World Premiere: BMW 225xe Active Tourer Plug-in Hybrid

2 Series | September 3rd, 2015 by 12
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Ahead of its world debut, the new BMW 225xe Active Tourer plug-in hybrid was introduced to the press today. Using BMW’s latest eDrive technology coupled …

Ahead of its world debut, the new BMW 225xe Active Tourer plug-in hybrid was introduced to the press today. Using BMW’s latest eDrive technology coupled with a 1.5 liter three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the new 225xe Active Tourer makes it possible to enjoy both all-electric driving and unrestricted motoring mobility.

With a maximum electric range of 41 kilometers (25 miles), zero-local-emission driving, the plug-in hybrid can be a silent daily driver in the city and a long-distance runner outside the city gates.

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Driving the rear wheels with the electric motor and the front wheels with the combustion engine’s power furthermore produces an electrified all-wheel-drive system with great traction in all weathers, and especially in adverse conditions. The plug-in hybrid drive has an overall system output of 165 kW/224 hp. Average fuel consumption (combined) in the BMW 225xe is 2.1–2.0 liters/100 km (134.5–141.2 mpg imp), which equates to CO2 emissions (combined) of 49–46 g/km (in the EU test cycle).

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Like the BMW i8, the BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 330e and BMW 740e can all – at the touch of a button in MAX eDRIVE mode – run on purely electric power up to 120 km/h (75 mph), the BMW 225xe goes up to 125 km/h (78 mph). Here, the combustion engine only comes into play when the accelerator’s kickdown threshold is passed. In SAVE BATTERY mode the battery’s charge can be maintained to enable electric driving later on in the journey. If the charge level drops below 50 per cent, the battery is replenished. If the selector lever is moved into the S gate, the combustion engine starts up regardless of the mode engaged, ensuring sustained availability of the combined maximum output of the two drive systems. In addition, the battery’s charge is raised to 80 per cent.


Next year, BMW is expected to also unveil a plug-in hybrid version of the 2 Series Gran Tourer.

12 responses to “World Premiere: BMW 225xe Active Tourer Plug-in Hybrid”

  1. Chris Llana says:

    Nice car! But I guess too nice for the U.S. :-(

  2. CDspeed says:

    Had it reached the US the electric range would probably have been 19 miles or less rated by the EPA. So the electric range is almost pointless, you can’t do your daily routine electrically, it just adds to your overall efficiency.

    • Chris Llana says:

      Many people drive less than 20 miles per day.

    • Chris Llana says:

      If you need to drive more than 25 miles per day, the Active Tourer PHEV uses the electric motor for the stop/start/slow portions of your trip for that EV driving experience, and switches to the gas engine for the highway portion of your trip. Not a stupid car.

      • CDspeed says:

        In the U.S. the daily average is around 40 miles, monitoring my own driving I know my daily average is 38 miles. I never said it was a stupid car, I simply think that you should be able to get your daily driving done using the electric mode only. I would easily exceed the electric range in a plug-in hybrid, but my i3 BEV is perfect it has plenty of range and charging is easy if I need too at all.

        • Chris Llana says:

          Average daily drive in the U.S. is 29 miles. The great majority of people in the U.S. drive less than 40, but yes, as with all cars, this one will not meet the psychological or real needs of everyone. If a car doesn’t meet those needs, that person should choose another car—no biggie.

          A lot of people criticized the i3 simply because it didn’t have the range they thought it should have—range they wanted it to have. Why criticize a car because it’s not a good fit for your own needs? The i3’s range is a good fit for many people, and the 225xe will likely be a perfect fit for many other people.

          I would also choose a BEV for my driving, but different strokes for different folks.

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