BMW X1 hybrid: further details of xDrive25e plug-in model for 2020 confirmed

A plug-in hybrid version of the BMW X1 SUV will be available next year, boasting a 35-mile electric range and CO2 emissions of 43g/km

BMW X1

Further details of the BMW X1 plug-in hybrid SUV, which will go on sale in March 2020, have been released by the company. It'll go into competition with other premium plug-in hybrid SUVs, such as the Volvo XC40 T5 and DS 7 Crossback E-Tense.

The X1 xDrive25e will be capable of up to 35 miles of electric, zero-emissions running thanks to its 9.7kWh battery. Recharging will take around five hours from a normal domestic socket, dropping to just over three-and-a-half hours from a BMW i home wallbox.

All-wheel drive will feature, with a 123bhp, 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine powering the front wheels and a 94bhp electric motor driving the rears, with a total combined output of 217bhp. That translates to a 0-62mph time of seven seconds a maximum speed of 119mph. Top speed in electric mode is 84mph.

‘Auto eDrive’, ‘Max eDrive’ and ‘Save Battery’ modes will be available, allowing drivers to decide when to run on electric power and when to let the car work out the most efficient mix. CO2 emissions of 43g/km will grant X1 PHEV drivers free access to the London Congestion Charge zone until stricter regulations are introduced in October 2021, while it's expected to return up to 141mpg fuel economy.

Exact UK specifications haven't been revealed yet, but in its home market of Germany, the X1 xDrive25e will be offered with 17-inch light alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic air-conditioning and remote pre-conditioning of the interior using the BMW ConnectedDrive app on a smartphone. Entry-level, Sport Line, xLine and M Sport trim levels will be available, although not all of these will necessarily make it to the UK.

The front sports a larger kidney grille and new bumper in addition to reworked LED lights. Meanwhile, the mirror on the driver’s side houses a two-tone ‘puddle light’ which projects the X1 name onto the ground below and makes it easier to see obstacles when getting in and out at night.

Inside, three new upholstery options boost the total number available to 13, while the latest version of BMW’s ConnectedDrive system is included, too. This provides real-time traffic information as well as a ‘Concierge Service’ that allows drivers to book and pay for things on the go.

Prices are expected to start from around £35,000, and the arrival of the plug-in hybrid next year will coincide with a mid-life facelift for the X1. The German brand is promising updated styling both outside and inside, as well as new technology for its smallest SUV.