Video: BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer Explained

2 Series, Videos | September 7th, 2016 by 6
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BMW is experiencing unexpected levels of popularity with its 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer models. Around Europe and in other markets around the …

BMW is experiencing unexpected levels of popularity with its 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer models. Around Europe and in other markets around the world, the MPVs are proving to be quite attractive, especially to people new to the brand. Wanting to keep its offering in this segment attractive, the Germans unveiled the so-called BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer, a car that caters to those Eco-conscious customers out there.

Yes, the name is rather long, but believe it or not, the 225xe truly is an iPerformance model, joining the exquisite company of cars like the BMW 740e, BMW 330e and BMW X5 xDrive40e. What do they all have in common? A plug-in hybrid powertrain that is supposed to have been purposely created to allow you to cover your daily commute on electricity alone.

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As you’re about to see in the video below, the 225xe Active Tourer¬†also shares quite a lot with the BMW i8. You see, both cars use an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. Both cars have a 1.5-liter, 3-cylinder turbocharged mill and both cars have a motor for each axle. The difference lies in the power the two units make and the ends at which they are positioned. Think of the 225xe as mirrored BMW i8.

That’s because on the Active Tourer, as opposed to the i8, the ICE is positioned under the hood, powering the front axle. It makes 136 HP and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque while the electric motor on the rear axle makes 88 HP and 165 Nm (122 lb-ft) of torque. The advantage of using this layout is the fact that there’s less power loss due to the transmission involved. Therefore the 225xe has up to 224 HP at its disposal. But apart from these obvious things, there’s more to the hybrid Active Tourer than you may think. Allow the video below to go into further detail.



6 responses to “Video: BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer Explained”

  1. Fritz says:

    Can we just drop the xDrive suffix on all AWD BMW’s?

  2. John says:

    BMW still messing up their model names… LOL

  3. Chris Llana says:

    Not sure why the popularity of the Active Tourer is “unexpected.” I always said it was a great car. Also, the first Active Tourer to hit the auto shows was a plug-in hybrid, coming after the i8, so it really was the trailblazer for the others that followed.

    • Me says:

      Maybe they meant the U.S. when referencing “other markets?”

      Starting to see quite a few C-Max’s around town and many people commenting on US-based automotive sites about how they like the 2AT and wish it came stateside… seems like MPVs are making a run alongside CUVs.

      It’s possible we’ll see the it stateside starting with the LCI? Thinking about what happened with the X1, BMW probably thought it wouldn’t do well in the states. Sold like hotcakes in other markets so they chanced the X1 LCI stateside and it ended up being among their most popular models for it’s final 3 years on sale.

      Maybe that’ll happen with the 2AT. *shrug*

  4. darex says:

    Welsh accent?

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