Currently the best-selling BMW model is the X1. Its most popular SUV will soon receive a new generation, the third, and great things are expected from it. Its development has been underway for months, and together with the renewed thermal versions, the arrival of the BMW iX1, a 100% electric version that has just completed its tests in the most extreme conditions possible.
Like every model that BMW launches on the market, the iX1 must undergo a battalion of tests and tests. Tests in real conditions that push the capabilities of the car to the limit to verify that there are no faults. Everyone expects the BMW iX1 to become one of the best-selling electric cars from the German house, and that is why they take their set-up so seriously. There can be no errors, and for that, even the smallest detail is pushed to the limit.
Winter tests are as tough as typical. At latitudes close to the North Pole, more specifically at the BMW facilities in Arjeplog, Sweden, the BMW iX1 and its thermal brothers have had to prove their skills. Chassis, batteries, powertrain, electrical system… Everything has been subjected to a delicate adjustment process. Icy roads and extreme cold put a technology to the test that has to stand the test of time like nothing.
The iX1 will be BMW’s third electric SUV following the launch of the BMW iX and BMW iX3. It will be the first time that the X1 range enjoys a fully electric version, although it will not be the only electrified version. The third generation will have a very varied mechanical range. We will find thermal engines with diesel and gasoline mechanics, and also plug-in hybrid units, in addition to the aforementioned electric unit, of which we recently learned about its approved autonomy.
The BMW iX1 will have an approved autonomy in the WLTP cycle between 413 and 438 kilometers with an average consumption stipulated between 17.3 and 18.4 kWh per 100 kilometers traveled. Doing a quick calculation, estimates point to a 76 kWh capacity batterythat is, a battery size very similar to that offered by the iX3, although somewhat smaller considering that it will have to adapt to the specific measurements of a smaller model.
As for deadlines, the BMW iX1 has set its commercial launch once the inauguration year 2023. Although the thermal units will make an appearance at dealerships at the end of this course, the electric model will take a few more months to appear on the scene. Its production will take place at the Leipzig plant in Germany.where it shared an assembly line as in the MINI Countryman EV with which it will share many elements, including platform, technology, motors and battery.