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Instantly accessible driving pleasure and modern versatility mark out the character of the new BMW X1. With its more prominent design, commitment to electrification and progressive connectivity, the X1 leads the successful vehicle concept of a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) for the premium compact segment into a future shaped by sustainability and digitalisation. Significantly expanded standard specification, increased spaciousness and a premium ambience for the interior, the new control/operation system with BMW Operating System 8 and the BMW Curved Display, and a large selection of systems for automated driving and parking underscore the standout status of the new BMW X1 against its rivals.
When the original BMW X1 was launched in 2009, it opened up a new vehicle category in the premium segment. Since then, the compact SAV has served as an attractive entry model into the world of BMW X. With its robust character profile and functional versatility, the BMW X1 embodies an authentic experience of freedom and independence in day-to-day driving and on longer journeys. Its strong popularity is reflected in the total of around 1.9 million units sold so far in markets around the world.
Substantial boost for the accelerated ramp-up of electric mobility
In its third model generation, the BMW X1 also offers a gateway to BMW i-style electric mobility for a wide target audience. The BMW iX1 xDrive30 (electric power consumption, combined in the WLTP cycle: 18.4 - 17.3 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions: 0 g/km) due to go on sale immediately after the launch of the new model generation is the BMW Group's first premium compact model based on a flexible vehicle architecture to feature an all-electric drive system. The company's offering accelerates the ramp-up of electric mobility, which is one of its strategic points of focus. The BMW Group is aiming to have more than two million fully electric vehicles on the road by the end of 2025. Indeed, by 2030 every other vehicle sold by the BMW Group worldwide should have an all-electric drive system.
The market launch of the new BMW X1 will get underway in October 2022 with two petrol-engined variants and two diesels initially available.
Another petrol model and one more diesel will follow immediately afterwards, joined by the BMW iX1 xDrive30 and a pair of plug-in hybrid models.
All new BMW X1 models will be built at BMW Group Plant Regensburg, which also hosted production of the outgoing model generation - plug-in hybrid variant included. Models with combustion engines, plug-in hybrid systems and all-electric drive will now roll off a single assembly line here. This ensures the plant will be able to respond flexibly to changes in customer demand as and when they occur. The high-voltage batteries for the BMW iX1 xDrive30 will likewise be produced at Regensburg. The high-voltage batteries fitted in the plug-in hybrid models and all other elements of fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology will be manufactured at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, the company's centre of excellence for the production of e-drive components.
Preparations for the new model generation at BMW Group Plant Regensburg included putting in place new conveyor and assembly systems for the high-voltage batteries. In addition, internal logistics have been optimised using state-of-the-art digitalisation. In the bodyshop at Regensburg, the new model has been integrated into the manufacturing process during ongoing series production. And the plant's paintshop uses the Integrated Painting Process (IPP), which increases the efficiency of the coating application process for the body at the same time as reducing energy consumption.
Robust exterior, spacious interior
With its significantly sharper design and increased interior space, the new BMW X1 represents an immediately recognisable leap forward in development. As a result, the new edition underlines its status as a member of the BMW X model family more clearly than ever. Key ingredients here include a clean and reduced surface design and Xtypical black borders at the lower edge of the body which accentuate the vehicle's rugged character. Plus, the upright front end increases the visual presence of the new X1.
Moving inside, the new BMW X1 has five full-size seats and its loadcarrying capacity can be utilised in a wide variety of ways. The driver and front passenger benefit in particular from the noticeable increase in shoulder and elbow room. The rear seat backrests can fold down in a 40 : 20 : 40 split as standard, and their angle can also be adjusted as an option to further increase seating comfort. Added to which, the purely combustion-engined models can be specified as an option with a rear seat bench that slides fore and aft, allowing either legroom for the rear seats or the amount of boot space to be increased. With all the seats in use, the new BMW X1 has a load capacity of 540 litres, 35 litres more than its predecessor. This can be expanded to a maximum 1,600 litres (+50 litres).
The new BMW X1 has grown in its exterior dimensions compared to its predecessor - by 53 millimetres in length to 4,500 millimetres, 24 millimetres in width to 1,845 millimetres and 44 millimetres in height to 1,642 millimetres, giving it powerful proportions. The new car has a wheelbase of 2,692 millimetres, 22 millimetres longer than that of its predecessor. Track widths have increased by 31 millimetres to 1,592 millimetres at the front axle and 1,593 millimetres at the rear axle, which enhances the handling composure and agility of the new BMW X1.
BMW Efficient Dynamics: Holistic concept for sustainability
Back in 2007, the BMW Group introduced a concept that remains unique in the automotive industry to this day. The Efficient Dynamics package of technology combined the unstinting reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions with a commitment to increasing driving pleasure. Under BMW Efficient Dynamics, every aspect of vehicle development without exception is assessed by how it could help to optimise sustainability. As well as the powertrain, this applied primarily to energy management, aerodynamics and weight reduction through intelligent lightweight design.
These efficiency measures add to the appeal of the model range in terms of cost effectiveness and driving pleasure, giving BMW models a particularly future-focused premium character which sets them apart clearly from their rivals.
Intelligent lightweight design enhances agility and efficiency
The weight-optimised construction of the body and the chassis components helps to give the new BMW X1 its agility and efficiency. An intelligent mix of materials succeeds in minimising vehicle weight while also enhancing the body's rigidity and crash safety. The hot-stamped steels and aluminium alloys used for the safety passenger cell are supplemented by multi-phase steels for extra reinforcement. In the front end of the BMW iX1 and plug-in hybrid models, an additional shear panel and a stiff connection with the high-voltage battery's housing, which is designed as a load-bearing component, increase body rigidity. In addition, the all-electric model has a special driving dynamics strut, which connects the individual spring strut towers with one another. The increase in torsional rigidity achieved in this way enhances directional stability and sharpens turn-in response through corners.
Making the bonnet from aluminium cuts weight at the front end of the car, which gives handling agility another boost. Meanwhile, lightweight plastic supports for the front and rear doors bring further weight savings. Lightweight forged wheels (not fitted on all model variants) help reduce unsprung mass. And the use of steel components with a zinc/magnesium coating optimises corrosion protection.
