- New BMW X1 and iX1 revealed: price, specs and release date
New BMW X1 and iX1 revealed: price, specs and release date
The first details of the all-new BMW X1 have been released, with the popular small SUV gaining a fully electric iX1 model alongside petrol, diesel and hybrid versions.
BMW has avoided using the controversial linked kidney grille design seen on the electric iX and i4 models on either the standard X1 or the electric iX1, instead using larger, more squared-off versions of the traditional dual kidneys alongside slimmer LED headlights and an angular front grille.
Separating the electric iX1 from the X1 is electric blue highlights around the grille and L-shaped blue inserts in the bumper, along with similar trim for the side skirts. Otherwise both have a similar profile, with a smoother look and less aggressive shoulder-line than the old BMW X1, plus new flush-fitting door handles.
The rear-end features a tapering roofline and large rear spoiler, plus a more angular rear window and tailgate design than the old car. Again, the electric iX1 gets unique blue bumper inserts plus bespoke badging.
A chunky metallic skid-plate features on the bumper of the petrol, diesel or hybrid X1, but they can also be had in sportier xLine and M Sport trims with black detailing instead of chrome and different exterior design details. Wheel sizes of between 17 and 20-inches can be specified - the latter the largest ever offered on the X1. A range of colours including matt and Individual finishes helps add personalisation.
In terms of exterior dimensions the 2022 BMW X1 is 4500mm long, 1845mm wide and 1642mm tall, respective increases of 53mm, 24mm and 44mm over the old car. With 31mm wider tracks and a 22mm longer wheelbase it should be more practical than ever, too.
The new 2022 BMW X1 sits below the X3 as BMW's smallest SUV model, and alongside the more coupe-like X2. The iX1 EV is effectively a replacement for the decade-old i3 electric hatchback, serving as the brand's smallest and cheapest battery-powered car.
New BMW X1 and iX1 price, release date and rivals
BMW has detailed pricing of some versions of the new X1. So we know that, at initial launch at least, it'll start at £35,130 for the X1 sDrive18d diesel model. That's around £5,000 more than the outgoing X1, although we expect to see cheaper petrol variants in due course.
Initially the smallest petrol engine will be the all-wheel drive X1 xDrive23i with 218PS, which starts at £40,600. The diesel xDrive 23d is £42,150. BMW has listed three electrified models at launch: the xDrive25e and xDrive30e plug-in hybrids, plus the iX1.
Expect higher trim levels to add a price premium taking higher-end versions of the regular X1 over £50k, and the plug-in hybrids will be the most expensive combustion engine models.
The BMW X1 will be on sale first in petrol and diesel form in October, with further engines including the plug-in hybrids available to order towards the end of 2022. The iX1 is expected on sale before the year is out, too.
However, the iX1's 313PS output means it'll be much faster than entry-level versions of those cars, so expect a price at or above £50k to compete with the Volvo XC40 Recharge. It'll need to undercut the bigger BMW iX3, however, which has a starting price of around £60,000.
New BMW X1 and iX1 interior and technology
The interior of the new BMW X1 is said to take inspiration from the iX electric flagship, most notably in the front with a new dashboard design and detailing.
A new slimline curved glass instrument and infotainment screen panel sits neatly on the dash top, with a similar floating centre console-cum-armrest as the IX, too with integrated controls and a shrunken gearshift. Details such as an open pore eucalyptus wood trim option also enhance that premium feel.
The infotainment itself uses BMW's latest eight-generation operating system, with a 10.25-inch dial display combining with a 10.7-inch central infotainment screen on all models. Slick graphics and a smartphone-style appearance are said to make it intuitive, alongside and advanced voice control system, but it's worth noting that the rotary iDrive controller is no more.
All models get a cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system, although the electric iX1 also gets routes optimised for charging. Aside from that the iX1's cabin is largely identical to the X1, save for different instruments.
Further features include enhanced lighting including multi-colour ambient lighting, a new choreographed 'Welcome Scenario' when you walk up to the car and a Dynamic interior light function that sends pulsating light signals to warn of an open door or an incoming phone call. A panoramic glass sunroof comes on pro models, with options including a Harmon Kardon sound system.
BMW is claiming "generous amounts of space" inside the new X1 thanks to those increased dimensions all-round. There's also newly developed seats for greater long distance comfort, plus three full-sized sliding seats in the rear with 40/20/40 folding, plus a 540-litre boot that expands to 1600 litres with the seats folded.
New BMW X1 and iX1 engines, power and performance
At launch there are a pair of 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesels and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine in the new BMW X1. All engines have had hardware and software upgrades over the old units, with the two larger engines using 48v mild-hybrid technology with a 19PS electric motor.
The cheapest variant initially is the sDrive18d, which puts out 150PS and 360Nm of torque, enough for a 0-62mph time of 8.9 seconds. Fuel economy is up to 57.7mpg combined.
The higher-powered diesel is the four-wheel drive xDrive23d, which puts out 211ps and 400Nm of torque for a 7.4-second 0-62mph time and, impressively, even better economy at up to 58.9mpg combined.
The sole initial petrol offering is the xDrive23i, with 218PS and 360Nm of torque taking it from 0-62mph in 7.1 seconds. Combined fuel economy is up to 43.5mpg. Expect to see lower-powered variants including a three-cylinder turbo petrol sitting at the base point of the range in due course.
There are two plug-in hybrids, with the xDrive25e using a turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels and an electric motor driving the rear. With a combined output of 245PS and 477Nm, it'll go from 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds and combined fuel economy of up to 353mpg.
The more powerful xDrive30e also uses a three-cylinder turbo petrol engine and electric motor in the same layout, but power is boosted to 326PS for a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds. Quoted economy is the same. Both PHEVs use a 14.2kWh useable battery and feature 7.4kW charging to go from full to empty in 2.5 hours. The electric range is between 48 and 55 miles on the WLTP cycle.
All engines are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, with gearshift paddles on certain models and a coasting function.
Finally there's the all-electric BMW iX1, which uses two electric motors across both axles to deliver a combined output of 313PS (including a temporary boost mode) and 494Nm of torque. That's sufficient for a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds and a 112mph top speed.
The iX1 is powered by a 64.7kWh battery under the floor with a claimed range of between 257 and 272 mile. 11kW three-phase AC charging is standard, with 22kW charging optional, while DC rapid charging of up to 130kW allows a 10-80% top up in 29 minutes.
The iX1 also has regenerative braking that can deliver up to 120kW of charge, plus a drive sound 'experience' developed by composer Hanz Zimmer. BMW iX1 retail customers in the UK and Europe get 12 months of charging via the Ionity network for free.
In terms of the suspension, BMW claims both axle designs have been developed from scratch with improvements for both steering precision, body roll control and ride comfort. M Sport models, plug-in hybrids and the iX1 come as standard with Adaptive M suspension with a 15mm ride height drop.
New chassis control systems, a lightweight material mix and an improvement in aerodynamics are all claimed to boost both the driving experience and efficiency. BMW has also used renewable and recycled materials in its construction and reduced the carbon footprint of the electrified models.
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The outgoing BMW X1 is getting on a bit now, but it's still a decent small SUV with a good driving experience, high quality cabin and decent amount of space. Rivals are more refined and high-tech, however.
It depends on your priorities, but if you only need space for a couple of children or small adults the BMW X1 should offer enough space, while being cheaper to buy and run. The X3 is more spacious and has a bigger boot, plus it's more comfortable and refined.
First versions of the new BMW X1 arrive in showrooms in October, with cheaper variants, the plug-in hybrids and the electric iX1 arriving by the end of the year.