New BMW X2 xDrive25e plug-in hybrid revealed

New BMW X2 xDrive25e plug-in hybrid revealed

The electrified SUV joins BMW’s ever-expanding range of PHEV options

BMW has unveiled its latest plug-in hybrid model – the new X2 xDrive25e.

The new X2 xDrive25e shares its powertrain with the Mini Countryman Plug-in Hybrid and BMW X1 xDrive25e, mating a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine together with an electric motor and 10kWh battery to produce a combined 217bhp, which enables a 0-60mph time of 6.6 seconds. Providing the batteries are topped up, it is also four-wheel-drive.

It can travel for a claimed 35 miles on electricity, which contributes to some impressive running costs – BMW claims it will return 149mpg, with CO2 emissions of 43g/km. Charged using BMW’s home ‘i Wallbox’, the battery can also be topped up in 3.2 hours.

This new plug-in hybrid ushers in slight changes elsewhere to the X2 ranges, too, with all X2s produced from July onwards coming with a revised front end, which no longer features conventional front fog lights. A new colour called Phytonic Blue metallic also joins the range.

Three driving modes control the X2 xDrive25e’s power – including ‘Auto’, which chooses the best power mix, ‘Max’, which uses electricity wherever possible at speeds up to 84mph and ‘Save Battery’ that allows you to keep the charge to use later in the journey (in city centres, for example).

The battery takes a slight chunk out of the X2’s boot space – reducing it from 470 to 410 litres, though BMW says it offers uncompromised passenger space.

Pricing and specs for this new plug-in hybrid X2 are yet to be announced, though expect it to be offered in the same trim levels as regular petrol and diesel versions of this SUV. Expect prices to start from around £40,000 when it goes on sale in July.

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