Integrated overall concept maximises occupant protection
A comprehensive passive safety concept maximises occupant protection in an extremely wide range of collisions and factors in the requirements of crash testing procedures in the markets where the new BMW X1 will be offered. Besides the extremely rigid passenger cell and highly resilient load-bearing structures, it also includes integrated safety electronics which deploy the restraint systems in the right sequence, at the optimum moment and with the required effect for the specific collision type and severity.
The car is fitted with three-point inertial-reel seat belts for all seats, plus front, side and head airbags. An interaction airbag is deployed between the driver and front passenger in the event of a side-on impact, boosting occupant protection. And the new BMW X1 also comes as standard with an active bonnet to improve pedestrian protection. Pyrotechnic actuators raise the bonnet if the vehicle collides with a pedestrian, creating more deformation space between the bonnet and the hard underlying structures. Strengthened cross members for the front and rear bumper, plus a structure-optimised casing protect the high-voltage batteries of the BMW iX1 and plug-in hybrid models from the forces exerted in a collision. Energy-absorbing outer longitudinal profiles and the housing's particularly stiff cross struts keep the collision forces away from the battery cells. The safety of the high-voltage components has been extensively demonstrated over the course of extensive crash testing and simulations. The safety standards set out here by the BMW Group go well beyond the legal requirements. The safety concept also includes a sensor system for crash detection, which triggers a shutdown of the high-voltage system. In addition, pyrotechnic separators decouple the high-voltage battery from the on-board power supply.
The body concept of the new BMW X1 also includes targeted optimisation measures for its aerodynamics which enhance both driving dynamics and efficiency. The electric power consumption and range of the BMW iX1 benefit from the lower drag generated by the all-electric model's closed-off BMW kidney grille. All other X1 variants have an active air flap control system for the kidney grille and lower intake in the front apron, which adapts its responses to the need for cooling air and the ambient temperatures. Closing the air flaps not only improves aerodynamics, it also enables faster warm-up for the combustion engine after a cold start and extended storage of heat when the engine is switched off.
Added to which, the flow of air around the car is guided judiciously by air curtains in the outer sections of the front apron, flush-fitting door handles, aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors and light-alloy wheels, a combination of a roof spoiler and side air deflectors around the rear window, a large-surface diffuser in the lower section of the rear apron and a virtually fully sealed underbody with precisely defined air guides and exhaust tailpipes integrated out of sight. Like the all-electric BMW iX1, the new-generation plug-in hybrid models accommodate their high-voltage battery in the car's underbody, with the battery's smooth sealing having a positive effect on drag. Together, these features bring the car's drag coefficient (Cd) down as far as 0.26, depending on the model variant. The new BMW X1 sets new standards for aerodynamics in its segment.
Also reduced is the wind noise created by the body and add-on parts. An optimised sealing concept for the body around the doors and tailgate, plus the newly designed exterior mirrors increase acoustic comfort over the predecessor model. The use of acoustically optimised tyres reduces noise from this source. Added to which, an improved engine and transmission mounting improves isolation from vibrations, which likewise enhances driving comfort. Starting the engine and turning it off also generates significantly lower vibrations in the new BMW X1.
A model-specific mounting and optimised encapsulation for the electric motor, power electronics and transmission - which are arranged in a single housing - increase the acoustic comfort of the BMW iX1 and the plug-in hybrid models. The purely electrically driven and plug-in hybrid models also have a soundproofed and double-decoupled refrigerant compressor.
Emotionally rich sound experience with BMW IconicSounds Electric
The locally emission-free mobility enabled by the BMW iX1 and the plugin hybrid models gains an even greater level of appeal with the addition of brand-typical drive sound effects. Here, BMW IconicSounds Electric treats customers to soundscapes developed as part of a collaboration between the BMW Group and two-time Academy Award-winning film score composer Hans Zimmer. If desired, an emotionally rich drive sound developing a strikingly transparent timbre with spherical components delivers authentic feedback to every movement of the accelerator. The character of the sound alters according to the vehicle setting chosen with the My Modes button. A likewise brand-typical drive sound emitted externally at low speeds helps to protect pedestrians acoustically by making them aware that the car is approaching.
A model-specific sound experience is also available inside the new BMW X1 xDrive23i. Its drive note is transmitted into the interior via the speaker system in a form and fashion that reflects the driving situation and the driving mode selected, optimising acoustic feedback to the driver.
The surface treatment, lines and classy exterior design details signal the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) identity of the BMW X1 more clearly than ever in its third model generation. The compact member of the BMW X model family now exudes increased physical presence, while the clean and reduced design language reflects a richly evolved character defined by extra on-board space, a modern premium ambience, sustainability and digitalisation. The exterior design of the new X1 sends out a clear message: here you will find off-the-cuff driving pleasure, modern lifestyle and the established SAV recipe of everyday versatility combined with the ability to take rough terrain confidently in its stride.
As an alternative to base specification, customers can also opt for the xLine or M Sport model. The BMW iX1 flags up the presence of sustainable drive technology on board with standard model-specific accents in BMW i Blue.
Signature X design features exude robust character
The distinctive design features of a BMW X model are reproduced in the exterior of the compact SAV in a model-specific form. Powerful proportions and a monolithic surface design give the car a robust appearance. The almost square wheel arch contours of the outgoing BMW X1 are clearer still on the new model, their shaping traced by precisely drawn lines in the metalwork. The larger-diameter wheels likewise emphasise the muscular stance of the new BMW X1. Black bordering around the wheel arches and other sections of the body's lower edge accentuates the car's high ground clearance, and powerfully sculpted surfaces above the front wheels reinforce its brawny and robust appearance.
Familiar X design features can also be found at the front end and the rear of the new model. For example, X-style lines radiate out to the sides from the large BMW kidney grille. The rear lights provide a particularly progressive interpretation of the L shape typically sported by BMW X models.
Upright front end increases the car's physical presence
The upright front end of the new BMW X1 gives it significant visual presence. At the centre of the front end stands the large, almost square BMW kidney grille, its contouring highlighted by the three-dimensional chrome surround. The mighty kidney grille bars are finished in Black high-gloss as standard. In the outer areas of the lower air intake, large chrome strips accentuate the classy design of the front end. Flared wheel arches emphasise the width of the new BMW X1, while the precise lines and the clean, monolithic surfaces of the front apron underscore its modern character and robust stance.
