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June 3, 2022

2023 BMW X1 Is Bigger, More Powerful, And Comes Fully-Electric Too

BMW is building on concepts pioneered by the X1 by releasing the all-new third-generation model of their premium compact SUV. The all-new 2023 X1 not only expands its standard specifications but also has increased interior spaciousness and a more premium ambience.

The all-new BMW X1 is larger than its predecessor—by 53 mm in length to 4,500 mm, 24 mm in width to 1,845 mm, and 44 mm in height to 1,642 mm. Its wheelbase is 2,692mm, 22 mm longer than before, while its track widths have increased by 31 mm to 1,592 mm at the front and 1,593 mm at the rear.

In terms of design, the X1 gets a large, almost square interpretation of the BMW kidney grille. Slim LED headlights with distinctive graphic splitting the low-, high-, and DRLs extend into the sides. The long roofline and flush door openers give it a stretched feel, while at the back, LED taillights make it recognizable. In terms of wheel sizes, the BMW’s “baby” SUV starts off with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, stretching all the way to 20 inches—a first for this model series.

Inside, the 2023 X1 offers an even more raised driving position, together with the BMW Curved Display and floating armrest. The curved display which combines a 10.25-inch screen for the driver and a 10.7-inch control display for the infotainment is framed by trim pieces that extend out to the doors, and this can be specified from aluminum to open-pore eucalyptus wood.

When it comes to functionality, the X1 offers improved seating comfort for the front passengers, while at the back, the rear room has grown to accommodate three adults. When not in use, it can be folded down in a 40/20/40 split. Combustion-engined models also offers rear seats that slide by 130 mm. Cargo capacity is between 540 liters to 1,600 liters.

As for features, the X1 comes with a wide array including ambient interior lighting, a one square-meter panoramic sunroof, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

Speaking about the engines, the X1 comes with a wide array of gas- and diesel-fed combustion powertrains, a plug-in hybrid, and even a full-on electric version. The range starts with the 218 horsepower, 360 Nm 2.0-liter gas engine (xDrive23i) that’s now fitted with the Miller cycle for improved fuel efficiency. Moving up, there are two 2.0-liter diesel engines with two states of tune (sDrive18d and xDrive23d) making 150 horsepower and 360 Nm, and 211 horsepower and 400 Nm, respectively. Both the xDrive23i and xDrive23d have mild hybrid technology.

For those who want to go the plug-in hybrid route, there’s the xDrive25e and xDrive30e which make 245 horsepower, 477 Nm, and 326 horsepower and 477 Nm of torque, respectively. And finally, for those who’re ready to go full electric, the iX1 xDrive30 makes 313 horsepower and 494 Nm. The fully-electric X1 is powered by dual electric motors and can deliver up to 435 kilometers on a single charge.

All gasoline and diesel-fed versions of the X1 swap their torque converter automatics for a 7-speed dual clutch automatic. This gearbox features fully electric actuation for efficiency and smoothness. It also automatically shifts to Park when the engine’s switched off, and if parked on a slope, applies the electric parking brake by itself.

The X1 has undergone an extensive weight-saving program by employing materials such as aluminum not just on its body panels but its safety cell as well. Moreover, the supports for the doors are now made of plastic. Underneath, the front suspension was re-developed from scratch, while the three-link rear axle is made to be modular to fit the lithium-ion battery for electrified variants. The standard steel springs and dampers have been tweaked for better long-distance comfort, while adaptive suspension is an available option.

The BMW X1 will be built at the BMW Group Plant Regensburg, along with the high-voltage batteries for the BMW iX1 xDrive30. It’s now available in Europe, but the rest of the world will follow towards the second half of this year.

1 comment:

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