Our sister magazine Bimmertoday spotted a Zinoro 1E prototype in Munich. The Zinoro 1E electric SUV made its debut in late 2013 at the Guangzhou Auto Show. Zinoro 1E is based on the previous generation BMW X1 platform and it’s the first vehicle to emerge under the Brilliance-BMW joint venture focused on building electric cars.

The Zinoro 1E is the first work of the Chinese vendor with Bavarian roots and has been on sale in China since 2014.


Zinoro 1E is powered by a BMW-developed ‘IB1P25B’ electric motor with an output of 170hp and 250nm (186 lb-ft) of torque. Power comes from a iron phosphate lithium-ion battery made by Ningde Times New Energy Technology. Top speed is 130km/h. Range is 150km. Curb weight is a hefty 1970kg.


It remains unclear the purpose of the Zinoro prototype on the street of Munich, but if we were to guess we would say that BMW is working on some sort of a powertrain upgrade .

The Zinoro brand is called Zhi Nuo in Chinese, which translates to “The Promise.”