A prototype of the seven-seat BMW X1 has been caught on camera and it was powered by a plug-in hybrid setup.

A prototype of the seven-seat BMW X1 has been caught on camera and it was powered by a plug-in hybrid setup.

It was seen testing in southern Europe and most likely the hardware arrangement consisted of a front-mounted three-cylinder 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine teamed up with an electric motor installed at the back. In the 2-Series Active Tourer plug-in hybrid prototype, the combustion engine generates 136 PS (100 kW) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque while the electric motor is rated at 88 PS (65 kW) and 165 Nm (122 lb-ft).

The BMW X1 plug-in hybrid will ride on the same UKL platform, but compared to the regular five-seat version it will have a stretched wheelbase to enable a more spacious cabin capable of hosting two additional rear seats which will likely be suitable only for kids.

Chances are the seven-seater X1 will be available right away in a plug-in hybrid guise along with the rest of the engines offered on the regular conventionally-powered SAV which is now in its second generation. BMW could decide to show us the seven-seater X1 next month at the Frankfurt Motor Show, unless they decide to wait for early next year.

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