In addition to the i7, BMW is preparing another big electric launch for this year: the iX1, a third-generation X1-derived compact SUV that will be revealed in the second half of the year. Since at the moment BMW has no intention of launching an electric version of the 1 Series, the new SUV will become its access electric model.
Based on the FAAR modular platform, the BMW X1 will be the twin brother of the next MINI Countryman, which will grow significantly in size compared to the current generation. The electric versions of both (iX1 and Cooper SE) will have to compete against models like the Mercedes-Benz EQA, the Genesis GV60, and the Volvo XC40 and C40 Recharge.
At the moment there is only one image of the new member of the i family, which shows us a more “gross” design front than the current X1. The grille in the form of a double kidney will grow in size and take on square shapes, while the headlights will maintain the typical double light signature of the brand.
Aesthetically, the X1 and iX1 will be practically identical, differing only in a few small details (blinded grille, specific bumpers, aerodynamically designed wheels, rear diffuser, various decorative motifs in blue…). In the passenger compartment, the main difference will be found in the fact that the electric will have the BMW Curved Display associated with the new generation iDrive 8 infotainment system (the thermal model will have a more classic layout, with the instrumentation located under a visor and separate touch screen).
The iX1 will be BMW’s entry-level electric car
Rumors suggest that it will have an xDrive30 variant that will combine a drivetrain made up of two motors (which will yield a combined power of 270 hp and provide all-wheel drive) with an 80 kWh battery pack from the iX3. The eDrive20 access model will be front-wheel drive and will offer a shorter range. It is not yet clear if, like the i4 and iX, it will have a high-performance version signed by M, the sports division of BMW.
Although its presentation date is still unknown, the BMW iX1 will likely see the light during the next Paris Motor Show , which will be held from October 17 to 23 this year. The first deliveries for its part will not take place until early 2023. The MINI Countryman, despite being broadly the same car, will be launched somewhat later.