MOTOR’s editor, Ray Leathern, is on the frontlines, bringing you the reveals that matter from this year’s IAA motor show in Frankfurt. Here’s the latest from BMW and it’s plug-in hybrid models.
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BMW is coming to the electrification party in a massive way this year at the Frankfurt motor show, unveiling a deluge of plug-in hybrid models to bolster its already extensive passenger car line-up. These include the 2 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, X5 and Mini Countryman.
That covers many bases for buyers and BMW’s electrified i cars have been updated, too. They’ve been upgraded for increased electric range, bringing new comfort/convenience functions when charging.
The updated i3 120 Ah offers a cruising range of 260 km, double that of the first version of the original electric hatchback. BMW believes that these new products will offer a viable alternative for more customers. By increasing the proportion of electrification and employing digital services such as the BMW eDrive Zones, the new plug-in hybrid models are able to make a major contribution to cutting CO2 emissions in urban areas.
According to an August 2019 report, BMW offers a wider choice of electrified models than any of its rivals, while the company is also ranked as the market leader in Germany for new car registrations and the most successful premium brand both globally and in Europe.
The BMW Group will be bringing out yet more models with electrified drive systems in 2020, including plug-in hybrid variants of the X3, X1, as well as the all-electric Mini Cooper SE. By 2023, the total number of models with an electrified powertrain offered by the BMW Groups is set to increase to 25.