BMW has introduced the all-electric iX1 xDrive30 SUV in India, priced at Rs 66.90 lakh (ex-showroom). This electric SUV is based on the popular BMW X1, which not only held the title of the best-selling luxury SUV for the brand in FY2023 but also claimed the overall best-selling position. We previously reported on the imminent arrival of this EV SUV in India.
The iX1’s design closely resembles its combustion engine counterpart, the X1, with the key distinguishing feature being the ‘i’ emblem on the front grille. It rides on 18-inch alloy wheels and features adaptive suspension. The vehicle is offered in four solid colors: grey, silver, black, and white.
Inside the SUV, you’ll find a 10.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system operated using BMW’s iDrive operating system, complemented by a 10.25-inch digital information display. The interior boasts an Aluminum ‘Mesheffect’ finish with chrome highlights, and it comes equipped with a reclining rear bench. The SUV offers a generous boot space of 490 litres.
The BMW iX1 comes packed with features, including two-zone climate control, front seats with massage functions, a Harman Kardon sound system with 12 speakers, six ambient lighting modes, and a panoramic sunroof. It also features adaptive LED headlights, automatic tailgate operation, and parking assistance.
In terms of safety, the iX1 shares many safety features with its ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) counterpart, such as ABS, ESP, traction control, and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems). Notably, to alert pedestrians and other road users due to the absence of engine noise, it is equipped with a feature that generates artificial sounds when the vehicle is operating at speeds of up to 30 kph.
The BMW iX1 is equipped with a dual-motor setup, providing all-wheel drive capability, with a combined power output of 313hp and 494Nm of torque. This enables the EV to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 5.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 kph. It is powered by a 66.4kWh battery pack, delivering a claimed range of 440 kilometers.
Charging the BMW iX1 is convenient, with a standard 11kW AC charger taking 6.3 hours to charge the battery from 0 to 100 percent. Alternatively, a 130kW DC fast charger can charge the vehicle from 10 to 80 percent in just 29 minutes.
The BMW iX1 xDrive 30 is the most affordable electric vehicle in BMW’s Indian lineup, joining the i4 sedan, iX SUV, and the luxurious i7. It competes in the market against rivals like the Mercedes EQB (Rs 77.50 lakh), Volvo XC40 Recharge (Rs 56.9 lakh), Hyundai Ioniq 5 (Rs 45.95 lakh), and Kia EV6 (Rs 60.95 lakh). BMW might consider local assembly for the iX1 in the future, similar to what they are doing with the X1, to potentially lower its price.
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