The slim headlights extend well into the sides of the car. The new BMW X1 comes as standard with LED headlights for low and high beam. A fresh interpretation of the distinctive light graphic splits the headlights into three units for the low beam, high beam and daytime driving lights. Positioned to the outside, the daytime driving light units also include the turn indicators. Chrome detailing in the customary L shape emphasises the concentrated expression of the headlight units familiar from other BMW models.
Adaptive LED Headlights with striking light effects
The Adaptive LED Headlights available as an option also include the cornering light function, non-dazzling matrix high beam, urban lights, a motorway beam pattern and bad weather light. At speeds above 70 km/h (43 mph), high beam automatically adjusts to the road situation at hand. To this end, the relevant LED unit is split into 12 segments which can be activated and deactivated independently of one another. This matrix function allows dazzling of other road users to be avoided. The urban light distribution function of low beam optimises illumination of the road edges, and the motorway beam pattern increases the range of the lights. The bad weather light adapts the low-beam light distribution specially to deal with poor visibility, taking on the task previously carried out by the front fog lights. This also paves the way for generously proportioned surfacing around the front apron.
On cars specified with the Adaptive LED Headlights, the turn indicators optimise the car's visibility on the road with their pulsating light signals. Also included with this option is an eye-catching Welcome and Goodbye show produced by the headlights and rear lights when the driver approaches the car or when the doors have just been locked.
Dynamically stretched silhouette, powerful rear section
The vertically designed front end also enhances the visual presence of the BMW X1 when viewed from the side. Crisply sculpted surfaces for the wheel arches, doors and shoulders of the body generate an expressive interplay of light and shadow. A dynamically rising character line connects the front and rear wheel arch borders. The long roofline flows into a spoiler extending a long way out to the rear. Together with the shoulderline above the flush door openers, which extends from the front wheel arches into the rear lights, this gives the silhouette a dynamically stretched feel. Shallow roof rails in Satin Aluminium or Black high-gloss are available as an option for the new BMW X1.
At the rear of the new BMW X1, sculptural surfaces exude power and solidity. Horizontal lines, the narrow rear window and flared wheel arches emphasise the width of the body. Chrome side details and a prominent underride protection element in the rear apron reprise styling cues from the front end. All the functions of the rear lights work using LED technology as standard. The homogeneous light from the rear units appears to shine directly out of the glass covers. If the Adaptive LED Headlights are specified, the rear lights also illuminate in an extremely striking "L" shape. These optional rear lights are also recognisable from the distinctive patterning in the sections extending into the sides of the body.
Robust looks and an air of sophistication: the xLine model
As an alternative to base specification, the new BMW X1 can also be ordered in xLine or M Sport form. The specific design elements of xLine underline the robust yet also sophisticated character of the compact SAV with features including exclusive light-alloy wheels in 18-inch format, dark grey body edging, BMW Individual Exterior Line Satin Aluminium and exterior mirror caps in Glacier Silver.
The surrounds for the BMW kidney grille and kidney grille bar fronts on the xLine model are finished in in Pearl-effect Chrome, as are the side trim pieces and stylistic underride protection at the front and rear aprons. xLine specification also includes aluminium door sill cover strips, seat surfaces in Sensatec perforated, illuminated interior trim strips in Black high-gloss and Sensatec surfaces for the door shoulders and upper section of the instrument panel.
Sharpening the dynamic edge: the M Sport model
Large cooling air inlets in the sides of the front end and a striking rear apron with integral diffuser element mark out the dynamic aura of the M Sport model. In this specification, the new BMW X1 also gains exclusive 18-inch M light-alloy wheels, adaptive M suspension and M High-gloss Shadowline trim. The M-specific interior appointments include sport seats, an anthracite-coloured headliner and an M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles.
Large selection of exterior colour shades and light-alloy wheels
Customers can choose from two solid and ten metallic paint finishes for the new BMW X1. And the new model generation can now also be ordered with a Frozen paint option with shimmering matt surface from BMW Individual, not to mention a wide variety of BMW Individual special paint finishes.
All variants of the new BMW X1 come as standard with 17-inch lightalloy wheels. 18-inch light-alloy wheels are fitted on xLine and M Sport cars, although these models can also be specified with 19-inch or - in a first for the BMW X1 - 20-inch wheels.
Interior and equipment
The changing of the guard between the outgoing generation of the BMW X1 and the new model brings advances for the interior including extra space for those on board and their luggage, enhanced practicality and, most prominently, a fundamental upgrade of the display and control/operation system. The new BMW iDrive vehicle experience based on BMW Operating System 8 represents a reimagining of the drivercentred cockpit design to focus on touch and voice control - via the BMW Curved Display and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. The broadbased implementation of digitalisation enables the number of physical buttons, controls and switches required for intuitive operation to be significantly reduced. At the same time, the innovative style of the interior design brings a progressive flavour to the modern premium ambience, in which high-quality materials and precision workmanship also play a defining role.
A much broader selection of standard equipment than was offered by its predecessor and sophisticated options, some of which were only previously available in higher vehicle segments, also shine a spotlight on the thoroughly developed character of the new BMW X1. Standard specification includes a navigation system, two-zone automatic climate control, a raft of modern driver assistance systems, Park Assist including Reversing Assist Camera and numerous other innovative digital services which enhance both comfort and the driving pleasure for which BMW is renowned. The new BMW X1 is also available with the newly created equipment packages xLine and M Sport, which enable targeted individualisation of the car.
A generous feeling of space, widespread application of digitalisation
The raised seating position, generous amounts of space which can be utilised in a variety of ways, and a sense of cutting-edge functionality mark out the driving experience in the new BMW X1. The design of its interior focuses squarely on assured driving pleasure and versatility. The geometry of the interior and a large number of details take their cues from the interior concept of the BMW iX. Key features of this reinterpretation include the slender instrument panel, which serves as a stage for the BMW Curved Display, and a "floating" armrest with integral control panel.
