BMW 225xe At The 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show

SEP 21 2015 BY MARK KANE 17

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe had its world premiere at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

This new plug-in hybrid version of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer was designed for the European market and will go on sale in spring 2016.

With its 7.7 kWh battery,  all-electric range will be on par with other low-range plug-in hybrids from German manufacturers.

Quick specs:

  • 100 kW/136 hp,  220N·m 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and six-speed Steptronic transmission plus high-voltage starter-generator in the front (power boost when accelerating from a standstill)
  • 65 kW electric motor for the rear wheels
  • AWD (front wheels  – engine, rear wheels – electric motor)
  • overall system output of 165 kW/224 hp and 385 Nm
  • all-electric range of up to 41 km (25 miles), probably NEDC
  • 7.7 kWh lithium-ion
  • Average fuel consumption (combined) at 2.1–2.0 litres/100 km (134.5–141.2 mpg imp)
  • 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.7 s

“BMW 225xe serves up a brand new cocktail of BMW EfficientDynamics, comfort, fun at the wheel and all-wheel-drive performance. What’s more, this matchless driving experience is combined with impressive versatility and generous levels of space in a compact-sized vehicle. The space-saving location of the lithium-ion battery underneath the rear bench means that full use can continue to be made of the boot space above.

The interaction between BMW eDrive technology and a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology makes it possible to enjoy both all-electric driving and unrestricted motoring mobility in the BMW 225xe. With a maximum electric range of 41 kilometres (25 miles), zero-local-emission driving can be experienced not just in the city, but beyond it too. 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 that is quite unique in the BMW 225xe’s segment and promises outstanding traction in all weathers, 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 a frugal 2.1–2.0 litres/100 km (134.5–141.2 mpg imp), which equates to CO2 emissions (combined) of 49–46 g/km (in the EU test cycle).”

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

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BMW is joking again with another 20 miles AER hybrid.

yes, this is way too much…

So BMW have:

i3, i8, 2 series and X5. Are there any others slated for release in the next 12 months?

Its getting pretty interesting from Germany with the GTE’s, e-golf, e-tron, up! and B-class. Have I missed any?

By this time next year how many cars will we have in the monthly score card?

I’m losing track of how many plug-ins BMW has shown now. Every other day, a new plug-in (not just vaporware like Model 3) is being shown by BMW. Are they up to 10 plug-ins now?

I don’t think they are anywhere near 10 but there are a few other German offerings I had forgotten,

Porsche x 3
Merc has it’s 5500 PHV and the Smart ForTwo

I don’t always necessarily agree with their design strategy (I’d prefer bigger battery packs in the PHEV’s) but I guess these cars arriving will get a lot more of the main stream market thinking about plugin vehicles. I really can’t understand why someone would buy a 2 series or an X5 with any drive train so I guess me trying to understand why the designers made certain decisions is beyond me.

It’s good to see the German brands turning up to the party, I remeber the early days when they were very anti-ev or rather painted as being very anti-ev.

Some lucky countries have a choice of 30 EV/PHEV’s.

BMW 2,3,5,7 and i3, i8 (6 models total)

You guys forgot BMW 330e (shown in one of the videos above) and the MB C-Class PHEV that is already available in Europe and is coming to USA soon.

It’s beginning to look like you have to sacrifice something when making a PHEV. It’s either interior space, like the volt with its four seats, or AER like most other PHEVs.

This makes it seem to me that PHEV might simply be bad tech. It might not be as overcomplicated as some people are saying, but it needs more parts then a BEV or a pure ICE, which makes them totally inferior. This technology is either going to die out or profit from lighter and smaller batteries to squeeze out the extra range.

Ah, the siren song of the BEV purist.

Show me a reasonably priced BEV that doesn’t have sub-par range. That’s a far bigger sacrifice than anything you mentioned. By the way, the 2016 Volt has five seats, though the middle seat is small (but useable).

