BMW is going green with the launch of two new vehicles at the Frankfurt Motor Show, without compromising the motoring joy; and has revealed the new 225xe based on the 2 Series Active Tourer and 330e based on the 3 Series at its pavilion. Going with the relatively new 2 Series Active Tourer first, the BMW 225xe is capable of attaining the 100 kmph mark from naught in 6.7 seconds, which is quite appreciable if you use this for your daily commute. It is also extremely impressive if you are pro-sustainability without having to compromise on performance.
When it hits the production line, the BMW 225xe will be pushing out a combined output of 221 HP and 385 Nm, and an electric drive range of 41 km. The interaction between BMW’s eDrive technology and a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology from the i8 makes this possible. 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.
Another rear-wheel drive, BMW 330e four-door saloon claims to do a 0-100 kmph time of 6.1 seconds along with a 225 kmph top speed. Like the 225xe, it starts as a pure electric car, with the hybrid Auto eDrive as the default mode and sticking with battery power alone at up to 80 kmph. There’s also Max eDrive, which lifts the top electrically powered speed and delivers around 49 km of emission-free range.
With a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine that boasts a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct fuel injection, variable valve timing and lift along with other features, it’s enough to deliver 181 HP between 5000 and 6500 RPM, plus 290 Nm of torque. BMW says that it just takes 2-3 hours to charge fully, so you don’t have to wait at the gas station for feeding it fuel. Along with the 225xe, the 330e hybrid paves the road for future eDrive-powered model arriving before 2020.