The BMW Curved Display - with its frameless glass surface angled slightly towards the driver - brings a high-class, modern highlight to the cabin. It is framed by exceptionally solid-looking trim pieces which extend out to the doors as a border for the cockpit area. Below it, the slim instrument panel accentuates the width of the interior with its generously sized and horizontal decorative surfacing. Five interior trim strip variants, including the new open-pore fine eucalyptus wood and Aluminium Hexacube for the M Sport model, allow owners to individualise the design. Slim air vents ensure an extremely even distribution of fresh air around the interior. The side air vents are integrated into the A-pillars. The door trim elements with their sculptural shoulders and intricate door openers stand out with their clear and function-led design.
In the front section of the centre console, directly below the central air vent, is space for two cup holders and a smartphone tray with indirect illumination on both sides. Secured by a movable clasp, phones can be placed here upright and visible to the driver and front passenger, and charged wirelessly.
The space underneath the armrest is used as a storage compartment. Alongside the gear selector lever (which has a new, reduced design) in the integral control panel are exquisitely embedded buttons for using vehicle functions. These include the Start/Stop button, the volume control for the audio system and the button for the hazard lights. Among the other functions activated using the relevant buttons on the control panel are the parking brake, My Modes and Park Assist.
Newly developed seats offer even better comfort
The newly developed seats in the compact SAV offer classy looks, optimised comfort over long distances and extended functionality. This applies to both the standard items and the optional sport seats, which also stand out with their prominent bolsters and shoulder areas, and their adjustability of seat angle and depth. Seat heating can be specified as an option, as can electric adjustment (including memory function) for the fore-and-aft position, height, and cushion/backrest angle for both the standard seats and sport seats. The two seat variants are also available with lumbar support in the backrest including massage function.
Available as alternatives to the standard anthracite-coloured cloth upholstery are the Sensatec perforated variant and Vernasca leather with attractive quilting. Customers can choose from the colours Black, Mocha and Oyster for each variant. The Sensatec surfaces are also available in bi-colour Red/Black. The M Sport package brings Sensatec/Alcantara sport seats in black with blue contrast stitching or - as an option - Vernasca leather with special diamond quilting.
The rear compartment of the new BMW X1 includes three full-sized seats with noticeably greater seat comfort than that offered by the predecessor model. ISOFIX child safety seat fasteners are integrated into the outer seats, and the 40 : 20 : 40 split rear seat backrests can be folded down to expand the boot capacity. The backrest angle of the three seat elements can be adjusted separately and through several stages, allowing either seating comfort or boot capacity to be increased. The fore-and-aft adjustment of the rear seat bench available as an option for the purely combustion-engined models provides even greater versatility. The individual sections of the 60 : 40 rear seat bench can slide forward or back through up to 13 centimetres either separately or together.
This allows the boot capacity of the new BMW X1 to be expanded from 540 litres to as much as 1,600 litres, as required. The all-electric BMW iX1 and plug-in hybrid models offer load capacity of 490 - 1,495 litres. A trailer tow hitch can also be ordered as an option for the new BMW X1, and this is now operated electrically at the touch of a button. The maximum permitted trailer load is as much as 2,000 kilograms, depending on the model variant (BMW iX1: 1,200 kilograms - provisional value).
Two-zone automatic climate control and navigation system as standard
Two-zone automatic climate control comes as standard in the new BMW X1, as does the rain sensor with automatic headlight activation. This system enables separate adjustment of the desired temperature on the driver's and front passenger side of the car. It is operated using voice control or by touch from the control display. Depending on the car's specification, the intelligent system can also incorporate the seat and steering wheel heating into the temperature control process. The automatic climate control system in the BMW iX1 works using extremely efficient heat pump technology. The all-electric model also comes as standard with an auxiliary climate control system to heat or cool the interior before a journey.
A Bluetooth interface, four USB-C ports and a 12V power socket in both the centre console and the boot all come as standard in all variants of the new BMW X1. The likewise standard BMW Live Cockpit Plus includes the cloud-based navigation system BMW Maps and an audio system with six speakers and amplifier output of 100 watts. The optional Harman Kardon Sound System raises the number of speakers to 12 and the amplifier output to 205 watts. Its tweeters are integrated into the door trim under high-quality stainless steel covers.
Premium ambience with room for extensive individualisation
The latest version of the standard Sport leather steering wheel has extremely high-quality accent trim in Pearl-effect Chrome, large thumb rests and multifunction buttons. If the M Sport package is specified, the new BMW X1 will offer drivers an M leather steering wheel with arresting three-spoke design and shift paddles. Steering wheel heating is available as an option for both items.
The surfaces of the instrument panel and front door shoulders can be specified as an option in Sensatec with eye-catching contrast stitching. Also available as an option is a mirror package, which adds light projections from the exterior mirrors, an electric folding function for the exterior mirrors and an automatic dimming function for the interior mirror and the exterior mirror on the driver's side.
The standard interior lighting incorporates the footwells, the door openers and the storage compartments in the centre console, plus reading lights, the ambient light from the headliner and the door courtesy lights. The optional ambient lighting provides richly atmospheric interior illumination. The lighting's distribution, brightness and colour scheme can be configured in the iDrive menu. And this option also includes the Dynamic interior light function, whose pulsating light signals indicate an incoming phone call or an open door when the engine is running.
With a glass surface measuring around one square metre, the optional panoramic glass sunroof offers an array of possibilities when it comes to flooding the interior of the new BMW X1 with light and fresh air. The roller blind cover for the glass roof now has a multi-layer design and, like the glass panel itself, is electrically operated.
Drive system and charging technology
The new BMW X1 offers a full spectrum of drive systems underpinned by cutting-edge power unit technology and a firm commitment to electrification. The petrol and diesel engines are all members of the BMW Group's new modular generation of Efficient Dynamics engines, with the latest (second-generation) 48V mild hybrid technology ensuring highly responsive power delivery and increased efficiency. Meanwhile, locally emission-free driving pleasure is provided by the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology fitted in both the all-electric BMW iX1 and the plug-in hybrid variants of the compact Sports Activity Vehicle.
The new BMW X1 will be launched with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, whose drive power will be relayed via a seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch as standard. From there it will be channelled to the road via either the front wheels or the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheeldrive system that comes as standard on the most powerful petrol and diesel models.
