BMW X1, the new generation is also electric

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The debut of the third generation of the BMX X1 corresponds with the announcement of a 100% electric version: so that, in addition to the battery-powered one, the German brand offers diesel and petrol engines (the latter also electrified), as well as a high-performance hybrid edition. plug-in, i.e. rechargeable from an external power socket. Basically, there is an X1 for all tastes; a recipe that seems perfect to confirm the commercial success of the model which, in 13 years of honorable career, has been sold in 1.9 million units.


The style of the new X1 incorporates and evolves the stylistic concepts of the previous model, while applied to a completely new construction platform. 4.5 meters long – 5 cm longer than the outgoing generation – it also boasts more important wheelbases, to the benefit of internal spaciousness. While the trunk has a volume that varies between 540 and 1,600 liters (between 490 and 1,495 liters for the plug-in hybrid variants).


Inside, minimalism triumphs: the architecture closely resembles that of the Series 2 Active Tourer, with a unique curved screen that integrates the 10.25-inch instrumentation and the 10.7-inch infontainment, which can also be managed via voice commands and gestural. The standard equipment includes navigation system, automatic emergency braking, Park Assistant with reversing camera and cruise control with brake function. As an option, there are matrix LED optics, color head-up display (projects the main driving information on the windscreen), front seats with massage function and panoramic roof.

The range of available engines is rich: the plug-in hybrids have two power levels, 245 and 326 HP, and can travel in 100% electric mode for about 89 km, powered by the 14.2 kWh battery (with the on-board charger from 7.4 kW, full of electrons is done in 2.5 hours). The petrol-powered X1s have 136 or 218 HP (in the latter case in combination with the 48 Volt hybrid). The diesels, on the other hand, offer 150 or 211 hp of power, and for the more powerful version there is the mild-hybrid at 48 Volt. For all of them, the automatic transmission with double clutch and seven gears is standard.


We come to the 100% electric version: it has double engine and four-wheel drive, delivers 313 HP and has a Wltp-approved range that varies from 413 to 438 km. The 64.7 kWh battery supports DC charging up to 130 kW and allows you to go from 10 to 80% charge in 29 minutes. Prices from € 38,570.


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