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It’s a car that BMW has long needed, an affordable, practical electric vehicle that most BMW customers can afford. Up to this point, the only all-electric vehicles made by BMW were either expensive or impractical. Now, however, the BMW iX1 offers something that not only many families can afford but many families can use. The iX1 is based on the third-generation BMW X1, which just debuted. While that means the iX1 is still based on a traditional chassis and not a bespoke EV architecture, BMW’s new FAAR front-wheel-drive platform was developed with electrification in mind. Plus, its front-wheel-drive layout offers more space for the battery pack on the floor than the rear-drive layout, while also providing more passenger space. So while the iX1 may not be as optimized for an electric powertrain as the top-shelf iX, it is better suited for EV duty than the i4.

BMW iX1 Battery, Electric Motor and Range

Initially, there will be only one model – the BMW iX1 xDrive30. Being an xDrive model, it has two electric motors, one on each axle, which combine to make 308 horsepower (230 kW) and 364 lb-ft (494 N m) of torque. BMW claims a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h). Providing power to do this is a 64.7 kWh (usable) battery pack which, according to the WLTP cycle, should provide a range of 413–438 km (257 – 272 mi).

BMW iX1 design

Visually, there isn’t much that’s different about the BMW iX1 versus the standard X1. Except for a few blue highlights, it looks the same from the outside. However, this is likely to be one of its strongest features. It’s boxier and quicker than the outgoing car, while also being a bit more upright and SUV-like. BMW thankfully gave both the X1 and IX1 an appropriately sized kidney grille – which is boxier than usual – sharper headlights, a more upright front end, and sharper hood creases. The BMW iX1 gets blue coloured bits that usually go to the front air intake, side skirts and rear bumper. Its large wheels fill its wheel arches, making it look sporty, its flush door handles are well placed, and its Hofmeister kinks are one of the best on a BMW crossover or SUV. Overall, the BMW iX1 is probably one of BMW’s best-looking SUV-type vehicles, and potentially the best looking, too, in the lineup.

BMW iX1 interior

Inside, the BMW iX1 is identical to its standard X1 sibling, though, again, that’s not a bad thing. The design is open and spacious, with an emphasis on practicality and ergonomics, but it doesn’t get monotonous. It has a smart-looking, premium interior with some nice touches. For example, the metal bottom spokes on the steering wheel are nicely sculpted, the way the wood trim wraps around the dashboard to complete the door trim is lovely, and the checkered board pattern on the speaker grille looks nice. Is. I also really dig the cantilever armrest, la BMW IX. The iX1 is far better than the iX except for the cupholders.

BMW iX1 Features

Like its ICE counterpart, the iX1 also gets a curved integrated digital driver display and infotainment system with floating armrests with controls for the gear selector. The list also includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, ambient lighting, and optional 205W 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and electrically adjustable front seats with memory and massage functions.

BMW iX1 Rivals

The EV will be a direct rival to the Volvo XC40 Recharge.

Launch and price

The new BMW iX1 is expected to be launched in India by the middle of 2023. Prices of the BMW iX1 are expected to start at Rs 60 lakh (ex-showroom).

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