BMW has finally launched the electric version of its entry-level X1 SUV – the iX1 – in the Indian market, priced at Rs 66.90 lakh (ex-showroom). This comes eight months after the Indian arm of the German manufacturer introduced the 2023 BMW X1 in January. The new model will be imported using the quick-to-market import or CBU (Completely Built-up Unit) route and will go toe-to-toe with the Mercedes-Benz EQB, the Volvo C40 Recharge, the Kia EV6, and the Hyundai Ioniq 5 in the electric-SUV segment. Given that it is based on the third-generation BMW X1, the latest iX1 electric vehicle appears identical to its internal combustion engine-powered counterpart, save for its EV-specific styling bits such as the closed-off kidney grille with distinct 'i'. The front end is further characterised by slim headlamps with inverted L-shaped daytime running lights (DRLs), while the rear end gets sleek LED taillights. On offer is also a new set of sporty-looking 18-inch alloy wheels. Prospective buyers have a choice of four monotone colours – Alpine White non-metallic as well as Space Silver, Black Sapphire & Storm Bay metallic paintworks.
BMW iX1 Electric SUV: Interior, Features
The new BMW iX1 is the brand's fourth electric model in its India lineup, following the i7 and the i4 sedans, as well as the iX SUV. On the feature front, the iX1 offers a clean dashboard with 'Aluminium Mesheffect' trim, an M sport leather steering wheel, a 10.7-inch touchscreen, a 10.25-inch curved digital information display system, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity, faux leather upholstery, multi-zone climate control, ventillated seats with massage functions, wireless charging, rear AC vents, an optional panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, a boot space of 490 litres, etc.
As far as safety goes, the iX1 takes care of it with the help of adaptive cruise control, seven airbags (standard), electronic stability control (ESC), ABS with EBD, blind-spot monitoring, rear park assist, rear cross-traffic alert, front collision warning, auto emergency braking, and lane departure warning.
BMW iX1 Electric SUV: Powertrain, Performance
Underneath the skin, the new BMW iX1 electric SUV is equipped with a 66.4kWh Lithium-ion battery pack that supports up to 130kW DC fast charging. Using a fast charger, the battery can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in 29 minutes. Powering the vehicle are two electric motors, which offer a combined output of 313bhp and 494Nm. As a result, the iX1 is claimed to accelerate from a standstill to 100km/h in 5.6 seconds. It has a claimed range of 440 kilometres on a single charge (WLTP), while the car tops out at 180km/h.
Moreover, the vehicle's Adaptive M Suspension is said to provide an extremely comfortable ride by absorbing all minor bumps on the road and offering sporty damper characteristics for dynamic driving. Overseas, the BMW iX1 is available in 2 configurations – the xDrive30 and the relatively new eDrove20 with a front-wheel drive system (201bhp/250Nm). In the Indian market, the automaker offers the xDrive30 version, which comes standard with All-Wheel Drive (AWD) capability.
BMW iX1 Electric SUV: Price, Competition
The BMW iX1 slots below the iX, the only electric SUV offered in the country. Priced at Rs 66.90 lakh (ex-showroom), the iX1 is the brand's most affordable electric vehicle in India. At this price point, the SUV goes up against the Volvo C40 Recharge, the Kia EV6, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the Volvo XC40 Recharge, and others.