Along with the all-new third-generation X1 SUV, BMW also unveiled its first-ever all-electric version, the iX1. Like the iX3 is to the regular X3, the new BMW iX1 is based on the all-new X1 in terms of styling and features, and gets some more along with EV-specific design details and a completely different electric powertrain.
The new BMW iX1 gets a sharp-looking face which looks muscular as well, with inverted L-shaped daytime running LEDs within revised wraparound all-LED headlamps. The double kidney grille looks big here with new flap-like vertical slats within them. BMW has garnished this front fascia with blue highlights within the front grille and L-shaped inserts on the corners of the front bumper.
On the side, the new BMW iX1 has chunky-looking wheel arches and flush-type door handles, with horizontal blue highlights on the door cladding at the bottom. At the back, the new BMW iX1 gets side covers for the slightly upright windshield, sleeker L-shaped tail lamps with LED inserts and L-shaped blue inserts on the corners of the rear bumper.
On the inside, the BMW iX1 gets the same extensively revised cabin layout as the new X1, with blue accents on the dashboard and ambient lighting. The driver’s cockpit is all-new with a theatre-style layout comprising of a 10.25-inch full-TFT instrument console and a 10.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which operate on an eighth-generation iDrive operating system from BMW. It also gets a floating console ahead of the front centre armrest, which houses the drive mode selector, electronic parking brake and various other functions. The other known features include a choice of leather upholsteries, a premium Harman Kardon music system, sleek horizontal AC vents and an all-new multi-functional steering wheel with silver inserts.
Based on the all-new FAAR architecture, which also underpins the regular versions of the new third-generation X1, the new BMW iX1 gets an all-electric powertrain, unlike the new three and four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and four-cylinder diesel engine options.
Powering the new BMW iX1 are two electric motors – one each on both front and rear axles, thus giving it an all-wheel-drive system as standard. The combined power output of these electric motors is rated at 313 bhp, while the peak torque output is 493 Nm. The new iX1 can cover the 0-100 kmph time in 5.7 seconds.
Also on offer in the new BMW iX1 is a 64.7 kWh lithium-ion battery, which returns a claimed WLTP-certified range of up to 437 km. Using a 130 kW DC fast charger, this battery can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in around 29 minutes.
The new BMW iX1 is slated to arrive in the Indian market sometime in 2023. At the time of its launch, it will go against the Volvo XC40 Recharge, the only all-electric compact SUV on sale in India today. It will also go against other all-electric cars like Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6.