Back in 2009, BMW introduced the X1 as its entry-level mini SUV which has continued to evolve with phenomenal success. In making the 2017 BMW X1 Hybrid, BMW had the lucrative Chinese market in mind when developing both the standard and the LWB X1 longer wheelbase versions. Indeed, reports indicate that it will initially only be available in China.
Other highlights of this new successor of the 2016 BMW X1 include a 1. 5-liter turbocharged engine working in tandem with an electrified motor that will provide excellent fuel economy. The car also features a sportier exterior and a comfortable, more refined interior.
2017 BMW X1 Hybrid – Exterior and Interior Changes
The 2017 BMW X1 Hybrid LWB version now boasts 3.1 inches more in wheelbase than the standard version. Giving it a more luxurious look while affording more sitting space for its occupants. The front grille is more aggressive compared to the 2016 version. But the kidney grille and quad headlights are virtually unchanged. The left front fender has the new charging port, similar in looks to the fuel fill door, for electric power. The accent line between the wheel wells is smoother and classy, while the body line gives the car a powerful look.
Otherwise, save for the above improvements, the car hasn’t changed much in appearance compared to its predecessors.
Potential owners will be relieved to know that the electric drivetrain sits below the car’s frame, and has therefore not compromised the cabin’s interior space. Also, as earlier mentioned, the 2017 BMW X1 Hybrid long wheelbase version now has a slightly roomier interior, thanks to the extra 3.1-inch wheelbase.
Occupants will have more comfort with the adjustable rear seats, elevated front and rear seats, and a massive panoramic roof. Park Assist technology for easier parking is also standard. Air conditioning can also be remotely controlled via ConnectedDrive, which is also standard.
2017 BMW X1 Hybrid – Engine Options
The 2017 BMW X1 Hybrid boasts a turbocharged engine with a capacity of 1.5-liters. An integrated 6-speed Steptronic automatic/manual gearbox. Total output is 227 hp, 134 hp from the internal combustion engine while the electric motor provides the remaining 93 hp. At speeds less than 50 mph, the electric power will be enough, and this shift will be done automatically by the onboard computer while the car is in hybrid mode. The electric battery can be fully charged in 3.7 hours on a 220-volt charger. On pure electric mode, the vehicle’s range is 37 miles at 75 mph maximum speed. And together with a 35-liter fuel tank, the range will be 391 miles.
The internal combustion engine is capable of accelerating the car to 62 mph in 7.2 seconds while attaining a top speed of 125 mph. Fuel consumption is 1.8 kilometers per liter.
The car produces a combined torque of 284 pound-feet via the electric motor that will instantly provide 122 pound-feet of torque in addition to the internal combustion engine’s impressive 162 pound-feet.
2017 BMW X1 Hybrid – Release Date and Price
The 2017 BMW X1 Hybrid is expected in the month of December 2016. The standard version will most likely start out at around 242,000 Yuan or $43,400 and only in China. Expect to pay an extra $2,000-3,000 for the long wheelbase version. A more realistic price will be in the region of $ 50,000 in the showrooms.