BMW has admitted they are analyzing the prospects of launch a hybrid version of the second generation X1.

BMW has admitted they are analyzing the prospects of launch a hybrid version of the second generation X1.

A source close to BMW's powertrain development team cited by Motoring says the X1's UKL is compatible with a plug-in hybrid setup as demonstrated with a prototype of the 2-Series Active Tourer, but the Bavarian marque isn't sure whether there's enough demand for a hybridized X1. If green-lighted for production, the green X1 would join the much larger X5 xDrive40e which employs a turbo-four 2.0-liter with an electric motor for a 313 PS & 450 Nm combined output.

As for the X1 hybrid, this would obviously come with a lesser hardware arrangement and chances are it would mix up a three-cylinder, 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with an electric motor. In the 2-Series Active Tourer hybrid prototype, the combustion engine generates 136 PS & 220 Nm while the electric motor delivers an extra 88 PS & 165 Nm.

While the hybrid people-carrier is nearing production, BMW will wait a while to further analyze if there are enough people who would by a hybridized X1. 

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