2023 BMW X1 debuts with the first-ever all-electric iX1


BMW has taken the camouflage off the 3rd-gen X1 crossover, with the lineup including the first-ever all-electric iX1. The regular X1 lineup goes on sale in October 2022 depending on the market and includes petrol and diesel variants with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, and also plug-in hybrid models—which are expected to be available from November 2022.


Let’s talk a li’l bit about the styling then. Although the grille looks rather large and disproportionate compared with the headlights, I guess you could say that the design team has played it safe by not going bonkers with it like they went with some of the models recently. The overall design looks fairly clean, and notice the old-school flap-style door handles this time, which I personally prefer. Also, notice the L-shaped taillight signatures that mimic those of the front, albeit in an inverted way. As for other key features, LED headlights come standard, while buyers can go for Adaptive LED headlights with matrix high beam, pulsating turn signals and variable light distribution. 17-inch light-alloy wheels are standard, while there are up to 20-inch ones in the options list.

For those interested to know the dimensions, the new-gen model measures 4500 mm long (+60 mm), 1845 mm wide (+24 mm) and 1642 mm tall (+30 mm), with a wheelbase of 2692 mm (+22 mm). Compared with the second-gen X1, the third-gen X1 is significantly bigger.

While the near-actuator wheel slip limitation (ARB) is fitted as standard, the adaptive M suspension is optional and features frequency-selective damping, sport steering and a 15 mm drop in ride height.

The fresh interiors feature a new dashboard with a curved panel that houses a 10.25-inch driver display and a 10.7-inch central touchscreen. Other key features include BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant and two-zone automatic climate control. Options include a wireless smartphone charging pad, ambient lighting, panoramic glass sunroof, Harman Kardon sound system, 5G mobile tech, BMW Digital Key Plus, and Apple CarPlay & Android Auto connectivity. Luggage capacity is claimed to be up to 1,600 litres when the rear seat backrest is folded flat.

Standard assistance systems include Cruise Control with brake function and front-collision warning; and Parking Assistant with
Reversing Assist Camera and Reversing Assistant. Options include Steering and Lane Control Assistant; Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function; Active Navigation; Exit Warning; BMW Head-Up Display; Surround View; Remote 3D View; BMW Drive Recorder, and Remote Theft Recorder.


Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the regular X1 lineup includes X1 sDrive18i (1.5L 3-cylinder turbo petrol; 100 kW/136 metric hp and 230 Nm/170 lb-ft), X1 xDrive23i (2.0L 4-cylinder turbo petrol; 150 kW/204 metric hp and 320 Nm/236 lb-ft), X1 sDrive18d (2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel; 110 kW/149.5 metric hp and 360 Nm/265.5 lb-ft), X1 xDrive23d (2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel; 145 kW/197 metric hp and 400 Nm/295 lb-ft). The 23i and 23d models get a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. All engines are coupled with a 7-speed DCT.

For those interested in PHEV, BMW will offer X1 xDrive25e and X1 xDrive30e models, both expected to go on sale in November 2022. The X1 xDrive25e combines a 1.5L 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine and an electric motor (80 kW/109 metric hp and 247 Nm/182 lb-ft) integrated into the 7-speed DCT. The combined figures are 180 kW (245 metric hp) and 477 Nm (352 lb-ft). This version boasts an all-electric WLTP range of up to 89 km (55 mi).

The X1 xDrive30e gets a more powerful electric motor (130 kW/177 metric hp) for a combined power output of 240 kW (326 metric hp) while the torque remains the same. This one boasts an official 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 5.7 seconds, which is quicker by 1.1 seconds compared with the xDrive25e. The official top speed is 205 km/h (127 mph).

And of course, we also have the first-ever iX1, expected to be available in November 2022 in a single iX1 xDrive30 variant. It packs two electric motors, one at each axle, offering combined figures of 230 kW (313 metric hp) and 494 Nm (364 lb-ft). In fact, the combined power output is 200 kW (272 metric hp), but you get a 30 kW (41 metric hp) temporary boost. But anyway, a 64.7 kWh (usable) battery pack is claimed to offer a WLTP range of up to 438 km (272 mi). The battery pack can be DC fast-charged with up to 130 kW. As for the official performance figures, the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 5.7 seconds and the top speed is 180 km/h (112 mph).

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