Spy Shots Show Updated BMW 225xe Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid

9 months ago by Adrian Padeanu 15

2018 BMW Active Tourer

The minivan was being tested in the thrifty 225xe plug-in hybrid spec.

The 2 Series Active Tourer will go down in BMW’s history for two very big reasons: first front-wheel drive model and first minivan. While some see it as the most controversial car the Bavarians have ever made, the fact of the matter is the general car buying audience is actually a fan of the MPV in both of its five-seat Active Tourer and seven-seat Gran Tourer guises judging by the sales numbers. In fact, it’s actually one of the most popular minivans on sale today.

It has been around for already about three years and here we see it prepping for what will likely be a discreet Life Cycle Impulse. It’s actually the very same prototype our spies caught on camera towards the end of March flaunting the LED lighting signature with a more angular configuration in the same vein as other recent models. Some changes to both front and rear bumpers are likely on the agenda as well, but we’re not expecting any drastic modifications considering the amount of camo slapped onto this test vehicle. Chances are it is going to be the same story on the inside where BMW will only make some subtle changes like adding new trim bits and updating the iDrive infotainment system.

If the 225xe seen here will soldier on with the same hardware, it will feature a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine teamed up with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack with a 7.7-kWh capacity.

The powertrains will likely be carried over on the facelifted model, but some of them could be updated to deliver more power and/or better fuel economy. If the 225xe seen here will soldier on with the same hardware, it will feature a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine teamed up with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack with a 7.7-kWh capacity.

With a combined output of 224 horsepower (165 kilowatts) and 284 pound-feet (385 Newton-meters) of torque, the 225xe needs a swift 6.7 seconds until 62 mph (100 kph) and maxes out at 126 mph (202 kph). But what matters the most is the fuel economy, with the hybridized minivan from BMW providing a combined fuel consumption of around 2.1 liters / 100 km and an all-electric range of 25 miles (41 km) — at least on paper.

Given how minor the tweaks are going to be, it shouldn’t take too long to see the facelifted 2 Series Active Tourer & Gran Tourer in all of their LCI glory. An official debut in the months to come seems likely.

New 225xe

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15 responses to "Spy Shots Show Updated BMW 225xe Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid"

  1. Jim_NJ says:

    I would LOVE the five seat version. Which means it probably won’t make it to the United States. Sigh.

    1. Miggy says:

      This is the five seat version, in fact you can only get five seats in any version.
      Not a Minivan this is a hatchback just like the Bolt.

      1. Rob Stark says:

        Plus 1k

  2. guyinacar says:

    C’mon now. Minivans, almost by definition, have sliding doors, and carry at least 7 souls in their passenger configuration. Most carry 8, including the driver. Everyone in North America knows that. Hell, every five-year-old knows that – give one some crayons and a placemat, and say: “Draw your family and friends in a minivan.” The drawing won’t look anything like a BMW. The current Honda Odyssey is a very capable unibody truck, able to haul about a ton of cargo, lawn debris, moving crates, etc. (which compares favorably with, say a three-quarter-ton pickup like a Chevy Silverado, BTW).

    It’s no more correct to call a 225xe a “minivan” than it is to call an Audi A3 a minivan. You’re just being silly and provocative, by being ultra-sloppy with language like this. The BMW 225xe is an excellent PHEV vehicle which may find a willing market in North America. This article seems almost willful dimunition, like calling a Tesla Model 3 a “superb golf cart for the masses.”

    1. MTN Ranger says:

      microvan? nanovan?

    2. Bob Nan says:


  3. mx says:

    The i3 will probably have more interior room.
    Also, the i3 will be infinitely more quiet, with the battery in the floor, it blocks much more road noise.
    And silky smooth acceleration.

    Of the two, the i3 will clearly be the better drive.

    1. Blackseries says:

      I’m afraid not – the i3 is really a Ford Fiesta competitor (interior space wise) and this 2 Series is a Ford C-Max competitor (5Seat). I really hope they up the battery size (i.e. do an “i3”) but I’m afraid they won’t. BMW really seem to have lost the plot on EV’s when the i3 & i8 were such promising starts. I don’t understand why – they don’t have large Dieselgate payments to worry about.

      1. Warren says:

        Don’t know why people keep saying the i3 is a tiny car. A big guy (400lbs) couldn’t even squeeze into the Bolt’s front seat, but sat in mine. I carried a 40 gallon water heater in my i3 a couple months ago.

  4. CLIVE says:

    Mini Van?


  5. FISHEV says:

    Now if it were a 100 mile EV range with AWD, BMW would have a killer car.

    Hopefully someone will have that by 2020 though if Tesla gets the Model Y out with a 300 mile range and $50K price that will work.

  6. Mark.ca says:

    Definitely not a van of any form or type.

  7. Mikael says:

    When will it come as a minivan? And can you put up some pictures of it when those are available?

  8. Don Zenga says:

    SUV, CUV, MPV, Vans, Tall wagon are all the same with 5 doors. Just few differences.
    SUVs are built on Truck Chassis.
    Vans have sliding doors. But then some vans like Transit Connect and NV200 has 2 doors in the rear cargo section which gives them 6 doors.
    That leaves CUV, MPV, Tall wagons the same. And what about regular wagons and hatches which have the height of sedan. Is there any height parameter.

    In the absence of any proper criteria, the writers will write anything they want.

    In a broad category, all these vehicles can be clubbed under
    * 2 box(Passenger & Cargo) type vehicles.
    Commercial vans, Mini vans, SUV, CUV, MPV, Tall wagon, Wagon & Hatch.
    * 3 box(Bonnet, Passenger & Cargo) type vehicles (Sedan & Coupes)
    * Pickups with open cargo bed.