BMW has expanded its already extensive plug-in hybrid line-up with the addition of the X1 xDrive 25e – soon to be followed by an X2 model with the badge.
Using BMW’s latest generation battery and powertrain systems, the X1 will offer a range of up to 35 miles on a single charge. X2 specifications are yet to be confirmed, with its launch due in the summer, but expect very similar figures to the X1.
Power for the xDrive 25e powertrain comes in at 220hp with 385 Nm of torque available. These are good for a 0-62mph time of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 120mph. This comes from a combination of 1.5 litre petrol engine and 70 kW electric motor.
In terms of efficiency, CO2 emissions are between 43 and 48 g/km depending on specification – coming in Sport Line, xLine, and M Sport trims – with official fuel economy figures between 134.5 and 148.7 MPG.
The usual placement of batteries under the floor and seats minimises impact on practicality. The X1 loses 55 litres of boot space (seats up), but still offers 450 litres. BMW’s drive systems are carried over from other PHEV models, which include Auto eDrive, Max eDrive, and Save Battery. Charging the 10 kWh battery will take a little over three hours on a standard 3 kW home or public charge point.
BMW’s new X1 xDrive 25e is available to order from today (9th January 2020) with deliveries expected from March, and prices starting at £38,200. Both the X1 and X2 models will join PHEV options already available in the shape of the 2 Series Active Tourer, 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, X3, X5, and i8 ranges, plus BMW’s group stable-mate Mini with the Countryman Cooper S E, as well as the all-electric i3.