Rumors are swirling about a plug-in hybrid version of the new BMW X1 that will debut later this year. The X1 plug-in hybrid will likely come branded as X1 xDrive 30e under the iPerformance name. The drive train will be be borrowed from the 2 series Active Tourer hybrid that has already been released but not destine for the US.
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Just like in the Active Tourer, hybrid X1 will be powered by a 1.5L engine produces 134hp and 162 lb-ft of torque, driving the front wheels via a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, while an 87hp electric motor will be integrated into the rear axle. Together, the two drive systems produce a combined 221hp and 284 lb-ft of peak torque.
The cool thing about BMW's system is that it can power the front, rear or all four wheels, depending on the drive mode. When using both, the X1 plug-in hybrid will be able to accelerate to 60 MPH in about 7 seconds and top out at closer to 130 mhp. The X1 plug in hybrid will be slightly slower than the 2 series Active Tourer plug in (225xe) due to more weight.
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There will be three pure electric modes named 'AUTO eDRIVE', 'MAX eDRIVE' and SAVE BATTERY, which are also found on the X5 and F30 3 Series plugin hybrids. Expect an electric only range to be between 25-30 miles.
There will not be any bigger visible changes on the outside, probably just some minor details. The only thing that will stand out is the extra fuel door for the charger socket on the front left fender. Stay tuned for more details about the X1 plug-in hybrid as they're uncovered.