The 2023 BMW iX1 SUV, scheduled to hit showrooms within the first couple of months next year, has been reserved for Australia. The iX1 is expected to be BMW’s lowest-priced electric vehicle in Australia, with prices starting at $82,900 plus on-road expenses for both the M Sport and xLine variants. It was unveiled in June together with the petrol-powered X1.
The flagship petrol-powered X1 xDrive20i, which starts at $65,900 before on-road expenses, costs $17,000 less than BMW iX1. BMW claims its electric ix1 ‘xDrive30’ can speed up from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.6 seconds and is powered by double electric motors with a combined output of up to 230kW and 494Nm.
BMW claims that the iX1’s 65kWh lithium-ion battery allows it to attain an alleged driving range of approximately 440 kilometers during the European WLTP test cycle. You can reportedly charge the battery from 10% to 80% in 29 minutes thanks to the BMW iX3’s AC charging capacity of up to 22kW and its DC charging system’s support for up to 130kW.
Customers of the iX1 receive a free three-year subscription to Chargefox’s network of quick and ultra-quick electric vehicle chargers. The electric iX1 shares several standard features with the gasoline-powered BMW X1.
Along with iDrive 8 software, head-up display, dual-zone climate control, the 10.7-inch infotainment touchscreen, augmented reality satellite navigation, 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, and keyless entry and start are all included.
A panoramic glass sunroof, adaptive “M” suspension, BMW’s electric sound generator, power-adjustable sports seats, a tyre pressure monitoring system, and a Harman Kardon premium sound system are just a few of the equipment upgrades the BMW iX1 has over the X1. BMW’s electric iX1 has a boot capacity of up to 490 liters with the back seats up (50 liters less than the petrol X1), and when the second row is folded flat, that capacity rises to 1495 liters (105 litres less than the X1).
Soon after the X1’s local launch, the 2023 BMW iX1 is scheduled to enter Australian showrooms between January and March 2023.