15.9.2015BMW leads the way in PHEV models with expanded line-up
BMW has four new plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models on its stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show, confirming its position as one of the market leaders in electrified powertrains.
The flagship eDrive model is the BMW 740e, which sees the large luxury saloon fitted with a petrol-electric system. The executive model uses a 2.0 litre, four cylinder twin turbocharged petrol engine alongside an electric motor to produce a combined 326hp, good for a 0-62mph time of 5.6 seconds. The economy figures are far more impressive though with the 740e returning an official combined 134.5 MPG and emitting 49 g/km of CO2.
To help make the most of the engine's power is an eight-speed automatic gearbox with an intuitive adaptive mode to maximise efficiency. A new, lighter chassis has also been developed with a large amount of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic used in the passenger cell, in a similar way to BMW's i8 sportscar.
The X5 xDrive 40e will feature the same 2.0 litre twin-turbo petrol-electric motor set-up, this time producing 313hp. The X5 SUV will return more than 80 MPG and emissions figures come in at 77 g/km CO2 - though, as with the 740e, there is the option to cover around 20 miles in electric-only mode with zero tailpipe emissions.
Also using a 2.0 litre petrol engine combined with an electric motor is the 330e, BMW's 3 Series PHEV entry into the highly competitive small executive car market. Featuring 252hp, the 330e is quoted at returning 134.5 MPG and emitting 44 g/km CO2. Again, the expected electric-only driving range is around 20 miles but, unlike the X5, the 330e is rear wheel drive only.
Finally, the 2 Series Active Tourer gets the eDrive treatment with a smaller engine than in the other three new models. The 225xe uses a turbocharged 1.5 litre, three cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor to offer 224hp. In economy terms, the 225xe is officially able to return 134.5 MPG like the 330e and emissions come in at 46 g/km CO2, though the expected electric range is around 25 miles.
All models prioritise electric-only driving mode when the conditions allow and are due on sale between now and spring 2016.