Wednesday 26 June 2019

Plug-in hybrid for BMW's revised SUV - the X1 - due early next year

BMW x1
BMW x1
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

The revised BMW X1 (pictured) arrives in July and will cost from €38,975 on-the-road.

Apart from the brand's popular SUV being given something of a mid-life makeover, including several visual tweaks, the most significant advance is the news that it will get a petrol plug-in hybrid version early next year.

The latter will join the current range of models with 3cyl and 4cyl engines powering them.

BMW says there are increased levels of standard equipment and a simplified option structure across the revised range.

Order books for the popular little SUV are now open.

Among the more notable visual changes are the larger kidney grille - a trend across all of its new and updated models.

And there are reshaped lights and bumpers to give it a fresher look.

Little things such as bigger exhaust pipes add to that too.

M Sport versions include a 10mm drop in ride-height, for example.

The cabin benefits from new materials and upholstery but the infotainment screens are unchanged.

The main news really is the arrival of the xDrive25e four-wheel-drive version. It is expected next March. Powering it is a 123bhp, 3cyl petrol engine and a 94bhp electric motor.

A 9.7kWh battery pack gives a claimed 50km electric-only range. In real-world driving that is more likely to be 35/40km.

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