The new BMW X1 xDrive models are tested in Sölden in winter conditions

The BMW X1 maintains its tradition of a car that prefers winter conditions, which began in 2013 with the Power Ride edition. The new BMW X1 and BMW iX1 models were tested in cold conditions on the Sölden Glacier in Austria and confirmed the benefits of fully variable power transfer to all four wheels. The compact Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) model, which has three variants of intelligent all-wheel drive, was also brought into the tests. Whether it was mild-hybrid petrol and diesel thermal engines, a plug-in hybrid drive system or electric drive in the new BMW iX1, BMW xDrive has proven that its performance on snowy roads cannot be disputed. Six powertrain variants of the new SAV with BMW xDrive are available for sale.

In the case of the new BMW X1 xDrive23i, the power unit produces a total output of 160 kW/218 hp, and the BMW X1 xDrive23d can produce an output of 155 kW/211 hp. The torque produced between the thermal engine and the electric motor is divided between the front and rear wheels by a bevel gear and an electrohydraulic controlled clutch, complemented by DSC technology (dynamic stability control), which causes the car to adapt to road conditions in just a few fractions of a second, dispersing power where it’s needed.

How many horsepower can the plug-in hybrid engines of the BMW X1 xDrive generate

The X1 xDrive30e model is BMW’s most powerful plug-in hybrid option. The combination of a three-cylinder petrol engine, which acts on the front wheels, and another motor, this time electric, which transmits the power through the rear wheels develops an output of 240 kW/326 hp. The BMW iX1 xDrive30 variant has two electric motors, each dedicated to the front and rear axles. The two electric motors generate a maximum power of 230 kW/313 hp.

In the case of the electrified propulsion variants of the SAV, similar to the PHEV ones, each axle is driven individually by a motor. Traction is supported by a wheel spin control system (ARB-X), and the system is independently controlled by DSC (classic stability control system), so the response to road conditions is 10 times faster than a classic system. This technology allows the power required by the driver to be optimally distributed between the car’s axles, to optimize not only the traction and directional stability of the new BMW iX, but also agility and performance.

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