Bold, sporty and visually striking, the BMW X1 has received a mid-cycle update, adding another chapter to the Sports Activity Vehicle’s ongoing success story. The big news for hybrid fans is that a plug-in hybrid X1 will be added to the range of petrol and diesel options, with production starting in March next year. Called the X1 xDrive25e, it will use technology lifted from the high-performance i8 sports car and have an electric-only range of 31 miles. The electric motor will have 95 horsepower, and the petrol engine 125 horsepower. It’ll be an all-wheel drive, with the petrol engine driving the back wheels and the fronts powered by the electric motor.
Under the familiar skin of the X1 is a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which uses a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine supported by an electric motor, specifically developed for this particular model. The gas unit generates 125 horsepower (92 kilowatts) and 162 pound-feet (220 Newton-meters) of torque and is mated to a six-speed transmission channeling the power to the front wheels.
The impressive efficiency of the petrol and diesel versions offered for the new BMW X1 merely whets the appetite for the arrival of the first X1 with a plug-in hybrid drive system outside China. The debut of the new model next year will see BMW stepping up the electrification of its vehicle line-up once again. BMW has been the most successful manufacturer of premium plug-in hybrid models worldwide since 2015. And by the end of 2019 the BMW Group will offer twelve electrified models in its product range.
On the outside, the compact SUV gets a new front fascia that is reminiscent of the one on the latest X3, with a larger double kidney grille (now joined in the middle, just like the new 1 Series ), three-dimensional corona ring” daytime running lights for the 9006 led headlight bulb and slimline LED fog lights that now fit within the reshaped corner air inlets. At the back, you get optional LED tail lights with L-shaped graphics.
On the inside, the most noticeable change is the larger touch-screen display located above the central console. It appears to be the 10.25-inch unit found in the new 3 Series. Before the facelift, the X1 came with either a 6.5-inch or 8.8-inch display. Other modifications include a sleeker gear knob and a new black-panel treatment on the instrument cluster.
The BMW X1 demonstrates its qualities most prominently while on the move. The heartbeat of the new model is supplied by a spread of three- and four-cylinder engines. Efficient and sporty in equal measure, their power is translated – via BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive or a cutting-edge front-wheel-drive configuration, depending on the model variant – into dynamic performance on the road and supreme driving pleasure over rough terrain.