New video of 2023 BMW iX1 teases new EV’s launch on 31st May
The next-generation version of the BMW X1 compact crossover is nearing its launch – and with it will come an all-electric variant, named the iX1.
BMW has published a teaser video of the new iX1, highlighting some key design details such as the closed-off kidney grilles, L-shaped rear lights and the new car’s infotainment screen set-up.
Towards the end of the video it’s possible to make out three dimly lit BMW SUVs, most likely the iX1, X1 and another version – possibly a plug-in hybrid version of the new car.
The new iX1 will be positioned as a rival to the Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge and the Mercedes EQA in the small, premium electric SUV segment, and we’ve already caught it testing in prototype form.
Like the BMW iX3 and its combustion-engined counterpart, the pure-electric iX1 will look near enough identical to the new X1, with the only noticeable differences being the blanked-off radiator grille, re-shaped rear valance (which does away with an exhaust cut-out) and a few blue trim pieces and iX1 badges. The production car should also feature some aerodynamically efficient alloy wheels and vertical bumper intakes, just like the larger iX3.
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We expect the new model will be based on a heavily reworked version of the current X1’s UKL platform, as BMW has already developed an electric version of the underpinnings for the MINI Electric.
The iX1 should feature the company’s next-generation EV system however, (as seen on the iX3), granting access to a 282bhp motor set-up if required, and battery technology that should easily see the EV’s range surpass 200 miles, putting it on par with its rivals from Volvo and Mercedes.
With its next X1, BMW will further broaden the appeal of its compact crossover, adopting the same “Power of Choice” strategy it’ll employ on the next 5 Series and 7 Series. It means alongside the EV there will be petrol and diesel mild-hybrid options, plus a plug-in hybrid model as well as the full EV the firm has teased.
BMW’s decision to expand its electric fleet forms part of the group’s wider measures to reduce its overall carbon footprint. By 2030, BMW aims to lower its supply chain CO2 emissions by 20 per cent over 2019, while an 80 per cent drop in emissions from its factories and other sites is targeted by the same date.
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