BMW iX1 electric SUV and X1 facelift SUV with mild-hybrid technology: Highlights – Times of India

BMW iX1 electric SUV and X1 facelift SUV’s Hybrid Variants have been revealed. The pure-electric version, badged iX1 xDrive30e, features two electric motors that have a combined maximum output of 312 horsepower and 494 Nm of torque. BMW reports that the power is delivered to all four wheels, giving the iX1 a 0-100 kmph time of under 6 seconds and a top speed of 180 kmph.

BMW iX1 xDrive30e

The iX1 will come equipped with a 64.7kWh battery pack that will reportedly give a range of between 410 to 438 kilometres as per WLTP cycle. The electric SUV will also support charging of up to 130kW which can give a 10 to 80 per cent charge in under 30 minutes or 120km range in just 10 minutes. The standard 11kW AC charger will be able to bring the iX1 up to full charge in 6.5 hours. Buyers will also have the option of upgrading to an 11kW on-board unit that cuts charging time further down to 3 hours 45 minutes.

In terms of cosmetic changes, the iX1 will look almost identical to its mild-hybrid and diesel counterparts. With the exception of slight aerodynamic tweaks and blue highlights that signify its pure-electric nature. What remains to be seen is if BMW will bring the iX1 to India alongside the third generation X1. The SUV’s global launch has been announced for October 2022, with an India-launch expected to follow soon. The new X1 range features sharper LED headlights, a revised front grill and updated bumper design.

Third-generation BMW X1 (left) and iX1 (right)

The 2023 X1 range and the iX1 will feature new seats covered in perforated leather. However, the bulk of the upgrade inside comes from the 10.25-inch curved infotainment display and 10.7-inch driver display in the cockpit, similar to the one we recently saw in the BMW i4. It will run BMW’s latest iDrive 8 OS which is also 5G enabled.

BMW iX1 interior

In total, the X1 will arrive in two petrol engine options that will be equipped with a 48V mild-hybrid system. One diesel option and then the pure-electric iX1. The top spec 2-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine is reported to produce 211 horsepower and 360Nm of torque when combined with the mild-hybrid system. On the other hand the diesel will produce 210hp and 400Nm. I twill be interesting to see how the X1 and iX1 fair against existing competition in the Indian market such as Volvo XC40 and XC40 Recharge.

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