The people over at the Land of Smiles have just received the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant of the BMW X1 SUV – the BMW X1 xDrive30e M Sport. Featuring an exterior design that is largely similar to the iX1, which is the sole variant of the BMW X1 range we currently have here in Malaysia, the X1 PHEV is priced at THB2,799,000 (approximately RM370,359). The BMW iX1 xDrive30 in Malaysia, on the other hand, is priced at RM 285,800.
As for Malaysia though, we can expect the BMW X1 PHEV to feature a lower price tag than the iX1. This is because looking at cars with both full EV and PHEV variants in Malaysia, such as the Volvo XC40, the PHEV variant (XC40 Recharge T5 Ultimate) is slightly cheaper than the fully electric variant (XC40 Recharge Pure Electric P8 Ultimate).
Exterior bits available on the Thailand spec BMW X1 xDrive30e M Sport include 19-inch dual-tone alloy wheels and full LED headlights. Automatic high beam assistant, panoramic sunroof, as well as the M Sport package, are included as well.
The biggest difference between the fully electric iX1 and the PHEV X1 is of course the powertrain. The BMW X1 XDrive30e M Sport features a PHEV system made out of a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder twin-turbo petrol engine and an electric motor, together with a 16.3 kWh battery that is capable of carrying you as far as 83 km (NEDC).
This setup paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), pushes out a total of 326 hp (metric) and 477 Nm of torque, enabling the car to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds. The top speed for the BMW X1 xDrive30e is 205 km/h.
The Malaysian-spec BMW iX1 xDrive30 on the other hand is powered by a dual-motor setup. With power sent to all four wheels, the iX1 xDrive30 pushes out a total of 313 hp and 494 Nm of torque.
Coming from the same BMW X1 range, the X1 xDrive30e M Sport should generally look the same as the iX1 xDrive30 on the inside. Features available on the Thailand spec BMW X1 xDrive30e M Sport include heated front seats, a BMW ConnectedDrive system, a Harmon Kardon audio system, a head-up display (HUD), and more.
However, we are still waiting for the petrol version of the BMW X1 to come to Malaysia, and the X1 xDrive30e should be part of the range. Should BMW Malaysia bring the PHEV version of the BMW X1 into Malaysia? Comment your thoughts down below!