This New BMW X1 Variant Could Be Banned In America

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This version of the current X1 is forbidden fruit in the US - will this change for the next-generation model?

For the first time, the BMW X1 will be available with a traditional combustion engine, a battery-electric powertrain, and a plug-in hybrid setup when the next-generation model goes on sale. Last month, we got our first look at the all-electric iX1 that will take on the Mercedes EQB and Audi Q4 e-tron, while the combustion-powered version was caught being put through its paces back in the summer.

Now, our spies have caught the plug-in hybrid BMW X1 undergoing testing in Germany for the first time. Unfortunately, the extensive camouflage does a good job of disguising the design details.

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However, the "hybrid test sticker" stamped on the doors and rear tells us this X1 prototype has an electrified powertrain hiding under the hood. A closer look also reveals a charging point on the front fender, confirming the new X1 will get the plug-in hybrid treatment.

As we saw on the first prototype, the new X1 will get a sleek new look, adopting slimmer headlights, new taillights inspired by the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, and a sloped roofline. It also appears to have a larger grille than the current model, but don't worry, it won't be as massive as 2021 BMW 4 Series' gaping grille.

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Technical details for the new X1 are still unknown. In the US, the BMW X1 is only offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. In Europe, however, a more efficient xDrive25e plug-in hybrid variant was added to the X1 family this year.

Pairing a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with an electric motor, this setup delivers a combined 217 hp and 284 lb-ft while offering an electric driving range of 32 miles. BMW never offered the plug-in hybrid X1 in the US, so the next-generation model could suffer the same fate. We'll find out in 2022 when the new X1 is expected to debut.

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