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F48 BMW X1 xDrive25e detailed

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A few months ago, BMW finally gave the X1 a facelift, or Life Cycle Impulse (LCI), which included a plug-in hybrid variant called the X1 xDrive25e. The German carmaker has now released more details (and photos) of this specific variant that is set to go on sale in its home market in March next year.

The powertrain used for the xDrive25e is almost identical to one used in the pre-facelift, China-only xDrive25Le, and features a B38 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with 125 PS (123 hp) and 220 Nm of torque, with drive going to the front wheels via a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.

Meanwhile, an electric motor that outputs 95 PS (94 hp) and 165 Nm drives the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission, and is powered by a 9.7 kWh lithium-ion battery (the xDrive25Le has a 10.7 kWh unit instead) located under the rear seats. All in, the total system output is 220 PS (217 hp) and 385 Nm.

According to BMW, a fully charged battery is good for an electric-only range of up to 50 km following WLTP regulations, and a depleted one can be charged up in around five hours using a conventional household socket and the car’s 3.7 kW onboard charger; with a BMW i Wallbox, the time is shortened to 3.6 hours.

All in all, the total system output is 220 PS Performance-wise, the xDrive25e will get from a rest to 100 km/h in seven seconds, and will hit a top speed of 192 km/h, or 135 km/h when running on electricity alone. More importantly, the rated average fuel consumption is from as low as 1.8 litres/100 km, while power consumption is from 15 kWh/100 km and CO2 emissions from 40 g/km.

As with other plug-in hybrid models, there are a number of powertrain modes that drivers can cycle through, and the xDrive25e has three of them – Auto eDrive, Max eDrive and Save Battery. These can be selected independent of the car’s drive modes – Comfort, Sport and Eco Pro.

Standard equipment on the variant includes 17-inch light-alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control with pre-conditioning, acoustic pedestrian protection (engages when driving in EV mode at speeds of up to 30 km/h) and a choice of three packages – Sport Line, xLine and M Sport.

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