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.
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.
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.