BMW brings new hybrid tech to X2 crossover and 37 other models
|driving.ca 28 May 2020 at 17:23|
BMW is literally electrifying its lineup for the summer of 2020, adding almost 40 new hybrid models to the stable, including the brand-new X2 crossover hybrid.
No, X2 xDrive25e is not one of the prospective names Elon Musk was thinking of naming his kid, but instead BMW’s latest hybrid crossover.
The X2 builds on the technology pioneered by the i3 and i8 to create a family friendly and and efficient vehicle.
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Powering the vehicle is a 1.5-litre three-cylinder gasoline engine that makes 125 horsepower coupled to an electric motor with an output of 95 horsepower, for a combined output of 220 horsepower. The gasoline motor powers the front wheels, and the electric motor powers the rear, giving the vehicle split-power all-wheel-drive.
A clean 100 km/h can happen from zero in just 6.8 seconds, before the X2 presses on to a top speed of 195 km/h; on purely electric power, the X2 can hit 135 km/h, with a maximum range of 53 kilometres, and the combined effect makes for an economy rating of 15 L/100 km.
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A tonne of other BMW models will also be getting the hybrid treatment — 37 of them in fact. The BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series and 7 Series will all receive electrification, as well as the X3 , X4 , X5 , X6 and X7. The addition of hybrid models in BMW’s lineup will help the brand work toward a lower overall carbon footprint.
The slightly facelifted X2 hybrid can be distinguished from the gasoline and diesel models by its new fascia sans fog lights, a cue which will show up on the regular BMW X2 come September.