The ongoing Chengdu Motor Show 2016 saw yet another interesting model being unveiled yesterday - the new BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance.
Manufactured by BMW Brilliance China, the latest addition to BMW’s family of new energy vehicles (NEVs) is actually the first plug-in hybrid in the compact luxury SUV segment. However, it is said that it will only be available in China.
Developed simultaneously with the new BMW X1 Series launched some time ago, X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance is an all-wheel drive long wheelbase version of the X1 and runs on both electricity and petrol.
With BMW’s latest turbocharger technology, the 1.5-litre petrol engine driving the front axle is mated to a six-speed integrated manual/automatic gearbox and churns out a maximum power output of 100 kW with peak torque clocking in at 220 Nm.
The electric motor at the rear axle, on the other hand, produces power up to 70 kW and can instantaneously deliver a peak torque of 165 Nm at start-up.
Thanks to BMW’s proprietary eBoost function, both power systems can provide a peak torque of 385 Nm allowing acceleration from stationary positions to 100 km/h in just 7.4 seconds with a combined fuel consumption as low as 1.8 litres per 100 km.
Plus, BMW’s xDrive technology ensures supreme traction and safe driving in all weather and road conditions while at the same time enhancing stability during emergency lane changes or cornering. No matter which type of energy is used, xDrive optimises the driving dynamics and provides an optimal ride feel.
The X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance system comes packed with a high-voltage lithium battery with a net capacity of 10.7 kWh to provide a purely electric cruising range of 60 km and a combined cruising range of 630 km when working in tandem with the 35‑litre fuel tank. It delivers low emission and fuel consumption to meet the needs for driving in any situation, whether in the city, the suburbs or for driving long distances.
As with all other X1 models, the X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance comes with BMW’s Driving Experience Control, offering Sport, Comfort and Eco Pro.
It is worth mentioning that BMW’s Driving Experience Control can work together with the eDrive energy management system to provide customers with richer driving pleasure.
With a 220V / 16A charging wall-box, the high-voltage lithium battery of the X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance can be fully charged in 3.7 hours and charged to 80% in just 2.9 hours.
BMW has not only given the drive system a full overhaul, but also the design of the car has been reinvented. The car air-con utilises an electrically driven compressor powered by a high-voltage battery, while the energy consumption of other in-car electrical systems also comes from the energy stored in the battery.
Inside, intuitive and user-friendly human machine interfaces allow more proficient involvement of the driver in energy management.
‘Efficiencytainment’, BMW’s unique energy efficiency display system, has all energy consumption information covered.
Besides that, there are also indicators on the dashboard for the cruising range, charging status, energy consumption and other relevant information which is presented in an easy to understand manner to help the driver develop greener driving habits.
The new BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance is available as Cross Country and Sport packages, offering up to 10 body colour choices, allowing car owners to show a bit of their personality with a rich variety of options.
As with the new X1, the X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance has a wheelbase of 2.78 m, and comes with a panoramic sunroof, sporty seats, and rear seats which can be folded down. The 40:20:40 rear seat backrest allows boot capacity to vary between 445 and 1,550 litres.
The car also comes with Park Assist, zoned automatic air-cond, BMW ConnectedDrive technology, My BMW Remote app, a BMW 360° Electric programme to provide comprehensive services for electric travels, as well as 8-years warranty for the battery.
BMW said it firmly believes that innovation and sustainability will define luxury in the future, and that electric travel will be a sustainable mode of transportation for a very long way ahead.
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