Is the most beautiful BMW electric SUV also the cheapest? Shock iX1 pricing set to scare Mercedes-Benz EQB, Genesis GV60 and other premium electric cars

Is the most beautiful BMW electric SUV also the cheapest?  Shock iX1 pricing set to scare Mercedes-Benz EQB, Genesis GV60 and other premium electric cars

BMW Australia has revealed the price of its cheapest yet electric SUV, as well as what is arguably the brand’s best-looking SUV since the original 1999 X5.

The iX1 starts at $82,900 for road use and will arrive in Australia early next year in just one class, the all-wheel-drive xDrive30.

This is a provocative pricing, as it undercuts the new Mercedes EQB 250 front-wheel drive (from $87,800) and Genesis GV60 (from $103,700).

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However, the Tesla Model Y (from $72,300), Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric (from $72,990) and Lexus UX 300e (from $74,000) remain significantly cheaper in their base (albeit two-wheel drive) iterations compared to the German-made BMW.

With just an ‘I’ to distinguish it by name, the iX1 will complement the third-generation, U11-series X1 launching next month in FWD sDrive18i and AWD xDrive20i turbo petrol engines.

As previously reported, initially only the single, very well-equipped and specified xDrive30 class will be released, with dual motors enabling the AWD. Both are electrically assisted synchronous motor arrangements.

Together these deliver 230 kW of power and 494 Nm of torque to propel the iX1 from standstill to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 180 km/h. In contrast, the equivalent of the EQB 350 4Matic, which starts at $106,700, takes an additional 0.6s to reach 100 km/h and has a lower maximum speed of 20 km/h.

Likewise, even with a slightly smaller 65 kWh battery pack, the xDrive30’s 440 km range (WLTP) also beats the EQB (at 360 km WLTP). Charging is via a Type 2 CCS port, rated for 130 kW on DC and 22 kW on AC.

According to the WLTP standard, the combined fuel consumption is 18.4 kWh/100 km, compared to 21.0 kWh/100 km for the EQB 350 4Matic. If you can find a 130 kW DC charger, the battery pack can be topped up from 10 percent to 80 percent full in 29 minutes. In addition to a so-called “Flexible Fast Charger” for charging at home and a Mode 3 charging cable, BMW Australia also offers a three-year subscription to the national Chargefox network.

BMW says the iX1 is the first compact model to feature a new flexible FWD-based architecture with a battery-powered electric powertrain, and is specifically designed to accommodate a large, low-depleted battery to improve center of gravity, improve dynamics. improve through improved weight distribution, as well as minimizing the impact on the interior space.

As a result, the load capacity is estimated at 490 litres, which is only 10 liters less than the ‘regular’ X1.

In addition, BMW’s adaptive M suspension and M Sport variable-ratio steering will be fitted to the iX1, to provide what the brand believes is a balance between agility and ride comfort.

Trim levels also include active lane control systems, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitor, surround view cameras, adaptive LED headlights, panoramic glass sunroof, premium Harmon Kardon sound system, power tailgate, rain-sensing wipers, head-up display, 10.25- inch digital instrument panel, a 10.7 inch multimedia touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry/go, wireless smartphone charger, tire pressure gauges, satellite navigation, BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant with voice control and 19-inch alloy wheels.

The iX1 also uses BMW’s latest Operating System 8 software interface.

Buyers can choose between the xLine or M Sport equipment packages at no additional cost.

More information will be revealed closer to the iX1’s first quarter release date.