BMW X1 xDrive 25e plug-in hybrid confirmed for 2020

A new plug-in hybrid version of the BMW X1 SUV will be available next year

A BMW X1 plug-in hybrid SUV will go on sale in March 2020, the company has announced.

Performance figures have yet to be released, but the X1 xDrive 25e should be capable of more than 31 miles of electric, zero-emissions range thanks to its 9.7kWh battery.

All-wheel drive will feature, with a 123bhp, four-cylinder petrol engine powering the front wheels and a 94bhp electric motor driving the rears.

‘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.

However, while the range and efficiency figures have been calculated using the latest WLTP test, BMW says the numbers above have been translated into the old, less stringent NEDC system to ensure parity with the rest of its line-up.

This means the X1’s actual specifications could be slightly less promising when they’re confirmed prior to the car going on sale.

Prices are expected to start from around £35,000.

The arrival of the plug-in hybrid next year will follow a mid-life facelift for the X1 in 2019: the German brand is promising updated styling both outside and inside, as well as new technology for its smallest SUV.

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.

Entry-level trims are set to get an 8.8-inch infotainment screen as standard, with a 10.25-inch upgrade available as an option. Apple CarPlay will also be an optional extra, as will a full-colour, head-up display.