16 January 2020

BMW to expand its electric hybrid models

BMW Group is expanding its electric hybrid offering with the new BMW X1 xDrive 25e and X2 xDrive e25e offerings, writes Trish Whelan.

With the very latest high-voltage battery cell technology, both offer an electrically powered range of between 54 and 57kms, extending the capabilities of locally emissions-free driving both in the city and beyond.

With average fuel consumption of 2.1 to 1.9 L/100kms, and C02 emissions of between 48 and 43g/km for the X1 xDrive25e. 

BMW say the hybrid specific all-wheel drive system delivers fast and precise distribution of power between the front and rear wheels, ensuring a high level of driving agility. 

Peak torque comes in at 385Nm, 0-100km/h time is 6.9 secs, top speed is 192km/h.

The plug-in system hybrid system consists of a 1.5, 125hp 3-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower turbo technology and an electric drive specially developed for this model. It is matched to a 6-speed Steptronic transmission. Combined combustion engine and electric motor output is 220hp. 

The battery can be charged at conventional household sockets using the standard equipment charging cable. It can be charged from empty in around five hours. Reaching 80pc of its total capacity takes 3.8 hours. With a BMW i Wallbox, a full charge takes under 3.2 hours with 80pc reached after 2.4 hours. The charging socket is located under a separate flap on the front left side wall of the car. 

X1 25e prices are from €50,055; pricing of the X2 xDrive25e will follow later this year. 

BMW plans have to have over a million electrified vehicles on the road by the end of next year and to extend their portfolio to 25 electrified vehicles by 2023.