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).
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!