BMW is also increasingly focusing on electric cars and has now announced the BMW iX1, a new e-SUV. Alternatively, the new car is also available with a classic combustion engine, as a diesel, and as a mild hybrid under the name X1. Thus, it enters the third model generation.
BMW iX1 gets beefier
The third model generation of the X1 will be significantly more aggressive and beefy in terms of design. This is particularly evident in the front end of the SUV, which relies on an almost square double kidney in the classic BMW look.
In the case of the BMW iX1, selectable blue accents are also added, as well as slim adaptive LED headlights that extend far into the flanks. At the rear, the new three-dimensional L-shaped taillights in particular catch the eye.
The SUV is around 4.5 meters long in all variants, 53 millimeters longer than its predecessor. The width of the X1 has also increased and now stands at 1.85 meters. Its height is 1.64 meters, 44 mm higher than the previous generation. Thanks to the 22 mm increase in wheelbase, the interior space should also be larger. In the trunk, there is room for 540 liters of luggage which, with the rear seats folded down, even increases to 1,600 liters.
The technology of the iX1
Technically, the electric SUV relies on the 5th generation of eDrive technology and comes with a 64.7 kWh battery, which according to the manufacturer should allow a range of up to 438 km (according to WLTP).
It can be recharged in just 10 minutes for up to 120 km range at a high-power charging station. At public fast-charging stations, it can recharge up to 80% of the range in 29 minutes. At the same time, the electric motor in the BMW iX1 produces up to 312 hp or 230 kW and offers a maximum torque of 494 Nm.
These are composed on a main E-motor with 272 hp and a boost mode for another 40 hp. This allows the e-SUV to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. In the interior, the Bavarian is said to be equipped with modern technology.
These include a large curved display composed of two screens: 10.25 inches provide driver information in the digital cockpit, and 10.7 inches are responsible for infotainment. BMW’s latest OS 8 infotainment generation is of course already in use. Operation is apparently almost exclusively via touch or voice command.
Prices and availability
The BMW iX1 xDrive30, the full name of the E-SUV, starts at a recommended retail price of 55,000 euros in Germany. It can already be configured and reserved on the official homepage, but it is unclear when the actual market launch will take place.