The BMW iX1: pure-electric driving pleasure in a compact SAV
An all-electric variant will be added to the new BMW X1 line-up immediately after launch. The BMW iX1 xDrive30 is the first all-wheeldrive electric car introduced by the brand in the premium compact segment. It represents the latest instalment in the BMW Group's ongoing all-electric model offensive and brings the appeal of locally emission-free driving pleasure to a wide target audience.
The BMW iX1 xDrive30 is powered by one electric motor at the front axle and another at the rear, each sitting together with the accompanying power electronics and transmission within a single, very compact housing. These highly integrated drive units deliver a combined output of 230 kW/313 hp (including temporary boost) and post overall torque of 494 Nm (364 lb-ft). The power-to-weight ratio of both the eDrive 5.0 M170SF drive unit at the front axe and the eDrive 5.0 M170SR drive unit at the rear is 1.5 kW/kg. This creates an electric all-wheel-drive system in which the precisely orchestrated interaction between the two motors produces alluringly instantaneous acceleration combined with supreme traction and directional stability.
The BMW iX1 xDrive30 reaches the 100 km/h (62 mph) mark from rest in 5.7 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph).
The fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology also comprises the car's charging technology and the high-voltage battery positioned flat within the vehicle's underbody, which provides 64.7 kWh of usable energy. The battery's high energy density of 152 Wh/kg in relation to its weight or 199 Wh/l in relation to its volume, and the drive system's excellent efficiency, with combined electric power consumption in the WLTP cycle of 18.4 - 17.3 kWh per 100 kilometres, form the basis for a range of 413 - 438 kilometres (257 - 272 miles).
The Combined Charging Unit in the BMW iX1 xDrive30 enables singleand three-phase AC charging at a rate of up to 11 kW, which can be optionally increased to up to 22 kW (three-phase AC). This allows the high-voltage battery to be fully recharged from empty in 6.5 hours as standard and in just 3 hours 45 minutes as an option. DC power can be taken on board at a rate of up to 130 kW, making it possible to boost the high-voltage battery's energy reserves from 10 to 80 per cent of total capacity in the space of 29 minutes. Within this charge level range, enough energy can be sourced from a high-power-charging point in just ten minutes to increase range by 120 kilometres / 75 miles.
Combined Charging Unit and improved charging software
The Combined Charging Unit in the BMW iX1 brings together the functions of the voltage transformer, charging electronics and power distribution, plus the management systems for the drive, high-voltage and charging functions, into a single package. The highly integrated control unit keeps the electric drive system fed with an extremely effective, precision-controlled supply of energy, while also ensuring the high-voltage battery is charged quickly and efficiently. As in the BMW i7, the charging software has benefitted from further refinement. Once the high-voltage battery reaches a higher charge level, the new charging process aims to ensure the charging rate drops smoothly instead of following the previous "stepped" curve. This produces a more rounded charging curve overall, resulting in even shorter charging times. So following an initial, temperature-dependent phase of constant power supply, the new process now controls charging based on a continuous nominal voltage curve that makes allowance for the variables of temperature, recharged capacity and the charge level at start of charging.
An optimised cooling strategy for DC charging further improves the durability of the high-voltage battery. Alternating phases of full and partial cooling power are used when charging the BMW iX1 to avoid excessive cooling of the battery during fast charging. This prevents cell temperatures from dropping too low while fast charging is in progress, particularly at higher charge levels, thereby opening up potential for short charging times and reduced ageing of the high-voltage battery's cells. It is also possible to store customised charging settings for multiple individual charging points. These settings will then be automatically restored the next time the car returns to a memorised charging point. In addition, preheating of the high-voltage battery can also now be started manually in the BMW iX1 when approaching a DC charging station without the navigation system's route guidance function activated.
Efficiency through electrification: 48V mild hybrid technology
Electrification also helps to increase the efficiency of the combustion engines in the new BMW X1 xDrive23i and BMW X1 xDrive23d, at the same time as playing a role in their extremely sporty power delivery. Their second-generation 48V mild hybrid technology comprises an electric motor integrated into the seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch, which acts as a starter generator and is able to both ease the load on the engine and act in unison with it. It produces nominal power of 14 kW/19 hp and nominal torque of 55 Nm (41 lb-ft). Depending on the driving situation, the electric motor delivers additional drive power that translates into exceptionally rapid response to the slightest movement of the accelerator, both when pulling away and when putting in a sudden burst of speed. The powerful starter generator also enables more comfortable operation of the Automatic Start/Stop and coasting functions.
Adaptive recuperation with intelligent control
The energy required for providing the electric power boost is stored in a 48V battery located under the luggage compartment. As well as the electric motor, it also supplies the car's 12V electrical system via a voltage transformer. The 48V battery is charged by means of adaptive recuperation in overrun and braking phases at a rate of up to 15 kW. This provides an efficient means of recuperating previously unused kinetic energy generated by braking. Here, the system uses data from the navigation system - even when route guidance is not activated - and driver assistance system sensors. In this way, upcoming roundabouts or vehicles travelling in front, for example, can be detected in order to adapt deceleration accordingly as soon as the driver takes their foot off the accelerator.
The drive system of the fully electric BMW iX1 can also use adaptive recuperation geared to the driving situation and route profile at hand to recover kinetic energy during a journey and feed it into the high-voltage battery. The maximal recuperation power attainable in driving mode B through use of the accelerator alone is 60 kW. Recuperation power of up to 120 kW can be generated via the brake pedal regardless of the driving model selected.
Petrol engines with greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions
The BMW X1 sDrive18i and BMW X1 xDrive23i are powered by petrol engines with three and four cylinders from the BMW Group Efficient Dynamics engine family's new modular generation. The array of innovations that enhance their efficiency and emissions performance, in particular, include the Miller cycle (which shortens the opening time of the intake valves), redesigned intake ports and combustion chambers, and an ignition system featuring an active coil with integrated electronics. Mixture preparation is optimised using a new dual injection system. In addition to the existing high-pressure injection system, some of the fuel is now injected into the combustion chambers via a lowpressure system. At the same time, the effectiveness of the turbocharging system and intercooler has also been increased.
