New BMW X1 and iX1 shown testing ahead of launch

BMW confirms 272 mile range for new iX1 as it completes testing with new X1

  • New X1 due later in 2022
  • iX1 to get blue detailing
  • 272-mile range

BMW has released its latest teaser images of the new BMW X1 compact SUV and its all-electric stablemate, the iX1. Both vehicles have been undergoing final testing in the snow and ice of northern Sweden during, with the former due to make its debut later this year and the latter arriving in late 2023.

With a claimed range of 272 miles, the new iX1 is now more or less certain to be fitted with the larger battery fitted to the current iX3, while a two motor layout will deliver four-wheel drive. The new iX1 will be the third all-electric SUV from BMW and become the entry model into the electrified range of SUVs for the brand when it arrives in late 2023.

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BMW has completed its winter weather testing for the third generation X1 and all-new BMW IX1, which will be the brand’s first all-electric car in this sector. Tests included assessing the charging capabilities of the batteries in the bitter cold on the edge of the arctic circle and the additional strain placed on the electric motors in icy road conditions. As these tests are now completed and announced to have been successful, the firm will move forward with the final preparations before releasing the vehicle for sale.

The latest battery technology that BMW has will be used in both the iX3 and the plug-in hybrid versions of the BMW X3. The aim is to optimise the performance of the electrified range in the most challenging conditions while also maintaining charging times in extreme conditions.

As you can see, the X1 will get a larger version of BMW’s famous kidney grilles, although for the iX1 they’ll be blanked out and lined with blue accents. Blocky lower air intakes will also get blue detailing, as will BMW logos on the nose and tailgate. A new headlight design will feature too.

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BMW already has the iX and iX3 in its EV SUV range, making the iX1 the third all-electric SUV to join the line-up. The first deliveries are expected in Autumn this year alongside the hybrid and internal combustion engine X1 models.

With the BMW X2 acting as the sporty coupe version, it’s expected that the X1 will take on a more traditional SUV look inspired by the larger BMW X3 and BMW X5 models. That said, it’s unlikely to look quite as rectangular as the Mercedes GLB, which has to accommodate a seven-seat layout. BMW hasn’t given any clues as to whether the new X1 will also be available with three rows of seats, but it’s a possibility following the demise of the seven-seat 2 Series Gran Tourer MPV.

It’s highly likely that the X1 will share its interior with the newly launched BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. This means it will get the same curved screen set-up that combines a digital instrument cluster and infotainment touchscreen. All cars will feature Apple CarPlay, cruise control and parking sensors.

Engines will be carried over from the current car; the entry-level model will get a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine shared with the MINI line-up. A more powerful 189bhp petrol, badged 20i, will also be offered, and both these engines should return 40mpg or so. The current 18d and 20d diesel versions should continue to be available, perhaps with mild-hybrid technology to reduce their emissions.

The electric iX1 is only part of BMW’s zero-emission push. Electric 5 Series and 7 Series models are also in development, and all may use the same 282bhp electric motor that’s be deployed in the BMW iX3 SUV.

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