Will be badged as the 'X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance.'

We’ve been sharing spy shots of the plug-in hybrid BMW X1 for quite some time and now the eco-friendly crossover is finally here. The problem is, much like the 1 Series Sedan, the alternatively-powered X1 is a China-only affair. Set to be sold in the People’s Republic as the ‘X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance,’ the model is making its debut at the Chengdu Motor Show 2016 as the very first plug-in hybrid in the compact luxury SUV segment.

BMW Brilliance will be in charge of assembly and is going to pair a turbocharged three-cylinder, 1.5-liter engine mounted at the front with an electric motor sitting in the back. The combustion engine pushes out 134 horsepower (100 kilowatts) and 162 pound-feet (220 Newton-meters) of torque delivered to the road through a six-speed gearbox, whereas the electric motor generates up to 94 hp (70 kW) and an instant torque of 122 lb-ft (165 Nm). With the power of the two combined, the hybridized X1 will have 284 lb-ft (385 Nm) which is going to be enough for a 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) sprint in a respectable 7.4 seconds. In electric mode, the crossover will be able to max out at 75 mph (120 kph).

With this being a plug-in hybrid, prospect buyers will be mostly interested in fuel consumption. BMW says the model will need only 1.8 liters / 100 km (130 mpg US / 157 mpg UK) in the combined cycle and will be able to cover as much as 37 miles (60 km) solely on electric power thanks to the 10.7-kWh lithium battery. Once the battery pack is depleted, a full recharge is going to take 3.7 hours or 2.9 hours to reach an 80-percent charge level. If we take into account the 35-liter gasoline tank, the maximum range will stand at approximately 391 miles (630 km).

BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance
BMW X1 Long Wheelbase

There’s not much to talk about in terms of design since we only have one official image for now and it’s showing the X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance looking virtually the same as the conventional long-wheelbase model, yet another China-only product. The only differences are the extra cap on the front-left fender and the BMW i logo noticeable under the charge port and also on the C-pillar. BMW mentions it will sell the plug-in hybrid derivative with optional Cross Country and Sport packages as well as with a total of 10 body colors.

The interior will be almost as roomy as the one you get in the stretched X1 and will benefit from a sunroof along with 40:20:40-split rear seat backrest that will slide back and forth by up to 13 cm (5.1 inches). Cargo capacity will vary between 445 liters (15.7 cubic feet) with the seats up and 1,550 liters (54.7 cu. ft.) once you fold them down, while the electrically-powered trunk will prove to be useful whenever carrying luggage.

Sales of the BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance will begin in China either by the year’s end or early 2017.

Check the press release area for further information.

Source: BMW

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