BMW has introduced the 2016 BMW 225xe ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

BMW has introduced the 2016 225xe ahead of its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Essentially a plug-in hybrid version of the 2-Series Active Tourer, the 225xe features a high-tech powertrain that consists of a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine, an electric motor and a 7.7 kWh lithium-ion battery.  The engine produces 136 PS (100 kW) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque, while the electric motor churns out 88 PS (65 kW) and 165 Nm (122 lb-ft) of torque. 

Since the engine drives the front wheels and the electric motor drives the rear wheels, the 225xe can be front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive when the two powertrains work together.  In the latter state, the model produces a combined maximum output of 224 PS (165 kW) and 385 Nm (284 lb-ft) of torque.

In terms of performance, the car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 202 km/h (126 mph).  That's not too shabby when you consider the 225xe has a combined fuel consumption of 2.0 – 2.1 L/100 km (134.5–141.2 mpg UK) and CO2 emissions of 46-49 g/km.  More importantly, the model can travel up to 41 km (25 miles) on electricity alone at speeds up to 125 km/h (78 mph).

When the battery is depleted, it can be fully recharged in approximately three hours and fifteen minutes using a  conventional household outlet.  Customers can also order the BMW 360° ELECTRIC package which includes a BMW i Wallbox which reduces the recharging time to two hours and fifteen minutes.

The BMW 225xe will go into production later this year and German pricing starts at €37,800.

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