BMW has redesigned its compact SUV X1 and presents a fully electric version. The new iX1 xDrive30 is the company’s latest EV option built on its fifth-generation eDrive platform, the same one on which the new BMW i4 is based. Unfortunately, BMW spokesman Jay Hanson tells The Verge that there are currently no plans to offer the iX1 in the US. The German automaker will build the new X1s in Regensburg, where versions of gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid, hybrid and all-electric vehicle will be manufactured on an assembly line. BMW calls the refreshed X1 compact SAVs, or “Sports Activity Vehicles,” in an effort to better differentiate the entry-level compact from the rest of the X lineup. Notable changes to the refreshed X1 design include a larger, more angular grille, Sleeker LED headlights, flush door handles, and narrower rear windows with a squarer, more angular rear design. USA Receive Combustion Model Only. The all-electric iX1 xDrive30 is equipped with a standard twin-motor drivetrain that can produce a combined 230 kW (up to 313 horsepower) and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 5.7 seconds. It is equipped with a 64.7 kWh (usable) battery that can travel an estimated 257 to 272 miles (European WLTP) on a single charge. It can fast-charge up to 130kW, which BMW specifies adds up to 75 miles in 10 minutes. All new X1 models will have BMW’s new Operating System 8 with new voice assistant features. There’s a new continuous curved 10.25-inch instrument display that merges with a 10.7-inch infotainment screen. You get integrated 5G connectivity along with BMW’s mapping system and of course Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The new system can adjust the car’s settings and themes to suit different modes such as “Expressive” or “Relaxed”. As for driver assistance systems, the X1 can handle stop-and-go traffic automatically and has built-in adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist. grid view
The new BMW X1 lineup will be launched in October this year for combustion models, with the fully electric iX1 and X1 XDrive25e plug-in hybrid in November. If you like the style and size of the X1 and you’re in the US, you’ll stick with just one version: the X1 xDrive28i Combustion model. Since BMW dropped the crazy i3 EV from its lineup last year, the automaker’s all-electric options have remained anemic, but the iX1 shows the automaker is getting back on the electrification path with this new level EV. input. But, if electric sedans are more your style, BMW has you covered with the i4 or the more luxurious i7. And, if you want something that looks more like Tesla’s Model X, then there’s the iX and also the sportier iX M60.