BMW Australia has bucked its own trend by confirming it won’t sell plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of its popular X1 and X2 small SUVs in the short-to-medium term.
A BMW Australia spokesperson told CarsGuide the company has “no plans” for xDrive25e variants of the X1 and X2, the latter of which was revealed this week.
When asked if there’s a possibility the X1 and X2 xDrive25e will launch later in their models’ current generations, the BMW Australia spokesperson indicated they won’t “at this point”, although the company “will keep evaluating” their prospects.
This decision is at odds with BMW Australia’s recent PHEV form, which has seen low-emissions versions of the 3 Series mid-size sedan, 5 Series large sedan, 7 Series upper-large sedan and X5 large SUV join its line-up, while the X3 xDrive30e mid-size SUV is inbound.
The X1 and X2 xDrive25e were therefore seemingly certain starters for BMW Australia, but buyers will now officially miss out. For reference, when the former was revealed in May last year, the company stopped short of confirming its availability.
Given the X1 and X2 are mechanically related, it’s no surprise the latter shares its 162kW/385Nm PHEV set-up with the former.
Specifically, a 93kW/220Nm 1.5-litre turbo-petrol three-cylinder engine driving the front wheels via a six-speed torque-converter automatic transmission is mated to a 71kW/165Nm electric motor spinning the rear axle via a single-speed unit to create all-wheel drive.
The X1 and X2 xDrive25e’s 9.7kWh lithium-ion battery provides up to 57km of zero-emissions driving range and can be fully recharged in less than 3.2 hours.
Claimed fuel consumption on the WLTP combined-cycle test is 1.9-2.1 litres per 100 kilometres, while carbon dioxide emissions are as few as 43 grams per kilometre.