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Published on September 7th, 2016 | by James Ayre


BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance Unveiled At Chengdu Motor Show

September 7th, 2016 by  

The new Chinese-market-only BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance was unveiled recently at the 2016 Chengdu Motor Show, giving us one of our first looks at the company’s plans for the plug-in compact luxury SUV market.


The BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance — which will only be available for purchase in the Chinese market — was apparently developed simultaneously with the BMW X1, while also making use of the firm’s eDrive technology developed as part of the i-Series lineup.

The model is being manufactured by BMW Brilliance according to a press release from BMW Group, and is compliant with all relevant requirements for the Chinese market.

The model features a 10.7 kilowatt-hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery pack, reportedly allowing for an all-electric single-charge range of 60 kilometers. Presumably, this figure relates to the relatively lax Chinese testing cycle.

The BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance can reportedly be fully recharged using a 220V / 16A charging wall-box in 3.7 hours.

The press release states that, “the 1.5-litre petrol engine at 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.”

Continuing: “The high-voltage lithium battery pack of the new X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance, being placed in the middle of the chassis, sits at an optimally safe position of the car, proven to provide safety protection based on crash tests from the front, side and rear… The car also comes with Park Assist, a system which is undoubtedly very helpful in modern cities. This system automatically detects suitable parking spaces and helps you park with ease. All the driver needs to do is to change gear and control the brake pedal as prompted while parking (curbside). Also, the zoned automatic air-con has a highly efficient micro-filter capable of removing fine particulates (PM2.5) with a filtration efficiency of 99%.”

That last bit really has a “me too” quality to it, doesn’t it? That just sounds like a less effective, stripped-down version of what the Tesla Model X is bringing to the Chinese market to me.

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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