BMW starts series production of all-electric iX1 crossover SUV in Germany
Munich, Bavaria-headquartered luxury vehicle manufacturer BMW AG has officially confirmed that it has started series production of the iX1 electric crossover SUV in Regensburg, with plans to start deliveries of the vehicle to pre-order holders within few weeks.
The all-electric BMW iX1 crossover SUV was first revealed back in the month of May this year. Initially, it will be sold in Europe and China. For the time being, only one variant of the EV is available, viz. the xDrive 30.
Powered by a 66-kWh battery pack, the BMW iX1 can cover a distance of up to 272 miles per charge (WLTP). It is impressively fast as it takes merely 5.7 seconds to sprint from 0 to 62 miles per hour (mph). When it comes to recharging of the battery pack, the iX1 is capable of speeds of up to 127 kW, which isn’t very impressive in today's scenario. However, on a DC fast-charger, the EV can get its battery pack replenished at a top rate of 130kW. This allows the vehicle (on ultra-rapid chargers) to charge from 10 per cent to 80 per cent in less than 30 minutes.
The upcoming electric crossover SUV also features distinctive slimline LED headlights, angular sculpted wheel arches, and kidney grille. Inside, there is a curved display with high resolution 10.7-inch control display and 10.25-inch instrument cluster. In addition to that it boasts a number of features that are not available on its ICE equivalents.
In terms of size, the BMW iX1 is similar to the brand’s new X1 sDrive18i and xDrive20i ICE models. It is 4,500mm in length and has a wheelbase of 2,692mm, which makes it 53mm longer than previous generation vehicles. In width and height, it is 1,845mm and 1,624mm, respectively.
The BMW iX1 electric crossover SUV will join the BMW i4, BMW i7, BMW iX3 and BMW iX EVs in the brand’s all-electric lineup. The manufacturer is also working on another electric crossover, called the iX2, which is expected to launch sometime in the year of 2024.
In Germany, the BMW iX1 is available to be ordered for €55,000 (roughly US$56,990). Currently, the luxury car brand has no plans to offer the EV in North America, which is quite surprising as there is a really high demand for electric crossovers in North American markets of Canada and the United States.