BMW unveils the X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance plugin hybrid slotted to launch in China this year. The long wheelbase X1 is built exclusively for the Chinese market and borrows the powertrain from the 225xe Active Tourer launched last year in Europe.

The front wheels are driven by a three-cylinder, turbocharged 134hp 1.5-litre petrol unit, while the electric motor produces up to 94hp. BMW says that both power systems provide up to 283 lb-ft (385Nm) of peak torque, allowing the plug-in hybrid to accelerate from standstill to 62mph (0-100km/h) in 7.4 seconds.

BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance

Fuel economy is rated at 1.8 liter/100km with the all-electric range set at 37 miles (60km), thanks to a 10.7 kWh high-voltage lithium battery pack. The combined driving range is 391 miles (630km) and the fuel tank has a capacity of 35 liters (9.2 gallons).

The Auto eDrive mode has a top speed of 50mph (80km/h). There is also a Max eDrive mode which lets you accelerate up to 74mph (120km/h) using electric power alone.

BMW says that the battery pack can be fully charged in 3.7 hours, reaching an 80% charge in 2.9 hours, with a 220V / 16A charging wall-box. The vehicle’s air-conditioning system now uses an electrically-driven compressor with the rest of the electrical systems also powered from the energy stored in the battery.

[Source: Carscoops]