BMW adds plug-in hybrids to lineups of the compact X1 and X2. First the company launches the BMW X1 xDrive25e followed by the BMW X2 xDrive25e.
Both combine agile versatility with exemplary fuel consumption of 2.1-1.9 l/100 km (112-124 mpg) on an average and CO2 emissions 47-43 g/km (75.6-69.2 g/mi) for the X2 and 48-43 g/km (77.3-69.2 g/mi) for the X1.
An efficient electric drive and a latest-generation 10-kWh lithium-ion battery enable an electric-only range of up to 57 km (35.4 miles).
The position of the battery underneath the rear seats leads to a very low center of gravity, optimizes agility but reduces transport capacity a bit.
Combined power consumption of the BMW X1 xDrive25e is 14.3- 13.8 kWh/100 km. This figure is 14.2- 13.7 kWh/100 km for the BMW X2 xDrive25e.
A hybrid specific all-wheel drive distributes power fast and precise between the front and rear wheels.
BMW strives to have over 1 million electrified vehicles on the road by late 2021. 25% BMW Group’s sales in Europe will be electric cars by 2021.
By 2025, this figure should reach 33%, and 50% by 2030. Additional 25 electrified vehicles will appear by 2023.
The plug-in hybrid powertrain of the X1 and X2’s xDrive 25e modifications comprises a 1.5 liter 3-cylinder 125-hp petrol (gasoline) engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and a model-specific electric drive taken from the eDrive technology.
A peak torque is 220 Nm (162 lb-ft). The engine transfers power to a 6-speed Steptronic gearbox and the front wheels.
An electric motor delivers 95 hp and 165 Nm (122 lb-ft) of torque to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. This makes for the hybrid specific all-wheel drive.
The placement of the electric motor above the rear axle contributes to balanced axle load. In conjunction with the intelligently controlled interaction between the units, it provides maximum driving stability, ride comfort and dynamic response.
A total system output is 162 kW/220 hp, the total torque achieved is 385 Nm (284 lb-ft).
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration takes 6.9 sec (X1) and 6.8 sec (X2). The top speed is 193 km/h (120 mph) and 195 km/h (121 mph), respectively.
The driver can use an eDrive button on the center console to influence the drive system’s operating mode. He can activate the MAX eDrive mode for maximum use of the electric drive.
In this mode, both models reach a top speed of 135 km/h (84 mph). In addition, there is also the Save Battery mode to maintain the high-voltage battery’s charging state while driving or to increase it by means of recuperation.
Both cars feature acoustic pedestrian protection as standard. The new BMW X1 xDrive25e is available in Sport Line, xLine and M Sport configurations.
Buyers of the new BMW X2 xDrive25e can choose from Advantage, Advantage Plus, M Sport and M Sport X.
All options of the conventional BMW X1 or BMW X2 are available for the plug-in hybrid versions.
The luggage compartment is 450 liters (16 ft3), that can be enlarged to 1,470 liters (52 ft3).
A trailer tow hitch is optionally available for the new BMW X1 xDrive25e. The maximum trailer load is 750 kg (1,653.5 lb).
Source: BMW Group