BMW Makes Its Debut In The Compact EV Segment With The New iX1


BMW also announced the iX1 – the first all-wheel-drive electric car in the premium compact market – at the same time as the third generation X1. For the time being, it appears that the iX1 will only be available in Europe, with the X1 xDrive28i – a variant starting at $38,600 – being the only model available in the United States.

The dimensions of the new BMW iX1 are identical to those of the X1. It has a length of 177.2 inches, a width of 72.6 inches, and a height of 64.6 inches. There will be a few features that set the iX1 apart from its combustion-powered counterparts. The iX1 has blue accents around the kidney grille and on the side skirts, as well as blue trimmings on the rear bumper, despite the lack of an exhaust system. The rest appears to be the same as the ordinary X1. The massive, almost square BMW kidney grille, LED headlights with cornering lights, and complete LED taillights in a L shape are all standard.


The cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system will be available on all models, including the iX1. The iX1 calculates a charging-optimized route as soon as the driver enters the destination, assuming the vehicle’s current range is insufficient to reach the destination.

The most significant distinction is, of course, found beneath the hood. A pair of electric motors are mounted on the front and rear axles of the iX1. They produce 313 horsepower and 364 pound-feet of torque when combined. It accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds and tops out at 112 mph. The front and rear electric motors combine to form an electric all-wheel-drive system that offers superior traction and directional stability in all conditions. The iX1 is available with adaptive M suspension, just like the other X1 M versions.

A 64.7kWh high-voltage battery positioned flat under the vehicle’s underbody will power the electric motors. The battery supports up to 130 kW DC fast charging, which means you can charge the battery from 10% to 80% in 29 minutes or improve the range by 75 miles in just 10 minutes. The iX1 also comes with a Combined Charging Unit, which allows for 11 to 22 kW single- and three-phase AC charging. The iX1 has a combined power usage of 18.4–17.3kWh per 100km, which translates to a range of 413–438 kilometres (257–272 miles).

Customers of iX1 will have access to the IONITY charging network throughout Europe, and the monthly price will be waived for the first year. A BMW Charging Card, a charging cable (mode 3), and the Flexible Fast Charger will be included with every unit.


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