New 2022 BMW iX1 electric SUV: prices, specs and launch date

BMW will soon unveil a new entry-level electric SUV based on the replacement for the X1 – here’s everything we know about the iX1 so far

BMW is looking to expand into the premium electric crossover market with its forthcoming iX1 SUV. It’ll go on sale later this year alongside the next-generation petrol-powered X1, offering fresh competition for the likes of the Mercedes EQA and the Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge.

BMW has yet to confirm technical specifications for the iX1, but we expect it’ll be based on a heavily reworked version of the current X1’s UKL2 platform. The underpinnings are shared with the existing MINI Hatch range, meaning the iX1 will have access to the MINI Electric’s 181bhp electric motor and 32.6kWh battery pack.

However, as BMW sits above MINI in the Group’s pecking order, we expect the iX1 will get the company’s newer (and more powerful) EV powertrain, as found in the iX3 SUV. That system has a 282bhp electric motor and an 80kWh battery pack, which should provide more than enough power to compete with the XC40 P8 Recharge’s 273-mile range figure.

With the next X1, BMW plans to cater for as many buyers as possible, adopting the same “Power of Choice” strategy it’ll employ on the next 3 Series, 5 Series and 7 Series. It means that, alongside the EV, there’ll be petrol and diesel mild-hybrid options, as well as plug-in hybrid variant.

New 2022 BMW iX1: design and interior

In the same way as the BMW iX3 apes the look of its combustion-engined counterparts, the pure-electric iX1 will look nearly identical to the new X1, with the only noticeable differences being a blanked-off radiator grille and reshaped rear valance, which does away with an exhaust cutout. 

BMW hasn’t released any official images of the new iX1 yet, but our spy shots of this late-stage pre-production prototype offer a good indication at how the finished car will look.

The iX3’s vertical bumper intakes also seem to be lurking under this prototype’s camouflage, as BMW tries to create a family “face” for its electric SUVs. The production car should also feature a couple of blue highlights, some aerodynamically efficient alloy wheels and unique badges to signal its eco credentials.

There’ll be even fewer changes between the interiors of the electric and petrol-powered X1s. Like the standard SUV, the iX1 should receive the same interior layout as the latest 1 Series hatchback, so expect more angular switchgear and vents, as well as BMW’s latest 10.25-inch infotainment system and digital gauge cluster.

BMW’s decision to expand its electric fleet forms part of the Group’s wider measures to reduce its overall carbon footprint. By 2030, BMW aims to lower its supply chain CO2 emissions by 20 per cent over 2019, while an 80 per cent drop in emissions from its factories and other sites is targeted by the same date.

New 2022 BMW iX1: price

BMW hasn’t yet released pricing information for the model. However, prices for key rivals such as the Mercedes EQA start from £45,645, while the Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge range kicks off from £43,550.

So, to sit amongst its peers, the new BMW iX1 should have a starting price of around £45,000. That figure should also make the EV the most expensive model in the crossover’s line-up, with prices for the next-generation X1 scheduled to start from around £30,000.

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