New BMW iX1 electric car spotted: price, specs and release date

John Tallodi
April 08, 2021

The all-electric BMW iX1 electric car has been spotted testing before it makes its official reveal in 2022. Read on for more details on this highly anticipated new SUV.

  • New small electric SUV spotted
  • Based on next-generation X1
  • Could use components from the iX3
  • Near 300-mile range possible
  • Reveal expected in 2022
  • On sale in late 2022 / early 2023

The BMW X1 SUV is due for replacement next year and an all-electric variant – that’ll almost certainly be called the iX1 – has been spotted testing.

This will be BMW’s first fully electric small SUV, following the larger iX3 that was released in 2020, and one of 13 new electric cars coming from the German brand before 2025. Read on for everything you need to know about this new EV.

New BMW iX1 design

The exterior of the iX1 looks remarkably similar to the spy shots of the similarly disguised X1. This means it has a traditional SUV shape with a slightly sportier design than the X1 you can currently buy.

Unlike the standard X1, the iX1 will have a blanked-off kidney grille, just like the iX3 SUV and the recently revealed i4 saloon.

Save for a lack of a tailpipe peeking out from beneath the rear bumper, the tail of the upcoming electric SUV also follows the design of the new X1 very closely. There is a far more prominent rear bumper than the current model and the steeply raked rear roofline mimics that of the slightly sportier BMW X2.

New BMW iX1 performance and range

The BMW iX1 should use similar electric components to the larger iX3. That model produces 286hp and has up to 285 miles of range from its 80kWh battery pack.

Watch Mat’s BMW iX3 review

Charging for the iX3 ranges from a super-fast 150kW option (offering up to 60-miles or extra range in 10 minutes) to a home wall-box that’ll take around 12-hours to fully replenish an empty battery.

Because it’ll likely be smaller and lighter than that car, the iX1 could offer even more range than the iX3. The current X1 feels sportier to drive than most small SUVs, and you can expect the new iX1 to also be one of the best compact electric SUVs to drive.

New BMW iX1 interior

The new iX1’s interior will be inspired by the new 1 Series’, shown here

The new BMW iX1’s interior is likely to be based heavily on the existing 1 Series. It’ll have plenty of high-quality materials throughout and the latest iDrive system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system and the option of a fully digital driver display.

The electric BMW iX3 loses out on around 40 litres of boot space compared with the petrol- and diesel-powered X3 – you can expect the new iX1 electric car to also have a smaller boot than the standard X1.

New BMW iX1 price and release date

BMW hasn’t announced how much the new X1 or iX1 will cost, but it’s a safe bet that the new electric SUV will be significantly more expensive than the outgoing X1.

This means you’ll have to hand over at least a few thousand pounds more than the existing £40,580 plug-in hybrid X1 model to park an iX1 on your drive when it goes on sale in late 2022 or early 2023.

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