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Spied: BMW X1 Hybrid

Spy Photos | September 11th, 2012 by 10
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A BMW X1 Hybrid prototype has been spied for the first time. Ever since its launch in 2009, the E84 X1 was rumored to get …

A BMW X1 Hybrid prototype has been spied for the first time. Ever since its launch in 2009, the E84 X1 was rumored to get a hybrid drivetrain that will compete with similar offerings from Lexus and Audi.

The spy photos reveal the usual “hybrid sticker” seen on test mules, along with the typical hybrid gauges.

No details are known on the drivetrain, but it is fair to assume that the X1 Hybrid will make use of the same setup as the upcoming ActiveHybrid 3: a 3.0 liter six-cylinder turbocharged TwinPower engine aided by an electrical engine to deliver an additional 40 kW (about 53 horsepower).

Spied: BMW X1 Hybrid

In a matter of two-and-a-half years, the BMW X1 has notched up worldwide sales of more than 300,000 units, and has become one of the most successful BMW launches in the last decade. With a choice of five diesel and three petrol engines and an output ranging from 85 kW/116 hp to 180 kW/245 hp, it offers the most wide-ranging engine portfolio in its segment, and the addition of a hybrid will complete the offerings in a segment that could become very competitive in the years to come.

Stay tuned as we learn more about the X1 hybrid!

[Source: Autohome via IndianAutosBlog

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  • Lucky13

    I really don’t understand BMW’s thinking by putting the 3.0 engine in the X1 hybrid, 3 series and 5 series. They have an outstanding turbo 4 to use and with the combination with the electric motor could get great mileage. They keep repeating the 3.0 and never sell any, don’t they realize that if your buying a hybrid you want significantly better mileage or why bother.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      It could be the four cylinder also, I was inclined to write about that, but it was pure speculation.

    • mckillio

      BMW seems to be gearing it towards better performance with the side effect of better mpg. Having said that, there’s no reason not to offer it on the 4 as well.

  • bgdc

    BMW’s silly for not putting the 2.0 diesel in its SAVs. That’s the engine to pair with those cars. The hybrid is just idiotic.

  • Charlotte

    By looking at the photo from the instrument cluster (eDrive, Charge, Battery state of charge level,…) it looks more like an EV and not like an Hybrid.

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  • arth1

    “ranging from 85 kW/116 hp to 180 kW/245 hp” is wrong.
    The straight six in the 35i, sold in the US and Canada, is a 300 hp engine.

  • Jim Luther

    I sure hope that BMW is developing a hybrid version of their fantastic
    new twin-turbo 4, that is in the 3,5, X1, and probably several others in
    2013 (1, X3, Z). It would be way more versatile and get better fuel
    economy than the in-line 6 twin-turbo hybrid, which ultimately gets very
    marginally better city fuel economy (only a couple of gallons/mile
    better). I ASSUME that this is what BMW is working on, though I have
    never seen anyone write about it. It doesn’t make sense to squeeze the
    US-only six cylinder X1 with a hybrid. It’s just too much for realistic
    everyday drivers (even performance oriented ones), especially for the
    cost and the miniscule city fuel economy improvement. Plus, would it
    even FIT under the hood?

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