The new-generation BMW X1 has been leaked online with a dual-motor electric version that boasts 438km of range stealing much of the thunder
The 2023 BMW X1 has leaked online confirming that a fully-electric version – to be known as the iX1 – will debut in what is likely an all-new generation for the small SUV.
Both the conventionally powered X1 and fully-electric iX1 are expected to land in Australia either later this year or early in 2023, when they will face off against the Mercedes-Benz GLA, Lexus UX and Volvo XC40 which similarly offer a flexible choice of powertrain options.
The timing of the reveal suggests that this won’t be another facelift for the ‘F48’ generation that launched globally in 2015, but rather an all-new third-generation vehicle (thought to be codenamed the U11) with exact details to be confirmed shortly.
The likely new-gen X1 will be the latest to adopt BMW’s ‘power of choice’ philosophy following the X3 and 4 Series Gran Coupe which both offer a range of powertrains from petrol through fully-electric.
The images primarily focus on the iX1 which shows off a more striking design complete with blue accents around the body to emphasize its electric underpinnings.
Details such as a 438km range capacity, tested according to the more conservative WLTP protocol are shown, with power drawn from a 64.7kWh battery.
Claimed DC charging speeds of up to 130kW are said to provide the ability to top up the battery from 10 to 80 percent in 29 minutes, or a 22kW AC home wall charger can be used and will likely take around four hours.
A pair of electric motors, making up to 230kW of power, are also mentioned, though it’s not clear if these will be placed on a single axle or if the iX1 will offer all-wheel drive.
The interior of the X1 has been heavily redesigned to suit the curved-display focus introduced by the i4 electric sedan but has been downsized to suit the more compact cabin.
Images show a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster sitting alongside a 10.7-inch touchscreen, with the pair running off BMW’s latest-generation iDrive 8 software.
A leather-bound M Sport steering wheel borrowed from the iX electric-only SUV is seen inside the new X1, alongside a newly-designed door-pull.
Additionally, the X1 will feature a larger boot capacity of 540-litres – up from 505-litres in the current generation – which expands to 1600-litres when the second-row seats are folded flat.
Technology such as a wireless phone charger, a head-up display and matrix LED headlights are also on offer, though the official Australia specification is yet to be released.
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