BMW Spain has brought to Madrid, the same day of its official presentation, two units of its new compact SUV, the BMW X1. This is a 48 volt petrol version and one of the electric variant, which is released for the first time in this new generation. The BMW iX1 shares the exterior and interior design from its combustion siblings, although it differs from them due to its blue accents and or the matte front grille. The rest of the car does not differ from the other versions that, without really growing in size, in this third generation gives a feeling of being a bigger car because of the design details that have been introduced.
The BMW iX1 is the electric variant of the X1, the German compact SUV that is renewed in interior and exterior design to gain packaging and presence. the electric version will arrive in november this year, a month after the combustion ones do. This electric version will be marketed under the name xDrive30will have 230 kW of power (313 hp) and 494 Nm of torque.
The BMW iX1 measures 4,500mm long, 1,845mm wide and 1,642mm high. Its battle is 2,692 mm. Inside, the configuration is for 5 occupants (2+3). In the rear row the space is generous and two passengers will travel in comfort. It should be noted that in the electric version the presence of the batteries under the passenger compartment is noticeable since knees are higher than in the case of the petrol versions.
The mechanical configuration of this version, which for now is the only one that will be available, has two motors, one on each axis, which develop the 230 kW mentioned and that they are capable of accelerating this electric SUV from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds. The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 64.7 kWh which translates into an autonomy figure in the WLTP homologation cycle, still estimated, which is between 413 and 438 kilometers. Average consumption is between 17.3 and 18.4 kWh at 100 kilometers. Recharging in direct current can reach a maximum power of 130kw. The on-board charger supports three-phase alternating current charging powers of up to 11 kW (22 kW optional).
Among its rivals, it will offer a fairly similar autonomy. It surpasses the Lexus UX 300, which offers less autonomy, 315 kilometers, ties with the Mercedes EQA that homologates 430 kilometers and is halfway between the two battery variants of the Audi Q4 e-tron that homologates 337 and 515 kilometers with each one of them.
The fifth generation of BMW engines and batteries represent the greatest advance in the electrification of its models since, in 2013, the first electric car of the Bavarian manufacturer, the BMW i3, saw the light. In the case of lithium batteries, BMW indicates that it is a chemical rich in nickelwith ternary cathode MCN 811 (nickel, cobalt and manganese) in proportions 80%, 10% and 10% respectively. Their flat design allows them to be placed in the lower part of the passenger compartment. This position does not compromise the interior space and allows all kinds of formats. In the case of the iX1, most of the battery is located under the passenger compartment, but another part, in addition to the rear electric motor, is located under the seats. This configuration, forced to use the same platform as the combustion versions, reduces trunk volume to 490 liters60 liters less than the thermal versions.
BMW points out that both the energy content of its batteries and the power output of its fifth-generation electric motors can be scaled flexibly. For each model and for each variant, it is possible to optimally adjust the specifications. In addition, BMW has developed a standardized production process for battery modules. In this way, you can pack the cells in different module formats within the same production line. The new powertrain groups the electric motor, transmission and power electronics within a new stand-alone electric propulsion system. The individual components stand out for their lower weight, scalability and a compact construction.
BMW’s fifth-generation electric motors abandon permanent magnet technology. They are now asynchronous, powered by alternating current and externally excited. This option allows you to control engine torque and maximize power and efficiency. With these engines BMW has been able to create a complete system called ‘Heat’ very compact, capable of generating powers of up to 250 kW (335 CV) with a very low weight and volume. Inside it has a compact and easy to manufacture coil.
The model that has debuted the new electric motorizations is the BMW iX3, which has an engine that will develop a power of 213 kW (286 CV) fed by a battery with a useful capacity of 74 kWh. In the new WLTP homologation cycle, it reaches 458 kilometers of autonomy.
The inside of the BMW iX1 is practically identical to that of the X1. As standard, it offers the ‘Curved Display’, made up of two horizontal screens united on the same curved surface. The one located behind the steering wheel, for the instrumentation is 10.25 inches and the one on the dashboard, for the information and entertainment system is 10.7 inches. Permanent internet connection allows OTA updates (over the air), Among other functions.
The driving assistants included in the iX1 are also the same as the rest of the range. Highlights include the active cruise control and the lane keeping system which, by acting at the same time, allow automatic guidance, supervised at all times by the driver. It has emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist recognition and oncoming traffic detection systems for turns, as well as a semi-automatic parking system.
The BMW iX1 maintains the ‘one pedal’ that premiered the BMW i3. It is a system that allows you to drive the car with a single pedal, so that the accelerator is also the brake pedal. The software now offers the possibility of configuring the regeneration to the driver’s liking or leaving this decision to an intelligent system that monitors the environment and regulates it automatically.
Shortly after the arrival of the iX1, also in November, they will be Both plug-in hybrid versions available, 245 hp xDrive25e and 326 hp xDrive30e. In both cases they have a gasoline engine that moves the front wheels with power of 135 and 150 CV respectively and another electric one that is responsible for moving the rear wheels, with 109 and 177 CV respectively. In this case, there is no data on the capacity of the battery that they implement or on the recharging times, although the data on their autonomy is offered: between 78 and 89 kilometers. With these figures it does not seem complicated that short daily trips around the city can be made in electric mode, which represents significant fuel savings for those who are interested in these variants. Various diesel and petrol versions with a 48-volt light hybridization system.
The BMW iX1 is manufactured in Germany, at the Regensburg plant, as are the combustion and plug-in hybrid versions. The official base price for Spain is €54,900, the same as that of the more powerful plug-in hybrid version x1 xDrive30e. BMW thus wants to make it easier for its customers to choose between moving to 100% electric mobility or staying halfway with the best of both worlds. The lower powered x1 xDrive25e plug-in hybrid version will be priced at €51,900.