BMW Australia The growing range of electric vehicles will be further expanded in the first quarter of 2023 iX1 Smaller SUV, an entry point to replace the defunct i3 hatch.
The new, 4.5-meter-long iX1 will slot in the lower range of the iX3 SUV, as well as the flagships of the i4 GT and Radical iX range.
“In its third model generation, the BMW X1 also offers a wide range of BMW i-style electric mobility gateways for the target audience,” the company said.
This means that its platform or architecture (internally called FAAR) can similarly hold EVs, plug-in hybrids, and regular combustion engines.
German-made (both cars and batteries are manufactured at the Regensburg plant) iX1 Beamer will answer competing models such as Mercedes-Benz EQA, Volvo XC40 Recharge and Tesla Model Y – if the latter is the case here
Other small to medium-sized electric SUVs new to the Australian market in 2022 or 2023 include the Genesis Electrified GV70, Mercedes-Benz EQB, Renault Megane E-Tech and Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solters Twin.
Not an entry level EV on the BMW iX1 spec, with some amazing performance statistics: front and rear axle electric drive motors, E-AWD and system power and 230kW and 494Nm of torque. This is enough for 100km / h from the claimed zero of 5.7 seconds.
The battery already allows a driving range of 413km to 438km on European WLTP bikes. The iX1 supports both single- and three-phase AC charging at rates up to 11kW, although you can optionally increase it to 22kW. It supports DC charging up to 130kW.
Like other electric BMWs, the iX1 features BMW IconicSounds Electric, a synthetic engine sound produced by the famous composer Hans Zimmer.
The iX1 is a brand new operating system 8 and the latest BMW to get a curved display, with a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system on one display.
Meanwhile, on the electrified front, the BMW X1 will also offer the xDrive25e and xDrive30e plug-in hybrids where the claimed EVs have a driving range of only 78 to 89 kilometers – however, there is no current timeline in Australia as to when or where these may arrive.
Priority production, always with PHEV, goes to regions with binding emissions-reduction schemes, such as Europe.
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