BMW has a fairly busy launch schedule this year when it comes to electric vehicles. It will unveil the flagship i7 electric sedan based on the next-generation 7 Series next month, followed by the iX1 compact electric SUV in the second half.
While prototypes of the battery-electric iX1 have been out for over a year now, BMW has finally started officially teasing the SUV as launch nears.
The teaser render shows part of the front end, revealing design cues similar to the larger BMW iX3, including the closed grille with BMW i blue surround, bumper accents in the same color and the same shape as the headlights.
The bumpers look much sportier, however, with the image hinting at massive side air intakes. Note that the model shown here probably includes a BMW M Sport package.
Along with the teaser image, the automaker has revealed some details about the iX1, which will be unveiled shortly after the next-generation BMW X1 on which it will be based. The third-generation X1 is expected to debut in the second half.
BMW says the iX1’s range on the WLTP test cycle will range between 257 and 272 miles (413 and 438 km). The automaker notes that the predicted values are based on the vehicle’s current development status.
Obviously, the EPA ratings will be lower than that; expect around 230 to 240 miles for the US-spec model. We also learn that the BMW iX1 will feature the next level of digital technology and connectivity, including the 5G standard.
BMW also mentions that the iX1 will provide an agile driving experience. As with the standard X1, the electric variant will be based on BMW’s FAAR (Frontantriebsarchitektur or Front-Wheel-Drive Architecture) modular platform, but will feature fifth-generation eDrive electric powertrain technology instead of ICEs.
The all-electric iX1 will make its market debut before the end of this year and indirectly replace the i3, BMW’s first series-produced electric vehicle. The automaker will stop manufacturing the urban EV in July at its Leipzig plant after nine years of operation and around 250,000 units sold worldwide.