Nobody is arguing that we don’t want all BEVs in the future, but right now they’re either severely handicapped or very expensive. You will almost certainly quote some statistic that the 70-odd mile range of the Leaf exceeds the average American commute, and I will say that is rubbish, because I don’t want to buy a car that ONLY works for my commute.

PHEVs are the best cars for today’s technology and budget. Stop it with your repetitive and useless purism.

I’m not a BEV purist, I’m just noticing that it seems sacrifices need to be made when making a PHEV. I actually really like the volt, but the fifth seat still looks like a sacrifice compared to a regular ICE vehicle. Also we have no other examples of combinations of ice and plug that don’t sacrifice anything. I’m sure that bmw would put a larger battery if it would fit, it probably simply doesn’t.

The problem is not that I don’t like PHEVs, they simply all only reach a nice market or have a really low AER.

And yes, Teslas are way too expensive, thank the rich people who buy them. Rich people purchasing expensive tech is what makes it slowly affordable for the masses. A second hand tesla model s with supercharging was recently sold for only 42500 dollars.

I know cars shouldn’t be for commuting only. I go by tram to work for 78 euros per month. The leaf can’t beat that or even come close to that. I’m just arguing that PHEVS are perhaps not even good bridging technology, that’s all I’m saying.

The Volt allows most people to drive 90% on electric for a third the cost of a comparable range BEV and the only sacrifice is a slightly smaller rear middle seat (that most people never use in any car anyways).

So to recap, it’s 90% as good, and has a minor limitation that doesn’t bother most people. That’s almost the definition of a good bridging technology. What alternative would you propose? To banish all PHEVs and short range BEVs and only allow Teslas to be sold, because everything else is deemed insufficient by you?

Your argument is silly.

I’m sorry that I don’t have all the solutions. I also simply don’t like these ‘hey this works 90% of the time so it’s good enough’ arguments. I don’t know about you, but if I buy a car and I want to be able to take my parents and my wife and daughter on a trip then the only solution seems to be a brand new, unavailable in Europe, chevy volt. That doesn’t mean I’m going to do this constantly. It just seems like a silly purchase if it can’t even fulfill a basic function like that.

I’m not saying that this bmw won’t have any buyers, all I’m saying is that compromises are made. And if I have to make compromises anyway I can just as well not buy a car at all and use a combination of bikes trains and buses, plus a twice a year rental car. Oh wait… that’s what I’m doing at the moment!

+1

>>”I can just as well not buy a car at all and use a combination of bikes trains and buses, plus a twice a year rental car”

Good enough is not a good reason to add an additional car to your household. If you get by on bikes, buses, and trains then that is great.

For us, we weren’t adding an additional car we were replacing one and the Volt served its purpose very well. Being able to tour the area with additional when the parents or take some friends along is a nice to have feature in one of our vehicles. However, typically that means a vehicle that seats 6+. There is no reasonably priced plug in at where I am at that serves that purpose. There are ICE vehicles that we can afford that do. So to be fair, both BEV’s and PHEV’s have their limitations compared to ICE vehicles in this respect at this point in time.

John, I agree with the general idea of your argument that a Volt is 90% beneficial but to say “the only sacrifice” of a Volt is the smaller seat is far too disingenuous.

Negatives of the current Volt over a hypothetical BEV version of the same:

Because of the gas engine you have
-Exponentially more complication
-Far higher lifetime maintenance (any maintenance at all will be far higher than a BEV!)
-Far more noise and vibration
-Far more pollution
-Less storage space
-FWD is basically required because of where the engine is located
-Requires a transmission

I tend to look at it another way. Lots of manufacturers are now producing hybrids that don’t plug-in. It really isn’t adding much of any complication to add a plug and larger battery pack to those vehicles. That is essentially what Ford did, without even modifying the drivetrain any. And given the choice between a regular hybrid and a PHEV with 20 miles, which one do you think I’d rather have?

Is the 0-100 kph still 6.7 seconds after that 7.7k battery is out. Not that I need it to be, I’m just interested in knowing what the performance is at that point.

Same thing with awd – is it awd when battery is drained. It also is something that I don’t need, but some people fell they do where they live. Might be good to know for them.