charging port cap on the left-side front fender which implied that it’s a plug-in one.
The rear tailgate features the well-known ‘xDrive’ badge which is BMW’s wording for its four-wheel drive system. This means that the plug-in hybrid variant’s powertrain would send power to all four wheels via the familiar ZF-sourced 8-speed automatic transmission. The company does offer a 6-speed manual transmission also on the standard variant, but the plug-in hybrid should get the 8-speed automatic transmission for efficiency reasons.
The combustion engine of the plug-in hybrid powertrain will be the 1.5-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder twin-turocharged petrol engine from the standard variant. The petrol engine will power the front wheels, while the electric motor will spin the rear ones.
The German automaker is also testing a plug-in hybrid variant (330e) for the 3 Series, which should debut at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in September this year. The 2 Series Active Hybrid (223e) plug-in hybrid could also be unveiled here, but if not, then possibly at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
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