Updated BMW X1 with new plug-in hybrid option revealed

Updated BMW X1 with new plug-in hybrid option revealed

A subtle facelift and a new electrified model are offered on the new version of BMW’s popular crossover.

BMW has unveiled the facelifted version of its X1 crossover – the firm’s best-selling SUV model.

A new plug-in hybrid option is the highlight of the new range, with the X1 set to benefit from the same electric power that is fitted to the i8 sports car.

Badged as the X1 xDrive25e, the PHEV option has a 9.7kWh battery that can travel up to 31 miles on electric power alone – with this version is due to enter production in March next year.

The X1 hasn’t been fully restyled, but has received a subtle update with a larger kidney grille that merges in the middle, and new LED headlights, which are fitted as standard. Larger air intakes are also fitted, while LED lights also appearing at the rear.

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Two new paint colours – Misano Blue and BMW Individual Storm Bay metallic – are available, alongside four new wheel designs.

The interior has also been updated with new upholstery and contrast stitching, while leather upholstery is now fitted as standard to M Sport models. One of the key differences, though, is a new infotainment screen, which incorporates the latest version of BMW’s iDrive system. A range of connected services can be accessed via an app, which can allow for vehicle status updates, as well as remote locking and unlocking of the vehicle.

Four trim levels are available– SE, Sport, xLine and M Sport – and alongside the new plug-in hybrid, two petrol and two diesel engines are offered.

The petrol choice is between a 138bp 1.5-litre engine (badged sDrive18i) and a 189bhp 2.0-litre unit (sDrive20i) – the latter being the quickest X1, thanks to a 0-60mph time of 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 138mph.

As for diesels, buyers can pick between two 2.0-litre diesel units (xDrive18d and xDrive20d), which produce 148bhp and 187bhp respectively.

The facelifted X1 is available to order from today, with prices starting from £28,795. First customer deliveries are expected in the middle of July.

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