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BMW hybrid cars launch date just confirmed for 2016!

BMW have just announced the launch date for the brand new plug-in petrol-electric models of the 2, 3 and 7 Series. The BMWs will be available to buy in the UK from early 2016 after being unveiled at this month’s Frankfurt Show.

Joining the X5 xDrive40e and i8 sports coupé, the new 225xx, 330e and 740e will expand the German company’s petrol-electric range to five models.

The 225xe Active Tourer uses i8 hybrid tech to provide either front-wheel, rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. It can run for 25 miles on electricity supplied by its 7.7kWh lithium-ion battery to an 88bhp motor. This supports a 1.5-litre, 134bhp 3-cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels through a six-speed auto gearbox. With a combined power of 221bhp, its top speed is 126mph and its claimed 0-62mph time is 6.7sec.

The rear-drive only 330xe uses a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine and electric motor to deliver 248bhp and 310lb ft of torque. Like the 225xe, its electric-only range is 25 miles. The 330’s combined economy figure is 148.7mpg with 44g/km of Cor emissions.

On offer in both standard and long-wheelbase versions, the 740e has the option of four-wheel drive in the extended 740Le xDrive model. Again, as with the 330e, the hybrid system currently in the X5 xDrive40e is used. Its vital statistics are 321bhp, 369lb ft, 134.5mpg and 49g/km.

New BMW chairman Harald Krüger has promised more petrol-electric cars to come through 2016.

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