BMW unveils X1, electric iX1 and hybrid

After what seems like ages, the German luxury automotive marque BMW has finally taken the covers off of the newest iteration of its entry-level luxury SUV – the 2022 X1. The all-new X1 has been given a massive overhaul in terms of its exterior and interior design. Along with it the equipment and drivetrain list of the new X1 have also increased massively over its outgoing counterpart. For the first time, BMW has also introduced an all-electric version of the X1 and it will be called the iX1.

BMW unveils X1, electric iX1 and hybrid

The third-generation X1 from the outside looks extremely handsome and modern. It would be safe to say that it looks like a baby X5. It boasts a striking design with muscular proportions, squarish wheel arches, and the trademark BMW X model front and rear ends. The upright front fascia of the 2022 X1 features slim LED headlights, a large, almost square BMW kidney grille, X-shaped lines and chrome strips in the lower air intake.

Moving on to the side profile, sculpted surfaces and a long roofline are the distinguishing features of the new model. From the rear, the narrow tailgate window, horizontal lines, eye-catching LED lighting, and flared wheel arches create the classic BMW SUV appearance. The new BMW X1 may also be specified with xLine design components, which comprise a few cosmetic enhancements. BMW also provides an M Sport variant as an option to the standard model, which includes features such as bigger cooling air inlets.

All model variants get 17-inch light-alloy wheels as standard. Meanwhile, 18-inch light-alloy wheels are standard on xLine and M Sport variants. Additionally, 19-inch and – in a first for the BMW X1 – 20-inch wheels are also available. Customers may select between two solid and eight metallic exterior paint finishes, including a new Frozen paint option from BMW Individual.

Moving on to the interior of the SUV, this is also a place where BMW has poured in a lot of effort. The slim instrument panel, the BMW Curved Display, the “floating” armrest with integral control panel, and the smartphone tray with indirect illumination at the front of the centre console are essential aspects of the interior remodel.

BMW unveils X1, electric iX1 and hybrid

The newly designed seats are available with Sensatec perforated and Vernasca leather upholstery. Sport seats, electronic seat adjustment with memory function, and lumbar support with massage function are all available as options. Both acoustic comfort and occupant protection have been enhanced in the new-gen X1. A new interaction airbag between the front seats has also been added to the integrated passive safety concept.

The 2022 X1 comes equipped with BMW’s new Curved Display, which consists of two screens: a 10.7-inch instrument cluster screen and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit that runs BMW’s newest OS 8 software. Other features include cruise control with brake function and a front collision warning system, as well as Park Assist with Reversing Assist Camera and Reversing Assistant. Optional features include steering and lane control assistance, active cruise control with stop&go function, active navigation, exit warning function, and BMW Head-Up Display, as well as Surround View, Remote 3D View, BMW Drive Recorder, and Remote Theft Recorder.

The BMW X1 2023 will be available with both petrol and diesel engines. The petrol engine is a 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged unit that produces 134 BHP and 230 Nm. A 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 201 BHP and 320 Nm is also available. It includes a mild-hybrid unit that adds 19 BHP and 55 Nm. The SUV also has a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with two tuning modes. It generates 147 BHP and 360 Nm on the sDrive 18d, and 194 BHP and 400 Nm on the higher-spec xDrive23d. The higher-spec model also has a 48v hybrid unit, which delivers 19 BHP and 55 Nm. All engine choices are paired with a standard 7-speed automatic transmission.

The all-new BMW iX1 which is the all-electric version of the standard SUV comes available in a single xDrive30 model, with its twin electric motor system delivering 313 BHP and 494 Nm (one on each axle). The motors are coupled with a 64.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, giving the iX1 a range of 438 kilometres on a single charge. The iX1 comes equipped with an 11 kW charger, but it is also capable of rapid charging with a capacity of up to 130 kW.