BMW To Show Off 4 Production Plug-In Hybrids In Frankfurt – 740e, 330e, 225xe and X5 xDrive40e
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.
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)
“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 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).”
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).
“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 X5 xDrive40e
X5 xDrive40e already was presented several times and there’s no new news to present: