BMW has revealed a new iPerformance model based on the X1 small SUV, called the X1 xDrive25Le. It made its debut at the Chengdu motor show in China.
The SUV is the latest product under BMW’s new iPerformance sub-brand. The brand, announced earlier this year, has been set up as an umbrella for all of its eco-focused models and technologies.
As such, the X1 xDrive25Le becomes the first plug-in hybrid in the small premium SUV segment. It’s powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine at the front axle, producing 100kW and 220Nm.
Paired up with this is an electric motor for the rear axle, providing all-wheel drive. The electric motor supplies up to 70kW and 165Nm. Combined, peak torque is rated at 385Nm, which is enough for a claimed 0-100km/h sprint in 7.4 seconds.
Of course, being a hybrid, the main focus is on economy. Fuel consumption for the combined cycle is rated at an unbelievable 1.8L/100km. Using the 10.7kWh lithium battery, the X1 can also be driven on electric power alone for a range of about 60km (120km/h top speed), with a potential cruising range of 630km when utilising the 35-litre petrol tank and petrol motor.
In terms of charging, a 220V/16A wall box can fully charge the system in 3.7 hours, or to 80 per cent in 2.9 hours. Interestingly, the X1 uses a special electric-powered air-con system powered by its own battery to conserve power.
Due to the electric system, boot space is sacrificed, but only just. Compared with the xDrive25i, capacity drops from 505 litres to 445L. With the rear seats folded down though the volume remains unchanged at 1550L.
BMW has confirmed the model will go on sale in China only at this stage, however, other iPerformance products have been released in other markets including in Australia.