Two new reports coming from Motoring.com.au suggest that BMW may offer plug-in hybrid and M variants of the BMW X1 crossover in the future.
BMW X1 Plug-in Hybrid
The new generation X1 is designed to be hybrid-ready. An unnamed company official close to the X1’s powertrain development team told the publication that a plug-in hybrid X1 is possible. As its design is similar to the 2 Series Active Tourer which has a plug-in hybrid variant in the pipeline, an X1 plug-in hybrid theoretically is possible, the source suggested.
BMW X1 M
Speaking to the publication, an undisclosed company official close to the X1’s powertrain development team said that there’s certainly a place for a high performance M variant in the range. The company is well aware of its competitors’ offerings (Audi RS Q3 & Mercedes GLA 45 AMG) and knows that its buyers would love an M model, he said.
2016 BMW X1
With the MY2016 model, the BMW X1 will be offered with front-wheel drive for the first time. All-wheel drive will also be available. Engine line-up will include 2 petrol and 3 four-cylinder diesel engines, with output ranging from 150 hp to 231 hp. Transmission choices will include 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic. Except the entry-level sDrive 20i (petrol) and sDrive 18d (diesel) models, all models will sport xDrive all-wheel drive setup.