The X1 is BMW’s best-selling model today. The compact SUV has been able to conquer the markets thanks to its great value for money. However, the current generation was coming to an end, and as appropriate, the new edition had to present a 100% electric variant. After several years of development, the BMW iX1 is officially presented. An electric compact SUV that is called to be one of the best-selling electric cars in the house.
Although we are talking about a new generation, the third, at BMW they have chosen not to risk too much with the design. In general, the feeling is that of being in front of a previous edition thermal X1, but with an updated design and something more muscular. The Germans have been faithful to the philosophy that if something works, don’t touch it, or don’t touch it too much. With that sentiment, the iX1 is introduced with custom details like blue accents and a fully cowled grille.
From doors inside, the electric SUV has the scheme that is already becoming common in the house. A curved dual-panel system takes center stage in the multimedia system with the new BMW 8 operating system. With a measurement of 4.5 meters long and 2.72 meters of wheelbase, the interior space offered is very generous for up to five passengers.. With a large part of the battery pack installed under the rear seats, and with part of the electrical diagram in the bottom of the trunk, the load volume of the BMW iX1 looks 490 liters of minimum capacity, 60 less than the thermal versions.
Mechanically speaking, for the moment only one unit has been presented, the so-called iX1 xDrive30. With two electric motors, one on each axle, it has total traction and a combined power of 313 horsepower and 494 Nm of torque. A 64.7 kWh lithium-ion battery of capacity provides the energy, allowing cycles of autonomy between 413 and 438 kilometers with an average consumption between 17.3 and 18.4 kWh per 100 kilometers travelled. When recharging, high-power systems are chosen, up to 130 kW in direct current and up to 22 kW in alternating current.
Although we have just met the brand new BMW iX1 it will not be until the end of the year when its commercial phase begins. At the moment the price is completely unknown, although figures close to 55,000 euros can be expected as starting point. In the following months, new mechanical versions will be launched, one for access and another more powerful one that will be positioned as the top-of-the-range model. Production will take place at the German facilities in Regensburg, from where it will be exported all over the world, including Spain.