Later this year, BMW’s second-generation X1 line-up is set to be joined by a plug-in hybrid variant that uses an updated version of the BMW 225xe Active Tourer’s petrol-electric powertrain. Promising an electric range of up to 35.4 miles, this all-new PHEV is the latest model to join BMW’s recent push towards electrification.
Featuring the same five-seat SUV practicality that the BMW X1 is known for, the new BMW X1 xDrive25e will use a turbocharged 1.5-litre engine and a rear axle mounted electric motor to create a total output of 217bhp and 284lb ft of torque (123bhp and 169lb ft from the petrol engine. 94bhp and 122lb ft from the electric motor).
The 70kW electric motor gets its power from a new 9.7kWh lithium-ion battery that opens up an electric-only range of 35.4 miles up to speeds of 84mph. The latest in battery technology from BMW, it is capable of charging from either a standard household plug or through a wallbox; the latter offering full charge in as little as 3.6 hours.
Thanks to the electric motor powering the rear axle and the petrol engine powering the front wheels, the BMW X1 PHEV is capable of offering front-, rear- or four-wheel drive depending on the driving mode that is selected. These driving modes also influence suspension setup and the way in which the X1’s electric power is utilised.
In order to keep the BMW X1’s spacious interior, the high-voltage battery has been placed underneath the rear seats. The result is the same interior practicality as the traditionally powered version and a 450 litre boot (increased to 1,470 litres with the rear seats folded down). The BMW X1 PHEV can also be specified with a detachable ballhead trailer tow hitch, adding further practicality and freedom to BMW’s new plug-in hybrid.
Promoting BMW’s ethos of sustainable energy, the all-new BMW X1 xDrive 25e will join the range later this year and we’re quite excited about it – smart styling, BMW electric power and BMW driving dynamics, what’s not to like? What do you think of the new X1 PHEV? Let us know on Facebook, Linkedin or Instagram.