The leading luxury carmaker, BMW, has officially confirmed that it is going to launch the much-awaited iX1 on September 28 in India. The upcoming SUV will be the fourth electric vehicle offered by the company, following the i7 and the i4 sedans, as well as the iX SUV. Based on the third-generation X1, the BMW iX1 is expected to come with a host of new features, an improved design, and superior performance. The electric SUV will probably be introduced by the automaker through the CBU route, which might result in somewhat more expensive prices. However, given that the petrol-powered X1 is being made locally in India, we might see the company do the same with the EV. Here's everything that you need to know about the brand-new iX1 in terms of features, battery pack, design, and more.
BMW iX1: Styling
With its distinctive blue accents adorning the front and rear bumpers, door sills, and headlights, the BMW iX1 is poised to make an impression when it comes to its appearance. This version of the X1 will have an expanded kidney grille and unique inverted L-shaped dual LED daytime running lights (DRLs), which emphasise the vehicle's electric personality. Additionally, it will feature stylish LED taillights and sporty-looking alloy wheels to enhance its design language.
BMW iX1: Battery Pack and Range
Speaking of the battery pack, a 66.5kWh lithium-ion unit that can provide DC rapid charging up to 130kW is included with the BMW iX1 xDrive30. According to the auto manufacturer, the SUV's two motors' combined output of 313bhp and 494Nm enables it to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in about 5.6 seconds. The iX1's range is 440-kilometre, and its top speed stands at 180km/h.
BMW iX1: Features Onboard
Moving to the interior of the EV, it boasts features such as dual 10.7-inch touchscreen infotainment systems with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, wireless charging, rear AC vents, faux leather upholstery, a multi-zone climate control system, rear smartphone charger, a fully digital instrument cluster, panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats with massage functions, ambient lighting, and more.
In terms of safety features, the iX1 boasts several cutting-edge capabilities like adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, front collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, seven airbags (standard), rear park assist, lane departure warning, auto emergency braking, lane keep assist, ABS with EBD, and electronic stability control (ESC), among others.
BMW iX1: Anticipated Price and Market Rivals
The iX1 is anticipated to cost between Rs 60 lakh and Rs 70 lakh, making it potentially the most cost-effective electric BMW in the Indian market. As far as market competition is concerned, the SUV will compete with the Volvo XC40 Recharge, the Mercedes-Benz EQB, the Volvo C40 Recharge, the Kia EV6, and the Hyundai Ioniq 5.