BMW unveils X2 xDrive25e PHEV with i8 tech and long EV range
A lot of people have been accusing BMW of being slow to adapt to new trends and a bit reluctant to change. Some have been saying that the Bavarian brand is too conservative and that they should move to a range of electrified cars faster, to keep up with the times. Some would even go as far as saying that the old CEO was replaced because he was too slow to adapt. The moves the new BMW CEO has been making since taking office definitely seem to confirm that scenario
Ever since Oliver Zipse took over, a host of hybrids and even all-out EVs have been unveiled. Admittedly, he's been in office for far too little time to attribute these cars to him but he has been talking about electrifying the portfolio more than ever. Today BMW unveiled two new plug-in hybrids for those eco-conscious clients of theirs in the shape of the new BMW X1 xDrive25e and BMW X2 xDrive25e.
To be fair, only one of these is brand new. The BMW X1 xDrive25e has been on sale in China for quite some time now, albeit with a longer wheelbase. Nevertheless, the engine-electric motor combo is the same on the European model as it is on the Chinese one, the sole difference being the wheelbase. It the same for the X2, which is actually built atop the exact same platform as the X1. But what are the specs? Well, both cars use a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder petrol engine under the hood making 125 HP and 220 Nm of torque. This is combined with a 95 HP, 165 Nm electric motor. Combined the two make 220 HP and up to 385 Nm of torque. That's because this is not a regular hybrid, but one that uses a motor for each axle.
Basically, the powertrain is similar to what we've seen on the i8 or the MINI Countryman Cooper SE. The internal combustion engine feeds the front axle alone via a 6-speed automatic gearbox while the rear axle is animated by an electric motor via a 2-speed gearbox. This should make for a really interesting driving experience, to be honest. BMW says the X1 and X2 xDrive25e models will do 100 km/h (62 mph) from standstill in 6.9 or 6.8 seconds, the X2 being the faster car for some reason. According to the German car maker, the two should cover between 54 and 57 kilometers on electric power alone thanks to the new 10 kWh battery in the back.
The high-voltage battery can be charged at conventional household sockets using the standard-equipment charging cable. An empty battery can be fully charged in around five hours in this way. It only takes 3.8 hours for the battery to reach 80 percent of its total capacity. Using a BMW i Wallbox, the relevant charging operation from 0 to 100 percent takes less than 3.2 hours. 80 percent of total capacity is already reached after 2.4 hours. The charging socket is located under a separate flap on the front left side wall of the car.
According to BMW, due to a long electric range and low CO2 emissions, the new BMW X1 xDrive25e and the new BMW X2 xDrive25e meet the criteria which have been stipulated for the classification as an electric vehicle in Germany and the associated preferential treatment in public road traffic. In addition, it also qualifies for reduced company car taxation in Germany. Only half the gross list price is used as a basis when calculating the monetary benefit from private use of the company car. Thus these cars might've just become the best choice in the X1 or X2 range.