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BMW Have Electrified their X1

By Phil Gardner | October 7, 2019


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Meet the new BMW X1 xDrive25e - a hybrid SAV

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The BMW brand has launched another further push toward their electrified future after announcing a hybrid version of their X1 compact crossover or, what they are calling, an ‘SAV’ - Sports Activity Vehicle.

It seems like a savvy, sensible and strategic decision from the Bavarians, as they’re occupying a very neglected niche in the small crossover market, as there aren’t many premium hybrid models available at this size or price point.

So, what’s it all about?

Well, the car will be badged as a BMW X1 xDrive25e and the key figure to take away is that it will have an emissions-free range of up to 57 kilometres on a full charge. Of course, this is a hybrid and it is not intended to be used solely as an electric car, instead, the electric motor is used to take the strenuous tasks away from the petrol engine, such as getting started and low-speed acceleration.

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How does that equate to real-world efficiency then? Well, when tested to the WLTP standards, BMW has stated that this new hybrid X1 will return a solid 130 mpg when driven sensibly. We’re sure you’ll agree, that is exceptional.

The engine beneath the bonnet is only a 1.5 litre, 3-cylinder petrol unit but it has plenty of power thanks to ‘BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology’ and electric drive technology which has been developed specifically for this model. The Hybrid X1 will be available exclusively as an all-wheel-drive model with 217 brake horsepower and 284lb/ft of torque - that will be more than enough to compensate for the added weight of the hybrid technology.

In terms of performance figures, BMW has promised a 0-60 mph time of 7.0 seconds and the car will go on to a top speed of 119mph, which is more than you’ll ever need realistically...

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The battery that powers the electric motor is situated beneath the rear row of seats which keeps the vehicles centre of gravity low while leaving the majority of the loading capacity untouched. Luggage space is only marginally reduced in the hybrid version of the X1, and there is still 450 litres of space in the boot, extending to 1,470 litres of space with the rear seats folded down.

The X1 xDrive25e appears at first glance to be a genuinely promising package for premium ‘SAV’ buyers as it is efficient, practical, desirable and relatively powerful too. There is currently no concrete confirmation on the pricing structure for this new model but if you feel that it’s a car that’s stirring up some interest then, by all means, get in touch with us to arrange a test drive. 

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