2nd gen BMW X1's hybrid variant spied for the first time

24/05/2016 - 16:32 | ,   | Anjan Ravi

Will be sold through BMW dealerships reportedly.

Seen here are the first images of the Zinoro 60H, the production-version of the Zinoro Next concept which was revealed at the Auto Shanghai last year. According to Chinese reports, the Zinoro 60H will replace the Zinoro 1E, which was the first product from the BMW-Brilliance joint venture.

Zinoro 60H spied
A 51 hp electric motor will assist the 1.5-liter gasoline engine.

The Zinoro 60H is based on the second generation BMW X1, which was introduced for the Chinese market in a long-wheelbase version at the Auto China this year. This means that the Zinoro 60H is based on the new front-wheel drive UKL platform too, however, its a hybrid vehicle. Note that BMW are yet to introduce a hybrid variant of the new X1. While spyshots have shown a plug-in hybrid variant on test, a market launch isn't anticipated until the second half of this year.

Chinese media reports state that the Zinoro 60H is powered by a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine assisted by a 51 hp electric motor. The gasoline engine will develop around 136 hp, similar to the 2016 BMW X1. The transmission is likely to be a 6- or an 8-speed automatic. The Zinoro 60H is expected to be a front-wheel drive offering only; an AWD variant is unlikely to launch.

Zinoro 60H rear spied
The Zinoro 60H is based on the UKL front-wheel drive platform.

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The previous Zinoro 1E was available only through a lease format, however, the new Zinoro 60H will be available for buyers to purchase fully. Reports state that it will be sold through BMW dealerships.

[Source - AutoHome]

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