The 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit and 48V mild hybrid technology in the new BMW X1 xDrive23i give it a maximum output of 160 kW/218 hp (developed by the combination of the combustion engine with up to 150 kW/204 hp at 5,000 - 6,500 rpm and the integrated electric motor with up to 14 kW/19 hp) and peak torque of 360 Nm/265 lb-ft (developed by the combination of the combustion engine with up to 320 Nm/236 lb-ft at 1,500 - 4,000 rpm and the integrated electric motor with up to 55 Nm/41 lb-ft). This results in a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 7.1 seconds. This spirited power delivery does not come at the expense of efficiency, with combined fuel consumption of 7.2 - 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres (39.2 - 43.5 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 162 - 146 grams per kilometre in the WLTP cycle.
The upgraded three-cylinder engine in the new BMW X1 sDrive18i, meanwhile, extracts maximum output of 100 kW/136 hp and maximum torque of 230 Nm/170 lb-ft from its 1.5-litre capacity. This enables the car to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.2 seconds. The combined fuel consumption and CO2 emissions figures as measured in the WLTP test cycle come in at 7.0 - 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres (40.4 - 44.9 mpg imp) and 158 - 143 grams per kilometre.
Diesel engines with further improvements to efficiency
The 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel units fitted in the new BMW X1 xDrive23d and BMW X1 sDrive18d have also undergone an extensive upgrade, and now feature low-friction pistons made from tempered steel, a graphite coating for the piston skirts and an active oil separator with map-regulated electric drive. In an effort to further cut fuel consumption and emissions, improvements have also been made to the efficiency of the two-stage turbocharging and to the common-rail injection and exhaust gas recirculation systems.
Combining these advances with 48V mild hybrid technology allows the new BMW X1 xDrive23d to deliver maximum output of 155 kW/211 hp (developed by the combination of the combustion engine with up to 145 kW/197 hp at 4,000 rpm and the integrated electric motor with up to 14 kW/19 hp) together with peak torque of 400 Nm/295 lb-ft (developed by the combination of the combustion engine with up to 400 Nm/295 lb-ft at 1,500 - 2,750 rpm and the integrated electric motor with up to 55 Nm/41 lb-ft). The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes 7.4 seconds. The car's superior efficiency is reflected in combined fuel consumption and CO2 figures of 5.4 - 4.8 litres per 100 kilometres (52.3 - 58.9 mpg imp) and 142 - 125 grams per kilometre in the WLTP cycle.
Thanks to the new version of the 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine developing maximum output of 110 kW/150 hp and peak torque of 360 Nm/265 lb-ft, the BMW X1 sDrive18d reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standstill in 8.9 seconds. At the same time, it posts combined fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of 5.5 - 4.9 litres per 100 kilometres (51.4 - 57.7 mpg imp) and 145 - 129 grams per kilometre, as measured in the WLTP test cycle.
Standard: seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch
All the petrol and diesel engines available for the new BMW X1 are mated to a seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch as standard. The latest generation of the automatic transmission stands out with its fully electric actuation, widened gear ratio spread and greater internal efficiency, while also tailoring the shift strategy to the route topography and enabling the coasting function to now be used in all My Modes with the exception of Sport Mode in the transmission position S. Integrating the electric motor into the transmission on models with 48V mild hybrid technology allows its extra power to be made available exceptionally quickly and also ensures high levels of efficiency-boosting energy recuperation.
The seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch forms the basis for remarkably fast, harmonious gear changes that are also executed very smoothly. It combines two sub-transmissions within a single housing, enabling it to pre-select the next gear prior to each gear change. And the transmission automatically shifts into P when the engine is switched off. If the car is parked on a slope, this is detected using a sensor and the electric parking brake is automatically applied.
Optionally, gearshift paddles on the steering wheel enable extremely rapid manual gear changes. In M Sport examples of the new BMW X1, the four-cylinder engines link up with a version of the seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch which has particularly dynamic shift characteristics and can likewise be operated using shift paddles on the steering wheel. In addition, M Sport specification includes the Sport Boost function for all new BMW X1 models. When the driver pulls the left-hand shift paddle for at least a second, all the powertrain and chassis settings are primed to maximise their sporting responses.
Two plug-in hybrid models due to join the range
Two plug-in hybrids will be added to the new BMW X1 model line-up immediately after launch. Their electric drive components are also the product of fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology, which means significant advances over the preceding generation in terms of sporting prowess, efficiency, electric range and charging capacity. The BMW X1 xDrive30e (fuel consumption combined: 1.1 - 0.8 l/100 km [256.8 - 353.1 mpg imp]; electric power consumption combined: 18.2 - 16.4 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 24 - 17 g/km in WLTP cycle) and BMW X1 xDrive25e (fuel consumption combined: 1.1 - 0.8 l/100 km [256.8 - 353.1 mpg imp]; electric power consumption combined: 18.2 - 16.4 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 24 - 17 g/km in WLTP cycle) both feature a highly integrated electric drive unit powering the rear wheels, combined with a three-cylinder petrol engine that drives the front wheels via the seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch.
Maximum output is 240 kW/326 hp in the BMW X1 xDrive30e (developed by the combination of the combustion engine with up to 110 kW/150 hp and the electric motor with up to 130 kW/177 hp) and 180 kW/245 hp in the BMW X1 xDrive25e (developed by the combination of the combustion engine with up to 100 kW/136 hp and the electric motor with up to 80 kW/109 hp). Now positioned flat in the vehicle floor, the fifth-generation lithium-ion high-voltage batteries have an increased usable energy content of 14.2 kWh. At the same time, maximum charging capacity has climbed from 3.7 kW on the outgoing model to 7.4 kW, enabling the high-voltage battery to be fully recharged from empty in 2.5 hours. When hooked up to a conventional domestic power socket, a full vehicle charge is completed within eight hours. Electric range is now up to 78 - 89 kilometres (48 - 55 miles) in the WLTP cycle.
Increasing electric range by means of adaptive recuperation
As in cars with 48V mild hybrid technology and the BMW iX1, the adaptive recuperation function also enhances the efficiency of the plugin hybrid models. In order to recover kinetic energy as extensively as possible on the overrun and under braking, the route profile is factored in using data from the navigation system and driver assistance system sensors.
