BMW iX1 (BMW X1 electric) to feature dual & single motor variants

On 27 July 2020, BMW Group confirmed that a BMW X1 electric (codename: BMW U11) will be one of its many future BEV launches. Now, a new report from BMWBlog gives us more details about the i3 successor.

Design

The BMW iX1 (codename U11) will arrive as a derivative of the third-gen BMW X1, which will celebrate its world premiere in June 2022, as per BMW Blog. Testing of the ICE variant with production body panels and the all-electric BMW iX1 has commenced in Germany and other parts of Europe, providing an insight into what to expect.

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Prototypes of the U11 have been spotted on test in Europe ahead of its 2022 launch. A lower centre of gravity and the Gen 5 eDrive system are expected to make driving the X1 electric a fun experience. Image: Ricardo/TopElectricSUV

Generally, the design language is an evolution of the present model with a sportier stance and sharper creases. However, the most distinct is expected to be the kidney grille which is expected to grow and get blanked out for the electric version.

At the rear, the lamps would follow the ‘L’ shape, and there will be a large spoiler with a stoplight. The rear window will be of small size, and we don’t expect any major improvements in rear visibility, considering spy shots that show a more sloping roof.

Seeing the relationship between the Mk3 BMW X3 and the BMW iX3, we suspect a nearly identical design for the BMW X1 electric, with the most noticeable changes including elements like closed-off grilles, exclusive wheels in a fancier, more aerodynamic design, and blue accents on the bumpers, rocker panels, grille, and more aerodynamic wheels with low rolling resistance tires.

BMW iX1 variants & specifications

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The iX1 is anticipated with single and dual motor configurations. Image of the current X1 PHEV added for illustrative purposes. Image: BMW

The BMW iX3 has a standard 74 kWh battery pack (net capacity) that allows a range of up to 460 km in the WLTP (or up 520 km in the NEDC test cycle). The BMW iX1, constrained by its smaller dimensions and possibly for a lower retail price, will offer a smaller battery pack option.

According to BMW Blog, we can look forward to two battery packs: 38 kWh and 74 kWh in the 400V powertrain. The 38 kWh is expected to offer 200 km (125 miles) on the WLTP, targeting buyers who require a car only for short commutes such as the office, school, and the grocer. This variant would greatly lower the entry barrier. The latter would go up to 400 km (250 miles), targeted at families who do excursions or road trips and for places where the charging infrastructure doesn’t inspire confidence. In addition, single and dual motor variants will be on offer, similar to the upcoming i4 lineup, and the rumour is that BMW iX1 20 and BMW iX1 30 will be the nomenclature to separate the two.

If the powertrain of the iX1 is only a modified variant of the iX3, expect a DC charging power of 150 kW and there a charging time of 10 min for 100 km range (WLTP).

Production & Release date

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Pure-electric variants for the next-generation BMW X1, 7 Series and 5 Series have been confirmed. Image: BMW Group Investor Presentation, Nov 2020.

Plant Regensburg in Germany will start manufacturing the new BMW X1 in 2022, while the electric version is expected to enter production late next year or early 2023. In November 2020, BMW announced that its Regensburg and Leipzig plants are undergoing updates to produce battery modules and high voltage batteries from this year. When launched, the iX1 is likely to replace the ageing i3 as the BMW brand’s entry-level battery-electric car.

BMW iX1 FAQs

What is the BMW iX1 release date?

The BMW iX1 will be revealed in 2022, and deliveries are anticipated towards early 2023.

What are the rivals to the BMW iX1?

The BMW iX1 will rival the like of the Audi Q4 e-tron, Volvo XC40 Recharge and Mercedes EQB.

What is the expected price of the BMW iX1?

The BMW iX1 is expected to start from a little over 40,000 GBP (46,000 EUR).