At Auto Shanghai 2019, BMW Brilliance Automotive will introduce the new edition of the BMW X1 xDrive25Le. Developed exclusively for the Chinese automotive market with extended wheelbase and plug-in drive, the new X1 25Le now has an electrically powered range of up to 110 kilometers. Its combined fuel consumption has also been improved – 72 percent lower than before. The new BMW X1 xDrive25Le is produced at BMW Brilliance Automotive’s Tiexi plant in Shenyang, China.
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In 2018 the BMW X1 xDrive25Le was China’s top-selling plug-in hybrid vehicle in the premium SUV segment. The BMW X1 xDrive25Le was conceived of especially to meet the needs and preferences of Chinese customers and it’s the only market to sell this PHEV.
The X1 25Le comes with a new battery pack and therefore 83 percent more electric orange while the fuel consumption is rated at 1.3 liters per 100 km. In the new battery cells, the ratio of nickel, cobalt and manganese in the anode material is 8 : 1 : 1. The expanded nickel share increases energy density, while the reduction in the cobalt component means that less rare earth material is required. Despite the fact that the design is still compact, the weight of the battery – which is positioned at a very low point in the vehicle floor – is only increased by 2.5 kilograms. Like the vehicle as a whole, the high-voltage battery is manufactured at the Shenyang site.
The plug-in hybrid system of the new BMW X1 xDrive25Le comprises a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology driving the front wheels, with an electric motor that delivers its power to the rear wheels. Together they generate a system output of 170 kW/231 hp along with a maximum system torque of 382 Nm. Fitted with a 6-speed Steptronic transmission, the BMW X1 xDrive25Le accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds.