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.