BMW launches two more plug-in hy­brids

Both ar­rive in April

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors - More will fol­low

Ger­man gi­ant BMW is ex­pand­ing the num­ber of eco- friendly ve­hi­cles in its line up with the in­tro­duc­tion of plug- in hy­brid mod­els to the 2 and 3 Se­ries ranges.

The new 2 Se­ries PHEV will cost from £32,545 with the petrol­elec­tric 3 Se­ries priced from £33,395. The prices in­clude the Govern­ment’s £ 2,500 grant for plug-in hy­brid ve­hi­cles.

Both will be ar­riv­ing in April and will be fol­lowed later in the year with plug-in ver­sions of the flag­ship 7 Se­ries sa­loon.

BMW’s first foray into plug-in hy­brid tech­nol­ogy ar­rived last year with the launch of the X5 xDrive40e which gave the SUV a the­o­ret­i­cal fuel econ­omy of 83.1mpg with emis­sions down to 78g/km.

In the new 225xe Ac­tive Tourer and the 330e the po­ten­tial sav­ings on fuel are even greater with the 3 Se­ries rated at 148.7mpg (44g/km CO2) and the 2 Se­ries achiev­ing 141.2mpg with a CO2 fig­ure of 46g/ km.

The 225xe also gets the ben­e­fit of four-wheel-drive with the elec­tric mo­tor pow­er­ing the rear wheels at speeds of up to 78mph and giv­ing the car a 0 to 60 ac­cel­er­a­tion time of 6.7 sec­onds.

The 330e is pow­ered by a 2.0-litre petrol en­gine de­liv­er­ing 184hp mated to an elec­tric mo­tor which gives an over­all out­put of 252hp.

It can drive purely on bat­tery power for up to 25 miles and has a top speed of 140mph with a 0 to 60 time of 6.1 sec­onds mak­ing it quicker than most diesel al­ter­na­tives.

BMW

is ex­pand­ing its range with the 2 and 3 Se­ries PHEV ve­hi­cles

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