The BMW X1’s powertrain options, which currently include a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 and U.S.-exclusive 3.0-liter turbo I-6, may soon grow if these spy shots of a hybrid or EV variant are any indication.
From the outside, there’s not much to distinguish this prototype from a typical X1. But decals on the front doors reading “Hybrid Test Vehicle” give it away as something not yet on sale. This test mule also lacks a visible rear tailpipe, which could mean it’s all-electric. Though it’s hard to imagine an X1 EV making it to production, our spy photographer insists he never heard an internal combustion engine when these shots were taken.
The upcoming i3 city car is already well into development, as we’ve seen prototypes testing in what looks like near-production bodywork. That rules out the idea that this X1 is a test bed for the i3 drivetrain. So could BMW really be considering an X1 EV, or does this prototype in fact preview an X1 hybrid model? Share your thoughts below.