The all-new 2023 X1 is the third generation of the compact SUV from the Bavarian carmaker. The third-generation BMW X1 is only available in xDrive28i trim in the United States, although an all-electric variant is available in Europe. The iX1 is the brand's first all-wheel-drive electric car in the tiny sector, and it's the first of its kind. In addition to a fresh, sharper design and a screen-filled cabin, the X1 will lose its front-wheel-drive drivetrain, at least in the United States.
The zero-emissions X1 may be distinguished from the combustion-powered models by its significantly changed front fascia, which is currently only available in iX1 xDrive30 specification. The kidney grilles have blue highlights, and the lower half of the bumper has been redesigned.
The X1 resembles its X3 and X5 brothers in profile and from the front. In the back, a visibly protruding spoiler hangs over a short rear window, expanding the roofline.
The new X1's enlargement in all areas contributes to the enhanced interior space. It's 43 mm longer, with a length of 4,400 mm, 22.9 mm wider, with a width of 1844.04 mm, and 43 mm taller, with a height of 1,640 mm. The 2023 model has a wheelbase of 2692.4 mm, which is 22.9 mm longer than the previous model, with track widths of 1582.42 mm front and rear.
Blue Bay Lagoon, Cape York Green, Utah Orange, Space Silver, and BMW Individual Frozen Pure Grey are among the new colors.
A 10.25-inch instrument cluster and a central information display with a screen size of 10.7 inches make up BMW's curved display within the cabin.
There are numerous different cubbies in which objects can be stored. Four USB-C outlets, a 12V power socket in both the center console and the cargo area, and standard ambient lighting add to the convenience. BMW's Alexa-style assistant, augmented view maps, OTA updates, a digital key, and even an inside camera are among the tech highlights.
The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine in the 2023 X1 xDrive28i has been upgraded. Between 4,500 and 6,500 rpm, the engine now produces 241 horsepower, while torque has been raised to 400 Nm between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. The X1 can accelerate from 0 to 96 km/h in 6.2 seconds when equipped with a 7-speed DCT.
Power is sent to all four wheels, and the transmission has been tweaked to better match the geography of your path.
BMW claims that the standard front and rear axle components were intended to reduce torque steer. The anti-roll bar mounts have greater preload, and the rear suspension system has a three-link design.
Unlike the United States, where only a single 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder will be available, European customers will have a far wider range of engines to select from.
The X1 sDrive18i is the entry-level model, with a turbo 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine producing 136 horsepower and 230 Nm of torque.
The xDrive23i sits above it, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four pot with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology and rated at 204 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque. The xDrive18 has a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine that produces 150 hp and 360 Nm, while the xDrive23d has a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that adds mild-hybrid technology and produces 197 hp and 400 Nm. From November 2022, two petrol hybrids will be available.
The first is the xDrive25e, which has a 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder engine and a plug-in hybrid system with a combined output of 245 horsepower and 477 Nm.
The xDrive30e has the same basic plug-in hybrid powertrain as the xDrive20e, but with 326 horsepower and 477 Nm of torque.
The iX1 will be available exclusively in xDrive30 form, with a pair of electric motors delivering 313 horsepower and up to 494 Nm of torque. These figures enable the SUV to reach 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 180 km/h.
A 64.7 kWh battery pack is positioned flat within the SUV's floor to provide power to these motors. The iX1 xDrive30 has a combined electric usage of 17.3–18.4 kWh per 100 km, which translates to a range of 413–438 km.
The battery enables DC fast-charging at up to 130 kW, which means it can be charged from 10% to 80% in 29 minutes or added 120 kilometers of range in 10 minutes.
From October, the new BMW X1 will be available in Europe. Details on pricing have yet to be revealed. In the fourth quarter of this year, the 2023 BMW X1 xDrive28i will be available for purchase in the United States.
The starting price will be $38,600 plus a $995 destination fee.