It was about a year ago when BMW introduced its first ever minivan in the form of the 2-Series Active Tourer and they are now diversifying the model’s lineup by adding a 225xe version. This is a plug-in hybrid derivative which combines a three-cylinder, 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery that has a 7.7 kWh capacity.
The conventional engine puts out 136 bhp and 220 Nm of torque whereas the electric motor provides an additional 88 bhp and 165 Nm which enables the 225xe to provide a combined output of 224 bhp and 385 Nm. This is a very clever car as it can work in FWD, RWD or AWD mode since the combustion engine drives the front wheels while the electric motor powers the rear axle.
It also provides respectable performances for a minivan as the 0-100 kmph task is accomplished in just 6.7 seconds before topping out at a very decent 202 kmph. Since this is a plug-in hybrid, it shouldn’t come as a surprise the model can do 47.6 kmpl and emit between 46 and 49 g/km of CO2 while in electric mode it can be driven for as much as 41 km during which the top speed is of 125 kmph.
Once the battery juice is gone, a full recharge takes around 3 hours and 15 minutes when using the regular household power source. Those willing to pay more for the optional 360° ELECTRIC package should know the recharge time is reduced to 2 hours and 15 minutes thanks to the included BMW i Wallbox.
Production of the 225xe is scheduled to begin before the end of this year and pricing kicks off at home in Germany from €37,800 (2.8 million INR). Chances are the seven-seat version called Gran Tourer will also receive this frugal hardware arrangement in the near future and obviously will cost a little bit more than its five-seat sibling.