As soon as the driver lifts off the accelerator, up to 50 kW of electric energy can be fed back into the high-voltage battery. The recuperation power of the plug-in hybrid models under braking is up to 80 kW. The degree of recuperation is determined by the My Modes selected. Adaptive recuperation is activated in Personal Mode and Efficient Mode. In Sport Mode, recuperation remains constant along a fixed curve.
BMW xDrive: assured power transfer for all types of drive system
The BMW xDrive system intelligently controls the distribution of power to all four wheels to maximise traction, agility and directional stability in all weather and road conditions, irrespective of the drive system at hand. The two electric motors acting on the front and rear axles in the BMW iX1 xDrive30 create an electric all-wheel-drive system. Interaction between the two motors is enhanced by a unique drive torque control system integrated into the Combined Charging Unit, which is interlinked with the DSC and the AWD-specific version of the near-actuator wheel slip limitation function. This allows the drive power requested by the driver to be split between the two motors to ensure exactly the right levels of traction and directional stability, dynamic performance and efficiency for the situation at hand. The control speed of BMW traction control is 10 times faster than other systems on the market. The driver perceives the control process as significantly more comfortable.
In many driving situations, traction, directional stability and dynamism can be increased simply by altering the distribution of power between the front and rear motor, without the need for any further intervention. When pulling away and accelerating, for example, the requested drive power is provided by both motors for optimum traction. If the accelerator is pressed with moderate pressure, an increasing proportion of the power will come from the front drive unit as the pace picks up - in order to optimise efficiency and increase range - until the vehicle is travelling at a steady speed and being driven purely via the front wheels. Thanks to the innovative drive torque control system, the rear motor will instantly cut in again in response to a sudden request for power or the need for optimised traction or directional stability, as registered through the interplay with the DSC system. When taking corners at speed, for example, the proportion of rear-wheel drive is increased, reducing the drive power transmitted through the front wheels and thereby allowing them to absorb higher cornering forces.
In the plug-in hybrid models, meanwhile, the data obtained by the DSC system on wheel speed, steering angle, road speed, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, and vehicle yaw rate again provides the basis for precisely controlling the combined effect of the combustion engine and electric motor. As a result, their hybrid-specific version of the BMW xDrive system is also capable of delivering exhilarating propulsive power in any driving situation. The all-wheel drive in the BMW X1 xDrive23i and BMW X1 xDrive23d models is likewise linked with the chassis control systems at all times. Here, a power take-off bevel gear on the front axle, a dual-section propeller shaft and a rear axle differential with an electrohydraulically controlled hang-on clutch are used to efficiently split drive torque between the front and rear wheels as the situation demands. In driving situations that do not require all-wheel drive, the engine's power is sent to the front wheels only. In adverse road conditions or highly dynamic driving situations, the hangon clutch shifts drive power to the rear wheels in fractions of a second, in order to significantly enhance traction, directional stability and the sporting ability for which BMW is renowned.
Chassis technology and driving experience
The powertrain and chassis technology on board the new BMW X1 gives it all the tools it needs to put driving pleasure at the customer's fingertips and provide a standout all-round ownership proposition. With its sporty, agile handling in everyday use, ability to make unruffled progress over rough terrain and compelling long-distance comfort, the compact Sports Activity Vehicle delivers a sweetly balanced, well-resolved driving experience in any situation.
Featuring a body construction that reduces weight while increasing rigidity, as well as a substantial increase in wheelbase length and track width compared with its predecessor, the car's basic design provides the ideal blueprint for the job at hand. In the development of the axles, steering, springs and dampers, and the integrated application of all the powertrain and chassis systems, the engineers took particular care to ensure all model variants of the new BMW X1 offer the handling characteristics for which the brand is renowned. Irrespective of the drive system fitted and the resulting weight distribution, they all boast incredibly sporty handling for their class at the same time as offering precise controllability, even in demanding driving situations. All models are equipped as standard with near-actuator wheel slip limitation for enhanced traction and directional stability. And other new features include the integrated braking system and the frequency-selective damping for the optional adaptive M suspension.
Newly developed componentry for front and rear axle
The new BMW X1 has adopted its predecessor's design principle for the front and rear axle. However, all components of the single-joint spring strut axle at the front have been developed almost completely from scratch. The new axle kinematics and increased rigidity help to give the car agile turn-in response and steering feel that is largely unaffected by torque steer. The supports for the hydromounts are now made from aluminium, shaving around three kilograms off the vehicle's weight. Following readjustment of the steering axle, the caster offset has been increased by some 15 per cent over the predecessor model, which has a positive effect on both steering feedback and straight-line stability.
The modular three-link rear axle fitted on all model variants also has the ideal ingredients for sporty handling. Featuring a bespoke design with remarkably high rigidity, it is partnered by a rear-axle subframe with a rigid mounting and promises precise wheel guidance even under high lateral acceleration. The springs and dampers take up less space thanks to their separate arrangement, freeing up additional room both for passengers in the rear and in the luggage compartment. The use of antiroll bar mounts with high preload on both axles improves not just roll stabilisation, but also steering precision during dynamic cornering. A new wheel bearing design that minimises both friction and weight is an additional factor in the superior efficiency of the new BMW X1.
The rear-axle subframe's flexible construction enables the new BMW X1 to accommodate different types of drive system. Consequently, the rearaxle subframe on the BMW iX1 xDrive30 and the plug-in hybrid models features bespoke mounts for the electric drive unit powering the rear wheels. An additional mounting for the high-voltage battery has also been included on these electrified models.
The suspension and damping systems in the new BMW X1 have also undergone an extensive upgrade with a view to enhancing long-distance comfort. For the first time, the front axle has been equipped with extra, lift-related damping using an additional sleeve on the dampers. This reduces body movement when driving over small bumps, while also ensuring excellent transient behaviour in corners.
Adaptive M suspension with frequency-selective damping, a 15-millimetre drop in ride height and sport steering
Adaptive M suspension is available as an option for all model variants of the compact SAV, including the plug-in hybrids, and is fitted as standard on the BMW iX1 xDrive30. Both agility and long-distance comfort benefit from this suspension system's mechanically controlled adjustable and frequency-selective dampers. Pressure peaks inside the dampers are smoothed out with the help of additional valves that are active on the rebound side. As a result, the system offers comfortable response when absorbing minor bumps in the road surface combined with sporty damper characteristics in dynamic driving situations. The specially designed damper system brings about a 15-millimetre drop in ride height on all models.
