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New BMW X1 xDrive25e Plug-in Hybrid

The new BMW X1 range includes the xDrive25e plug-in hybrid model.

The new BMW X1 xDrive25e, due to enter production in March 2020, will be fitted with the latest, fourth-generation BMW PHEV technology used in the BMW i8. The high-voltage batteries used in these models are developed and produced independently by the BMW Group.

Thanks to its 9.7 kWh battery the BMW X1 xDrive25e will be able to cover more than 31 miles on electric power alone. The BMW TwinPower Turbo engine, which generates 125hp and peak torque of 220Nm, will power the front wheels, while the electric drive system with rated output of 95hp and torque of 165Nm will channel its power to the rear wheels. The combination of the two power sources produces an intelligent, part-electric version of BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive technology.

Drivers can select from three drive modes. The default AUTO eDRIVE strikes a balance of electric/non-electric operation, while MAX eDRIVE maximises electric driving and SAVE BATTERY conserves the high-voltage battery’s charge for later in the journey. The plug-in hybrid system can be charged easily from a conventional plug socket or more rapidly using a BMW Wallbox.

The debut of the new PHEV model next year will see the BMW Group stepping up the electrification of its vehicle line-up once again and, by the end of 2019, it will offer 12 electrified models in its product range.

In the meantime, until the PHEV model arrives, the new X1 is powered by a range of three and four-cylinder Twin-Power Turbo engines, using either a front-wheel drive configuration or BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.

There are two petrol and two diesel engines in the range. The petrol range starts with the 140hp 1.5-litre sDrive18i that has a peak torque of 220Nm. It will accelerate from zero to 62mph in 9.7 seconds and then go on to a top speed of 127mph with optional automatic gearbox. It comes with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch auto, while CO2 emissions are 125g/km and combined fuel consumption 37.7- 56.5mpg.

The more powerful 2.0-litre X1 sDrive20i delivers a total power output of 192hp with a maximum torque of 280Nm. The sDrive20i can be specified with a seven-speed Sport dual-clutch automatic, giving a 0-62mph time of in 7.7 seconds. Top speed is 140mph, while CO2 emissions are 129g/km with a combined fuel consumption of 47.9-52.3 mpg. The X1 xDrive20i improves zero to 62mph time to 7.4 seconds with a top speed of 138mph while CO2 emissions are 143g/km with a combined fuel consumption of 38.7-51.4mpg.

The diesel range uses a 2.0-litre engine and both the sDrive and the all-wheel drive xDrive18d models deliver 150hp and a peak torque of 350Nm; 0-62mph is achieved in 9.3-9.4s while emitting 113-1145g/km of CO2. The X1 sDrive18d is offered with a six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed Sport automatic transmission. Combined fuel consumption is 36.7-53.3 mpg for the sDrive and 36.7-55.4mpg for the xDrive.

The 190hp all-wheel-drive xDrive 20d is at the top of the X1 range, delivering maximum torque of 400Nm while emitting just 123g/km CO2 with a combined fuel consumption of 39.8-55.4mpg. Like the 18dxDrive it uses the eight-speed Sport automatic transmission that enables it to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 7.8s and go on to a top speed of 136mph.

The new BMW X1 goes on sale from 29 May 2019 with customer deliveries from mid-July 2019, prices starting from £28,795.