Want a BMW i8 but can’t afford one? Perhaps something in the compact crossover category might fit your budget better. The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has been selling well, and so the company has decided to take the powertrain from the i8, turn it around, install it in that car, and call it the BMW 225xe Active Tourer.
It gets BMW’s 136 horsepower, 1.5 liter, three-cylinder engine mounted transversely at the front to power the front wheels through a six-speed automatic. It also gets an 88 horsepower electric motor to power the rear wheels through a two-speed transmission. Together, they will move the 225xe Active Tourer to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.2 seconds — not bad for a front-wheel-drive hybrid crossover.
The car’s onboard electronics can call upon either or both power sources to give it an intelligent all-wheel-drive system. It can send power to the front wheels, rear wheels, or all four wheels, depending on driving circumstances. The system can also work with the Dynamic Stability Control to optimize traction, acceleration, and efficiency.
In the European test cycle, the 225xe uses about 2 liters of fuel to go 100 kilometers, on average. The hybrid system adds about 300 pounds to the weight of the car, which will go on sale in Europe in 2016. There is no word on price at the moment. We also don’t know if this car will make its way to the US. BMW is under pressure to meet stringent new emissions standards imposed by the European Union, but with gas prices in the US near $2.00 a gallon and trending lower, fuel economy is the furthest thing from the mind of American buyers.
That’s a shame, because the BMW 225xe Active Tourer is a stylish, efficient package. Perhaps when gas prices go up — as they eventually will — this car will make it into US showrooms.
Source & Photos: BMW Blog