BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer – What You Need To Know – Video

SEP 8 2016 BY MARK KANE 19

BMW has begun to promote its 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer plug-in hybrid with a new advertisement spot/video “What you need to know“.

The reason for the stronger attention of late on the plug-in 2 Series? Perhaps because 1/2 of the iPerformance PHEV lineup (BMW 330e and 740e) is effectively “sold out” for the rest of 2016…in other words, sell what ya got!

Most of the description focuses on the AWD powertrain, which consist of separate driving for the front axle (engine) and rear axle (electric motor).

BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer

BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer

Depending on the road situation, speed and power demand, the 225xe is powered solely by electric motor, the engine alone, or both at once.

“The BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer, in short BMW 225xe gives you an intelligent combination of dynamic driving and 4-wheel drive safety. How? We will explain in this clip. If you´re interested in a 2 Series vehicle, be sure to see this clip.”

Quick specs:

  • 100 kW/136 hp, 220 Nm 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) – NEDC, up to 78 mph (125 km)
  • 7.6 kWh lithium-ion (usable 5.8 kWh)
  • 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

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19 Comments on "BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer – What You Need To Know – Video"

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LEAF_n_PiP

Important to note there are currently no public plans to bring this model to the US market.

speculawyer

People would be better off with the Volt in the USA (or a different GM Voltec powered car if they get off their butt and build more Voltec drivetrain vehicles!).

This thing is a European compliance car looking to meet their CO2 g/KM rules.

I like that Volt, but it lacks character (I have a gen 1). I would love if they sold this BMW in the US, it would likely be my next car. As you say though, GM could easily offer the Voltec in more exciting models, and I do like that the Volt has far more EV only power.

Clive

No business plan by BMW you mean.

Give it 2 years.

pjwood1

“How? We will explain in this clip.”

Not necessary. I think the picture of the smoggy rooster tail was worth a thousand words. Don’t even have to explain “usable 5.8 kwh”.

Intrepid

You laugh, but I’m easily getting over 99mpg after 2k miles with my 330e, which has the same usable capacity. Most days I don’t use gas and I can plug in at virtually all of my destinations, netting 40 miles + electric range.

From a pure cost standpoint, the 330e is one of the least expensive vehicles to operate, at least for my drive cycle. I don’t have to pay for electric where I charge most often, can park up front at every major venue, drive in the HOV/express lanes for free and have spent a total of $40 in gas, still have over a half a tank which I expect to last another 500 miles.

You keep waiting for the 3, I’m gonna enjoy the benefits my 330e offers and explore the options when long range electric cars are more readily available in 3 years.

Texas FFE

Interesting but I think I’ll wait for the all electric 200+ mile version.

Clive

Bingo !

Terawatt

To be honest there is absolutely nothing I “need to know” about this car. Or any parallel-hybrid car. I can sometimes stretch my interest to a brief look at some range-extended option, but this is previous century stuff.

I like it! It’s better than 99% of the cars on the road. I like how they are pushing the PHEV aspect of this car as a performance feature and less of a “green” feature. That’s the right way to sell plug-in cars, especially in the luxury market. From what I can tell it will have Ford Energi like performance when driving as an EV, but have much better performance with AWD when driving as a hybrid.

BMW

They have really done a great job with the electric AWD. They kept it simple enough to not cost a lot, but added extra usability, AWD, apart from just being a Hybrid.

I know it has been done before, by the Outlander PHEV for example, but it still is a nice concept. Sadly it only works with the FWD BMWs, so we won’t see something like that in the 3 series and up.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. I don’t know about others, but I usually get around 4 mi/kWh when driving around town. So 5.8kWh usable should be around 20 miles, or close to CMax territory. But yes, acceleration and handling probably outclasses the Cmax which already sells in decent numbers. I don’t know the specs on the Cmax, but I am sure the 0-60 time isn’t even close to the BMW’s 6.7 seconds?

jdbob

C-Max Energi is about 8 seconds 0-60 when in hybrid mode. In EV only mode it’s about 15 seconds.

Juice13

I would buy this car if available in the US. Of course this would eat into the X1 market so I can see their reasoning for not brining it over. I’d even settle for the X1 in this format. 330e is too big and pricey for me (even though I love the 3 series in all forms).

I’m driving a Leaf now and love it as a second car for daycare/school/work/errands. It works for us within the limited, degraded range and should for years to come. But this BMW would make the perfect family get around and get out of town car for us.

I imagine this is like a Ford CMAX that I would actually want to drive.

speculawyer

“7.6 kWh lithium-ion (usable 5.8 kWh)”

European compliance car.

Nix

If they can manage to make the price the same as a 225x with similar features and performance, then I can see the reason why they would build it with this small of a battery and limited pure-EV functionality.

Having the price the same as the comparable ICE would help get people into the seats of PHEV’s and get them hooked. It makes for an easy entry point for traditional ICE buyers to dip a toe into the EV market, while battery technology improves for their second generation of this same vehicle.

That has it’s benefits, even if it doesn’t appeal to EV fans who want more EV range (especially in the US market where we drive so many more miles a year).

Rich

What’s the MPG when operating in hybrid mode after the plugin charge has been exhausted?

The video says the top speed in EV mode us 78 mph. The quick specs in the description says the top speed is 50 mph. Somebody is mistaken somewhere.

Sorry David, yes that is a mis-step on the quick specs. It is obviously 78 mph (125 km), not 78 km (50 miles).

Apologies on that one…corrected. /good catch