Pictures of an hybrid BMW X1 just emerged on the internet, they announce the arrival of an hybrid engine on the brand’s compact SUV but certainly with a new technology, an evolution of the current ActiveHybrid... We imagine a 4-wheel drive hybrid tech like in Mini which was also seen testing on snow over a year ago.
Indeed, the 4x4 hybrid technology is interesting because it offers four-wheel drive without crankshaft and heavy transmission as well as frictions and inefficiencies related to: a combustion engine at the front and an electric motor on rear axle working separately or together depending on the conditions and driving style.
Peugeot-Citroën and Audi already took the step (see HYbrid4
and e-tron quattro
) and Honda will launch their SH-AWD
tech in the future NSX - this type of engine 4x4 is committed to a bright future!