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BMW is bringing four new plug-in hybrids to the Frankfurt auto show later this month, with each vehicle building on a different brand segment.
These will add to BMW’s alternatively powered lineup, which includes the battery electric i3 and the i8 plug-in sports car. These are powered by BMW’s eDrive technology, which will also transfer to the four new vehicles.
BMW X5 xDrive40e
For its sport utility segment, BMW will soon be launching the plug-in hybrid X5 xDrive40e (seen above).
“Like the BMW i8,” explained the carmaker, “the X5 xDrive40e, BMW 330e and BMW 740e can all – at the touch of a button in MAX eDrive mode – run on purely electric power up to 120 km/h (75 mph), the BMW 225xe up to 125 km/h (78 mph).”
All-electric range on the X5 xDrive40e is limited to about 15 miles in urban settings and about 37 miles during highway driving.
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BMW is offering the new 6th generation of its top end 7 series with plenty of powertrain options. In addition to the gasoline- and diesel-only sedans, three different plug-in hybrids will available: the 740e, 740Le and 740 Le xDrive. All three will use a four-cylinder inline engine that features a turbocharger and direct fuel injection. The 83 kW synchronous electric motor and lithium-ion battery powers the sedan in all-electric mode for about
As the brand’s most luxurious class, BMW is outfitting the 7 series will all sorts of indulgent accoutrements.
“Maximizing well-being in the interior, meanwhile, are the Executive Lounge feature with massage function, the illuminated Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof, just the right amount of accent lighting and a smartphone holder with inductive charging station,” BMW said of the series newest generation.
Mounted in the 7 series is also a full suite of semiautonomous technology, including “the latest generation of the BMW Head-Up Display, Crossing traffic warning, the Steering and lane control assistant, active side collision protection and the Surround View system with 3D View and Panorama View.”
BMW’s entry-level 2 Series will offer a less expensive plug-in hybrid with the 225e, which goes on sales next spring. A 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine powers the front wheels, while a 65 kW electric motor drives the rear wheels.
This setup “produces an electrified all-wheel-drive system that is quite unique in the BMW 225xe’s segment and promises outstanding traction in all weathers, especially in adverse conditions,” said BMW. “The plug-in hybrid drive has an overall system output of 165 kW/224 horsepower”
Up one level from the previous segment, BMW’s 3 Series will also get a new plug-in hybrid. The 333e will offer a little more power than the 225xe (rated at 252 horsepower overall), and features a slightly larger 2.0 liter four cylinder engine as part of its hybrid powertrain.
In addition to these four plug-in hybrids, BMW intends to also display other technologies.
“The most recent innovation is BMW i Light and Charge – a street light from which the high-voltage battery in an electric car can also be recharged,” the company said.