BMW iX1: Munich’s new compact electric crossover

BMW has revealed a new electric car twinned on the equally new X1 crossover. Following the same routine as the i4 and the iX3, the iX1 takes the majority of the X1 and makes it more electric: cue flashes of blue and a blanked-out kidney grille for starters.

When it arrives later this year, the iX1 will enter an increasingly crowded market. Premium rivals include the Volvo XC40 P8 RechargeMercedes EQA and Lexus UX300e – but BMW will also have to contend with an army of affordable competitors, which includes the Hyundai Kona ElectricVauxhall Mokka-e and the dirt-cheap MG ZS EV.

The X1 will ship initially with two petrol and two diesel trims, and both will be mated to a seven-cog transmission with a double-clutch. Drive will go primarily the front axle, but power can also be sent to the rear (thanks to xDrive if needed. All four cars will also be joined by the iX1 (which we’ll get to shortly) as well as two hybrids and two mild plugins.

The car has roof rails and blue accents

The 2023 BMW iX1 has a sculpted hood, LED headlights, and blue accents surrounding the kidney grille, bumpers, and below the doors.On the sides, it is flanked by roof rails, black B-pillars, dual-tone ORVMs, and designer multi-spoke wheels.A shark-fin antenna, a window wiper, and wrap-around L-shaped taillamps are available on the rear end of the car.

Give us some specs

BMW iX1 xDrive30 is the first all-wheel-drive BEV of its kind for Munich and sits on two motors at the front and rear axles. Power is a combined 313bhp (on boost) with torque at 364 lb ft. That’s enough for a 257-272-miles range WTLP and a 0-62mph sprint in just 5.7 seconds.

What about charging?

There are no charging figures yet, but the iX1 shares the same charging technology as the new BMW i7 and features a flat underbody for better aero – so it should be competitive. We’ll update this article when we know more.

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