BMW To Show Off 4 Production Plug-In Hybrids In Frankfurt – 740e, 330e, 225xe and X5 xDrive40e

SEP 5 2015 BY MARK KANE 15

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW announced presentation of four production plug-in hybrids at the upcoming 2015 International Motor Show in Frankfurt.

  • BMW 740e
  • BMW 330e
  • BMW 225xe
  • BMW X5 xDrive40e

Some of them, like X5 xDrive40e, we already know, others are all-new.

BMW intends to offer a lot of plug-in hybrids, but all of them share the idea of small batteries, which maybe will not suit all consumers.

BMW 330e

330e is based on the new BMW 3 Series and will launch in 2016.

  • 184 hp four-cylinder petrol engine and 65 kW, 88 hp, 250 Nm electric motor integrated into the housing of the eight-speed automatic
  • total system output of 185 kW/252 hp (on par with 330i and 330d)
  • 0–60 mph in 6.1 s with a top speed of 140 mph.
  • all-electric range of up to 40 km (25 miles) probably NEDC
  • 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery beneath the boot floor
  • charging in 3 hours and 15 minutes from a household outlet
  • average fuel consumption (combined) of 2.1–1.9 litres/100 km (134.5–148.7 mpg imp)
  • at least 370 liters of luggage compartment volume; the rear seat offer a 40:20 40 split
  • EU-empty weight of 1735 kg (3,825 lbs)
BMW 330e

BMW 330e

Top seller in top shape: the new BMW 3 Series.

Featuring a meticulously honed design on the outside, a painstakingly refined premium feel on the inside, a revised engine line-up, a more advanced chassis and additional equipment options, the new BMW 3 Series is perfectly poised to continue an unbroken run of success in the premium mid-size segment that first started four decades ago. The BMW brand’s most popular model range with over 14 million already sold to date once again sets new standards for dynamism, efficiency and design in both BMW 3 Series Sedan and BMW 3 Series Touring guise.

The choice of engines for the new BMW 3 Series comprises four petrol and seven diesel units at market launch. Depending on the particular engine variant, power is transferred via traditional rear-wheel drive or, alternatively, via the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. The BMW 330e Sedan will furthermore be added to the line-up for the 2016 model year. This plug-in hybrid marries BMW eDrive technology with a four-cylinder petrol unit from the BMW Group’s newest engine generation. While extracting a total system output of 185 kW/252 hp from its duo of power units, the BMW 330e returns average fuel consumption (combined) of 2.1–1.9 litres/100 km (134.5–148.7 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions (combined) of 49–44 g/km (in the EU test cycle).”

“Despite the additional technology, the BMW 330e has a trunk space of at least 370 liters of luggage compartment volume; the rear seat offer a 40:20 40 split. Dynamic drivers may also be pleased about the fact that the weight of the 330e is evenly distributed on both axles. With an EU-empty weight of 1735 kg, the 330e plug-in hybrid is around 160 kilograms heavier than an ordinary 330i, and 120 kg lighter than 330d.”

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe is the plug-in hybrid version of BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.  (Note: the 225xe is not planned for US release at this point)

  • 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 kilometres (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

Versatile interior layout, groundbreaking drive system: the new BMW 225xe.

The model range for the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is also set to be expanded by the arrival of a plug-in hybrid variant in spring 2016. The 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

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 225xe

BMW 740e

The 740e is based on the new 7 Series. We don’t have details on the drivetrain yet beside its 83 kW electric motor (like in X5 xDrive40e) and 9.0 kWh battery (also like X5 xDrive40e).

BMW 740Le

BMW 740Le

Automotive luxury of the highest order: the new BMW 7 Series.

The new BMW 7 Series underlines its claim to redefine what an exclusive, luxurious driving experience looks like in contemporary, pioneering form with an exceptional array of innovations. Key factors in enhancing dynamics, efficiency, comfort and safety while on the move are the use of carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the body structure, engines from the BMW Group’s new generation of power units, the plug-in hybrid system in the new BMW 740e, the Executive Drive Pro active chassis system, the Driving Experience Control switch with ADAPTIVE mode, and BMW Laserlight. Maximising well-being in the interior, meanwhile, are the Executive Lounge feature with massage function, the illuminated Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof, just the right amount of accent lighting and a smartphone holder with inductive charging station.

The new generation of the BMW 7 Series also boasts standout innovations when it comes to operating system and driver assistance technology. The various new features that are unprecedented in the luxury sedan segment include, for example, the extension of the iDrive system to include a touch display and BMW gesture control, Touch Command for controlling comfort and infotainment functions in the rear compartment, as well as a Remote Control Parking system. In addition to all this, BMW is also presenting the latest generation of the BMW Head-Up Display, Crossing traffic warning, the Steering and lane control assistant, active side collision protection and the Surround View system with 3D View and Panorama View in its new flagship model.”

BMW 740Le

BMW 740Le

BMW X5 xDrive40e

X5 xDrive40e already was presented several times and there’s no new news to present:

BMW X5 xDrive40e

BMW X5 xDrive40e

BMW X5 xDrive40e

BMW X5 xDrive40e

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15 Comments on "BMW To Show Off 4 Production Plug-In Hybrids In Frankfurt – 740e, 330e, 225xe and X5 xDrive40e"

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No way can a 7.5kw charge in three and a half hours from a standard house outlet in the USA.

… or even in countries whose homes have 230 v. service.

10 amp is often the lowest people have, then you could charge 230*10 = 2,3 kW.

So 8 kWh in 3,5 hour.

16 amp is very common. Then you could do 12,9 kWh in that time.

So it’s really easy to do… 🙂

Basically every country in the world (except some thirld world countries and island states) has 220-240 volt as a standard at home.

Assuming this thing is around 2500 watts or so, thats less than 11 amps for the home country (230-240 volts).

They never said USA. The North American version will probably be different in that there will probably be a substitution of the Mennekes connector with a J1772.

Also, the NA version will probably also be compatible with 110 volts for BMW’s ‘occasional use’ charger brick. Of course, most US-bound PHEV’s will probably get along just fine on 110.

It seems, unfortunately, the world is standardizing on Plug-In-Prius’s All Electric Range.

I suppose it will kill them to make one go 30 miles (50 km) (

This is good news, although I’m really perplexed as to why they are doing some of it the way the are. Also, I can’t stand the analog instrument panels. I want digital!

Impressive effort. The range is short but that will be addressed at batteries get more energy dense, and the drive train looks great. Lots to like here.

Really, com on BMW •all-electric range of up to 40 km?

Downhill… with a tailwind.

HAHAH!

That reminds me of when HUGH DOWNS decades ago got 19 MPG (4 quart gallon) on a Ford Galaxy V-8. He said the fact the route was almost all downhill had nothing to do with it.

It’s a shame that 225xe is rumored not to make it to the US market 🙁

Right, but will the US Market receive the X1 PHEV next year?
The X1 will share the same drive train as the 225xe.

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I was thinking…
Is anyone beside Panasonic able to approach 200$ price tag?

If its 100-200$ higer for others, how they can even compete?

Maybe lack of BEVs come not from lack of wanting but from lack of means.

Probably BMW know they will not make profits selling those cars right now but they can’t afford not to be part of the electrification process as one day there might be no other alternative.

Will these all still be awd when the battery is depleted? Will the 0-60 times be much longer when the battery is depleted? With the low aer it would be important to know.