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BMW has just brought in two new plug-in models – the X1 xDrive 25e and X2 xDrive 25e.

The cars have claimed electrically powered ranges of up to 57km. Prices for the X1 25e start from €50,055 on the road (OTR).

Average fuel consumption is claimed to be as low as 1.9 litres/100km, with emissions of 48-43g/km, for the X1 xDrive25e.

The corresponding figures for the X2 xDrive 25e are 1.9 litres/100km and between 47-43g/km.

The all-wheel drive system is being described by BMW as ‘hybrid specific’.

Power for both models comes from a 1.5-litre 3cyl petrol engine with a specially developed electric motor.

The 125hp engine drives the front wheels via a 6spd Steptronic transmission.

The electric motor generates 95hp and delivers power to the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission – hence the use of the phrase ‘hybrid specific all-wheel drive’.

The total system output (of the engine and electric motor) is calculated at 220hp.

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