BMW iX1 Price & Features
The BMW iX1 is the entry-level electric vehicle (EV) for the BMW X1 small SUV range. It is the first compact BMW-badged model to receive an all-electric powertrain. The distinctive design and electric powertrain make it stand apart from the regular X1 petrol range. This article will provide a detailed overview of the BMW iX1’s design, price, motor, battery, range, top speed, and features.
Design and Looks
The BMW iX1 distinguishes itself from the regular X1 petrol range with its distinctive take on the kidney grille, which is now obsolete in electric cars. The blue highlights on the bumpers and side skirts provide a unique look to the car. The dimensions of the BMW iX1 are 53mm longer, 24mm wider, and 44mm taller than its predecessor, with a wheelbase of 2692mm, which is 22mm longer than before. The compact BMW-badged model has a low center of gravity and balanced weight distribution, which provides high levels of handling agility.
The BMW iX1 xDrive30 will be priced from $84,900 before on-road costs when it arrives in Australia in the first quarter of 2023. The entry-level EV comes in two trim levels: xLine and M Sport. The iX1 will be in direct competition with other entry-level EVs such as the Tesla Model Y, Mercedes-Benz EQA, and Volvo XC40 Recharge.
Motor, Battery, Range & Top Speed
The BMW iX1 xDrive30 has dual-motor electric all-wheel drive with a combined maximum power and torque output of 230kW and 494Nm, respectively. The fifth-generation BMW eDrive system places charging hardware and the 65kWh capacity battery flat in the floorpan. The cobalt and lithium materials used in the high-voltage battery of the new BMW iX1 are “sourced from responsible mining,” and the powertrain lacks any type of rare earths. BMW claims a driving range of up to 440km on the WLTP cycle, based on energy consumption of 16.8-19.0kWh per 100km, depending on the driving style.
The iX1 can go from 10% to 80% battery capacity in just 29 minutes with a DC charge ceiling of 130kW. The zero to 100km/h time is a claimed 5.6 seconds, and the BMW iX1 has a distinctive electric soundtrack function called BMW IconicSounds Electric, created by the legendary Hans Zimmer.
The BMW iX1 has several features that make it stand out from its competitors. The My BMW App lets you schedule and start charging, monitor the state of charge, activate climate control remotely, and more. BMW provides a three-year free subscription to the growing Chargefox public charger network. The xLine and M Sport trims come with 19-inch wheels, with design elements such as the different finishes for the kidney grille, side mirror covers, and roof rails. The M Sport model has larger cooling air inlets at the front and a more striking diffuser at the rear.
Safety features include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane-Keep Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop/Go, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Surround-View Camera, Parking Assistant Plus, Reversing Assistant, and Drive Recorder.
|Design and looks
|Distinctive take on kidney grille, bright blue highlights
|From $84,900 before on-road costs
|Dual-motor electric all-wheel drive
|65kWh capacity battery, cobalt and lithium materials
|Up to 440km on WLTP cycle, 16.8-19.0kWh per 100km
|BMW IconicSounds Electric, 22kW AC onboard charging
|4500mm length, 1845mm width, 1642mm height, 2692mm wheelbase
|Autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, surround-view camera, parking assistant plus, reversing assistant, drive recorder
|xLine and M Sport trim levels, 19-inch wheels, aluminium-finish roof rails and window sills, pearl chrome finish for the kidney grille, and glacier silver finish for the side mirror covers.
In conclusion, the BMW ix1 is a promising addition to the electric vehicle market. Its sleek and stylish design coupled with impressive performance and efficiency make it an attractive option for eco-conscious drivers. The advanced technology features and spacious interior also add to its appeal. However, the limited driving range and higher price point may be a drawback for some consumers. Overall, the BMW ix1 is a strong contender in the EV market and a positive step towards sustainable transportation.