BMW has revised its compact SUV X1. For the first time, the German company also wants to offer a plug-in hybrid in the series. The conventionally powered versions of the refreshed X1 will be available from dealers as early as summer 2019, while the PHEV will not be on sale until 2020.
While the BMW X1 xDrive25e is already available in China, it will not be offered in Germany until next year. According to preliminary figures, the plug-in hybrid has a combined fuel consumption of 2.0 litres, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 43 g/km. BMW says that the electric range is “more than 50 kilometres”. Notably, this value was calculated back from the WLTP process to the older NEZF figures. In WLTP and in practice, the range is therefore likely to be even lower.
Regarding X1’s facelift, BMW has said that the energy storage unit achieves a gross energy content of 9.7 kWh. Assuming a net capacity of 8 kWh and 50 km purely electrical range, this would result in electricity consumption of 16 kWh/100 km.
The X1 xDrive25e apparently uses a revised version of the technology from the BMW 225xe Active Tourer. This is a three-cylinder petrol engine, which drives the front axle, and the electric drive that is installed on the rear axle. This means that the X1 has an all-wheel drive when both engines work together – otherwise it has front-wheel or rear-wheel drive.
By the end of 2019, BMW wants to have twelve electrified models on offer – including the Mini. In 2020, a total of more than ten new or fourth-generation electrified vehicles are to be added, and the German company hopes that the new battery will provide higher electrical ranges for plug-in hybrids in particular. We have summarised the electric options from BMW here.
The next step will be the all-electric Mini before the all-electric BMW i4 and iNext come onto the market this year. Whether the next generation of the i8, so far a plug-in hybrid, will come out as a purely electric car, will reportedly be decided this year. Either way: According to BMW, at least 25 electrified vehicles should be on offer by 2025.
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