This BMW X1 snapped in Europe by our spy photographer CarPix may look like any other X1 at first, but take a closer look and you’ll see a small white sticker on the door that says “Hybrid Test Vehicle”.

That points to the possibility that BMW is testing a “BMW X1 ActiveHybrid” model. But hybrid or not, something is odd about the rear end of this particular X1 – there are no exhaust tailpipes! And we all know that BMW’s ActiveHybrid system still requires exhaust tailpipes because of the 3.0 litre TwinPower Turbo combustion engine component of the system.

So the question is, are we actually looking at an EV version of the BMW X1, and is this a testbed vehicle for a future SUV-styled BMW i zero emissions electric model?