BMW X2 plug-in hybrid revealed with £38,200 price (Adrian Padeanu)
BMW X2 xDrive25e

Has 35-mile electric range

BMW electrified the X1 in Europe back in September 2019 with the unveiling of the xDrive25e version and now the mechanically related X2 is getting the same plug-in hybrid treatment. Save for the extra cap on the front-left fender/wing to conceal the charging port, you can’t really tell this is the plug-in hybrid version. Well, there’s also the badge on the tailgate, but other than that, it looks just about the same as the conventionally powered X2.

If you’re not a fan of small engines, you’re probably not going to like the X2 xDrive25e. That’s because underneath its bonnet resides a turbocharged 1.5-litre mill with three cylinders and output rated at 123 bhp and 162 pound-feet (220 Newton-metres) of torque. The petrol engine sends its muscle to the front wheels through a six-speed Steptronic transmission.

The combustion engine works together with an electric motor that transfers 94 bhp and 122 lb-ft (165 Nm) to the rear axle to enable an all-wheel-drive setup when the X2 xDrive25e is driven in hybrid mode. The posh compact crossover can also temporarily work in RWD by relying only on the electric motor, which takes its juice from a 10-kWh lithium-ion battery pack providing a range of 55 to 57 kilometres (34 to 35 miles).

With the power of the petrol engine and electric motor combined, the stylish crossover offers a total output of 217 bhp and 284 lb-ft (385 Nm). The electrified powertrain unlocks a 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a decent 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 121 mph (195 km/h). That makes it a tenth of a second quicker than the equivalent X1 and also has a marginally higher top speed. When driven in pure electric mode, the top speed drops to 84 mph (135 km/h).

Once the battery is drained, a full charge will take approximately five hours while replenishing the battery to an 80-percent level will take just under four hours. Go for the BMW i Wallbox and the full recharge time will drop to a little over three hours whereas the 80-percent charge will take almost two and a half hours.

The X2 xDrive25’e launch is part of BMW’s goal to have more than one million electrified vehicles on the road by late 2021. The company estimates a quarter of the vehicles sold in Europe by then will be electrified, with the percentage estimated to reach 33 by the middle of the decade and 50 percent by 2030. To achieve this objective, four new X PHEV models are on the agenda as part of a greater plan to launch 25 new electrified vehicles by 2023.

Priced from £38,200 the X2xDrive25e is available to order from 9 January with customer deliveries from March 2020.

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