BMW has taken the wraps off the 2016 BMW 225xe Active Tourer plug-in hybrid ahead of its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The plug-in hybrid variant of the 2-Series Active Tourer will feature an advanced powertrain with eDrive technology that consists of a 1.5-litre engine coupled with an electric motor aimed at reducing emissions while increasing efficiency.
The 1.5-litre TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder petrol engine produces 136 PS (134 hp) and 220 Nm of torque. The electric motor churns out 88 PS (86 hp) and 165 Nm of torque and gets its power from a 7.7 kWh lithium-ion battery. The combined output of the plug-in hybrid powertrain is rated at 227 PS (224 hp). The fuel economy ranges from 134.5 to 141.5 mpg UK (47.6 – 50.9 km/l) in combined cycle, while the CO2 emissions range from 46-49 g/km.
The 225xe has a maximum electric range of 41 km (25 miles) in electric mode and is also equipped with a Save Battery mode which maintains battery charge level of 50%. The battery can be charged using a conventional power outlet in approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes, while the addition of the BMW i Wallbox can reduce the charging time by 1 hour, to 2 hours and 15 minutes.
The front wheels are driven by the combustion engine and the rear wheels are powered by the electric motor, in an electrified all wheel drive setup. This setup ensures maximum traction in all types of weather conditions. The 225xe can sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and go on to achieve a top speed of 202 km/h (126 mph). In MAX eDrive mode – which is purely electric, the 225xe manages to reach a top speed of 120km/h (78 mph).