And sport steering is part of the adaptive M suspension specification on all variants too. This particular version of the Electric Power Steering system features a more direct rack ratio, along with the Servotronic speed-sensitive power assistance also included with the standard steering.
Near-actuator wheel slip limitation for extremely quick, precise response
The new BMW X1 also now comes with near-actuator wheel slip limitation to maximise the car's agility and composure in challenging driving situations. Unique in this segment, this traction control system is integrated into the engine management, eliminating the long signal paths to the DSC control unit. This allows corrective inputs to be applied up to ten times faster than in conventional systems and with exceptional precision. Near-actuator wheel slip limitation thereby ensures optimum traction even on slippery roads, superb straight-line poise and assurance when accelerating hard, and excellent handling stability in corners. In addition, on all-wheel-drive models, power is split between the front and rear wheels as the situation demands.
Near-actuator wheel slip limitation likewise maintains directional stability when the vehicle is decelerating sharply as a result of energy recuperation. This means the electric drive units fitted in the new BMW X1 models can continue to regenerate brake energy to maximum effect even in adverse road conditions.
The functions provided by the DSC system include not only anti-lock braking (ABS) and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), but also a variety of stabilising functions and the drive-off assistant. The Performance Control function gives the car even more agile handling by varying the distribution of drive torque to the front wheels according to the situation at hand. In order to optimise directional stability during heavy braking on surfaces offering differing levels of grip for the right-hand and left-hand wheels, a steering impulse is applied to help the driver correct the car's line. The functioning of the electromechanical parking brake is also integrated into the rear brake callipers by means of the DSC system.
Integrated braking system optimises handling characteristics
The new BMW X1 is equipped with an integrated braking system that delivers outstanding stopping power and superior pedal feel. This system brings together the brake activation, brake booster and braking control functions within a compact module. The required brake pressure is triggered using an electric actuator, an operating principle that generates pressure more dynamically and ensures significantly faster and more precise interventions by the DSC. The integrated braking system generates a degree of stopping power that is matched exactly to the driver's inputs, while also providing excellent feedback via the brake pedal. The use of an electric actuator means braking requests from the driver assistance systems are likewise translated into extremely short stopping distances for improved active safety.
The braking system in the new X1 employs single-piston floating-calliper disc brakes at the front and rear. A brake pad wear indicator is also included as standard and provides precise information on the remaining service life of the brake pads in the operating system's relevant menu.
All models in the new BMW X1 range ride on 17-inch light-alloy wheels as standard. The increase in the diameter of their tyres to 702 millimetres improves ride comfort at the same time as giving the vehicle greater visual presence when viewed from the side. The xLine and M Sport specifications both include 18-inch light-alloy wheels. The BMW iX1 is available with aerodynamically optimised light-alloy wheels, whose reduced air resistance helps to extend the car's range. The optional 19- and 20-inch light-alloy wheel variants are fitted with tyres that are 20 millimetres wider than on the outgoing model to give the new BMW X1 greater dynamic handling potential. High-performance tyres are also available for models with adaptive M suspension.
The new BMW X1 additionally comes as standard with a tyre pressure indicator for each individual wheel that provides an early warning of any loss of pressure, as well as a digital tyre condition monitoring system. Unique in this segment, this function uses a cloud-based algorithm to detect pressure loss far sooner than the vehicle's Tyre Pressure Monitor can. This is made possible by a diagnostics function in the BMW backend that has been implemented with the help of artificial intelligence (AI). The driver is notified of any pressure loss together with the recommended course of action via the My BMW App (depending on the market, they may also receive a Teleservice message). Statistical information and AI methods can also be employed to predict the wear behaviour of the vehicle's tyres and thereby forecast the remaining tyre life until the recommended minimum tread depth is reached. The digital tyre diagnosis function can be set to automatically inform the customer of any tyre-related technical issue requiring action. Depending on the particular market, notification is sent via the vehicle in the form of a Teleservice message, by e-mail or via the My BMW App.
Driver assistance systems
Comfort and safety in the new BMW X1 are further enhanced by a significantly expanded selection of standard and optional driver assistance systems compared with the outgoing model. As far as functionality and availability are concerned, the automated driving and parking systems rank among the best on the market. They are designed to assist the driver or lighten their workload in a wide variety of situations. Camera images and the data gathered by ultrasonic and radar sensors are used to monitor the vehicle's surroundings, to warn of potential hazards, to minimise the risk of an accident with corrective braking or steering inputs, and to perform automated parking and manoeuvring. Existing functions can be improved by means of the Remote Software Upgrades facility, which also lets customers add new functions - such as the Steering and Lane Control Assistant (availability depends on the hardware fitted in the vehicle and the market conditions) - at a later stage.
The new BMW X1 is fitted as standard with the latest version of the front-collision warning system with brake intervention, which brings additional functions to help prevent an accident. It comprises features such as Collision Warning, pedestrian and cyclist warning with braking function, and Crossroads Warning. And it can also warn the driver of pedestrians and cyclists who are parallel to the road and approaching the vehicle from the front or rear when turning right (in countries where vehicles drive on the right). The front-collision warning system also helps to increase safety when turning left (in countries where vehicles drive on the right). If a vehicle is approaching on the side of the road the driver needs to cross, visual and acoustic warnings are triggered and the brakes are applied to prevent the driver from continuing with their turnoff manoeuvre.
Cruise Control with brake function, Speed Limit Info with no-overtaking indicator and pre-warning, manual Speed Limit Assist and the Evasion Assistant are likewise all fitted as standard. Lane Departure Warning with lane return also comes as standard and is capable of analysing the prevailing road situation very precisely. On extremely narrow roads, the course correction assistance is suppressed so that if a vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction, the driver can easily move onto the side of the road.
Optional Driving Assistant with new exit warning function
The optional Driving Assistant additionally comprises the Lane Change Warning system, which helps the driver to guide the car back into the original lane, likewise by means of a steering input. The Driving Assistant's features also include Rear Collision Prevention and rear crossing traffic warning