Thanks to recent advances in battery cell technology, new BMW plug-in hybrid models are extending the possibilities of low-emissions driving – both in the city and beyond.
The latest in the line-up, the exciting new X1 xDrive25e compact crossover, will soon be arriving at Dick Lovett BMW. Featuring hybrid specific all-wheel drive with fast and precise distribution of power, it delivers a high level of driving pleasure and thrilling agility.
BMW x1 PHEV economy and performance
Under the familiar skin of the BMW X1 is a plug-in hybrid powertrain, which uses a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine supported by an electric motor that’s been specifically developed for this particular model. The petrol unit is mated to a six-speed transmission which channels the 123 bhp and 162 pound-feet of torque it generates, a to the front wheels.
The electric motor adds 94 bhp and 122 lb-ft to the equation, sent to the rear wheels through a single-speed transmission. Combined, the two motors push out 217 bhp and a peak torque of 284 lb-ft, capable of accelerating from0 to 62 miles per hour in seven seconds and a top speed of 119 mph. Top speed in electric mode is 84mph.
Range and charge times
The battery on the BMW X1 plug-in hybrid range is made of lithium-ion cells and has a capacity of 9.7 kWh. On a single charge the X1 xDrive25e can travel up to 35 miles. Using a typical UK household plug, it takes 5.5 hours to fully recharge, so it can easily be charged overnight. Using a BMW i Wallbox, a full recharge takes less than 3.6 hours.
Features of the X1 PHEV
The X1 xDrive25e will be available in Sport Line, xLine and M Sport trim levels. Standard equipment includes 17in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, LED headlights and sports seats.
This hybrid crossover will also feature acoustic pedestrian protection, which is activated automatically at speeds of up to 19 mph in electric mode. It generates an unmistakable sound to alert other road users of the car’s approach without disturbing the driver and passengers.
There is a range of driving set-ups to choose from. These include Comfort, Sport and Eco Pro – all of which alter the characteristics of the car. Comfort aims to make the driving experience more relaxed, Sport gives a more responsive drive, while Eco Pro prioritises fuel saving.
BMW plug-in hybrid technology
CO2 emissions of 43-48g/km will grant X1 PHEV drivers free access to the London Congestion Charge zone at least until October 2021, while official fuel economy ranges from 135 to 149mpg.
A range of driving modes: 'Auto eDrive', 'Max' and 'Save Battery', allow you to decide when to run on electric power and when to let the car work out the most efficient mix. Max mode is for maximum use of battery power, while Save Battery mode aims to preserve charge – useful when you know your journey will end in an urban area with emission restrictions and can use battery power.
The X1 PHEV will feature very similar tech to the non-hybrid X1 models, including BMW’s latest raft of driver convenience and safety technology, such as adaptive cruise control, parking sensors and auto-dimming rear view mirror.
BMW X1 PHEV capacity and capability
Luggage capacity stands at 450 litres with the rear seats up. The rear seats fold 40:20:40 and when they are all down the X1 PHEV has a very decent 1,470 litres of cargo space.
If you need to use your BMW for towing, a trailer hitch with an electrically swivelling towbar is available as an option, endowing the X1 xDrive25e with a towing capacity of up to 750kg.
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Prices for the BMW X1 PHEV start at £38,200, with details and pricing on additional options yet to be revealed. Register your interest if you'd like to be kept up to date with all the latest news on the X1 xDrive25e’s impending arrival.