Madrid Municipal Police Take Delivery Of 169 Electrified BMWs
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 225xe is the plug-in hybrid variant of Bimmer’s tiny front-wheel-drive MPV, which is, mercifully, not sold in the States. It will also be used in the oldest parts of the city, built well before the kind people of Madrid knew the city would one day be occupied by horseless carriages.
Every other car on the list is a mild hybrid with a 48-volt battery. The models include the 2 Series Active Tourer 220i, 5 Series Saloon (530i), and X5 xDrive30d. Out of these, only the 530i is sold in the USA. It’s powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 248 horsepower and 257 lb-ft of torque.
We’re most interested in the BMW X5 xDrive30d. The USA only gets gas-powered X5s, but we know the turbocharged six-cylinder diesel in the 30d quite well. It’s good, but Americans are allergic to diesel following the ongoing Dieselgate scandal.
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