the compact SUV finally goes 100% electric!

BMW enriches its electric range with the arrival of a new model, the iX1 xDrive30, which is nothing more than the iX1, a trendy version of the X1 also renewed for the occasion.

BMW, like the vast majority of other manufacturers, is expected to expand its electric range. Firstly, because this segment is on the rise, with a market share that went from 6.9% to 11.9% between the beginning of 2021 and 2022, but not only. Indeed, brands must now deal with other constraints: the tightening of standards as well as theplanned ban on the sale of thermal carsscheduled for 2035. So it is not surprising that the Bavarian company is actively working on the development of its electric models, especially since it has just announced that all its models sold in 2030 will be 100% electric on the occasion of the launch of the iX1

A unique compact SUV

In order to expand its modern lineup, already well-populated with the iX3, iX and i4, among others, BMW today presents its new iX1. You will have understood, it is the electric version of the SUV X1, which offers a 3rd generation. A new version that is aesthetically distinguished by some small blue inserts, as well as some more aerodynamic elements, allowing you to limit the Cx to just 0.26. To be compared with the Model Y’s 0.23 Cx, a little better in the exercise.

Longer by 5 centimeters over the previous X1, this new BMW iX1, which we could see passing by in its camouflage livery late last year, also changes its interior, taken almost entirely from the Series 2 Active Tourer. The electric SUV then occupies the floating center console between the seats, as well as the dual screen, combining a digital headphone and a 10.25-inch and 10.7-inch curved touchscreen, respectively. The latter incorporates the latest version of the BMW operating system, called OS 8.

Range up to 438 kilometers

It is therefore the first time that the BMW X1 is available in an electric version. This is available with a single engine, displaying a total power of 313 horsepower (230 kW) and 494 Nm, from its two motors (eDrive 5.0 M170SF), i.e. one on each axle, thus providing all-wheel drive. This power allows you to reduce from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and the vehicle is limited to 180 km/h. The SUV has a 64.7 kWh battery, allowing it to travel up to 438 kilometers according to the WLTP cycle.

It will then be necessary to count 29 minutes to charge this iX1 from 10 to 80% at a maximum power of 130 kW at the DC (direct current) terminals. The on-board charger limits charging to 11 kW at the AC (alternating current) terminals, but a 22 kW version will be offered as an option, which is rare enough to be underlined. Still in terms of charging, BMW indicates that it has made an effort in the charging curve – like the BMW i7 – to gradually reduce the power delivered at the end of charging to increase its speed.

For the trunk, BMW has made available 490 liters of capacity, which can be increased to 1,495 liters by folding the independent rear seats (40/20/40). The iX1 will have a towing capacity of 1.2 tonnes.

Cyclists and pedestrians are not forgotten

There are many optional driving aids available to enable semi-autonomous driving (level 2 up to 180 km/h), including the ability to detect pedestrians and cyclists when the car is turning right at an intersection. Very good news for urban users as this situation can be dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists due to the car’s blind spot. In terms of technologies, we will also notice the presence of a 5G-compatible eSIM and a camera that allows you to view, on your smartphone and remotely, what is happening in the cabin. Finally, it is possible to lock and unlock the vehicle’s doors from an iPhone, like what Tesla has offered for many years.

A “green” SUV made in Germany

This new BMW iX1 xDrive30 and its hybrid and thermal cousins ​​will all be produced at the German factory in Regensburg and on a single production line for the different versions, a first for the German manufacturer. The battery will also be produced on site.

BMW claims to use ‘green’ energy (particularly solar) for part of vehicle production and recycled materials, up to 30%. Recycled aluminum accounts for 70% of the amount used in the car’s design. The brand still uses Econyl yarn (from recycled fishing nets) to make the floor. However, there is still a lot to be done as the press release points out, since most of the various stages of production are not yet powered by green energy.

price and availability

Orders for the new electric SUV will open from November, while First deliveries are planned for early 2023. If it takes at least €42,750 for the X1 thermal, prices for the electric version have not yet been communicated by the German company.


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