BMW’s next-generation small SUV range, including the brand’s new entry-level electric vehicle, was leaked just before its release.
The 2023 BMW X1 and iX1 The cover broke before the expected June 1 unveiling, which appears to be an official press kit photo shared on Instagram account. leaktveak.
One of these images reveals the technical features of the iX1, which is the fifth generation of BMW’s drive technology and uses a 64.7kWh battery.
It produces 200kW of power with an additional 30kW boost, and the 438km limit is claimed under the WLTP test cycle.
It can support AC charging up to 11kW as standard, 22kW charging capacity is optional.
It can support DC charging up to 130kW, 10 minutes charging adds 120km and 10 to 80 percent charge takes 29 minutes.
The iX1 has a drag coefficient of 0.26, although there appears to be no apparent change between it and its combustion engine-powered X1 counterpart.
The iX1 still features a traditional-looking grille with vertical chrome bars, though it looks off. There are also the expected blue highlights for an i-branded BMW
Overall, the styling is an evolution from the current X1. Its flanks have less heavy creasing than the current car, although the overall shape of the car and the rise of its beltline are similar.
Standard LED headlights are more angular and thinner to look at, while tail lights are slightly thinner with chunky lighting elements.
Matrix LED headlights optional.
The X1 shown in the picture appears to have an M Sport package.
The redesigned 2 Series Active Toure has proven to be a reliable preview of what to expect from the cabins of the X1 and iX1.
Like the smaller MPV, the new crossovers feature BMW’s new curved display with a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system in the same housing.
The infotainment system runs the latest BMW operating system 8.
There’s also a steep wireless charging tray, although BMW seems to have moved away from this trademark feature in its smaller vehicles, leaving the iDrive controller.
Options include sports seats with a head-up display and a massaging function.
The rear seats fold 40:20:40 and quote the total boot capacity of the BMW 540-1600L.
In addition to the new iX1, the new X1 is expected to be offered worldwide with Diesel, 48V Mild-Hybrid Petrol and Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) Powertrain.
The 2 Series Active Tura features a similarly wide range.
The smaller People’s Mover petrol engines include a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder with 100kW / 230Nm or 125kW / 280Nm and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 160kW and 360Nm.
There is also a 110kW / 360Nm 2.0-liter turbo-diesel. All of these engines are combined with front-wheel drive, although the all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid model is coming.
The Bavarian brand has confirmed that the X1 will be launched first, later this year, followed by the iX1.
More specific local launch times have not yet been confirmed, although the iX1 BMW is available on the Australian website.
This will be the first electric BMW X1 to be sold in the global market.
The Chinese BMW Brilliance joint venture launched in 2013 an electric version of the first generation X1 called the Zinoro 1E, although it was only available for lease.
It has a 125kW / 250Nm electric motor, a lithium iron phosphate battery pack and an electric range of up to 150km.
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