In a groundbreaking move, BMW has introduced the awe-inspiring iX1 electric vehicle to the Indian market. Priced at an enticing Rs 66,90,000, the BMW iX1 stands available in a captivating palette of paint options, including Alpine White in its non-metallic splendor and the metallic marvels of Space Silver, Black Sapphire, and Storm Bay. But that’s not all; when it comes to upholstery, the choices are equally captivating, offering the opulence of Veganza Perforated Mocha or the timeless appeal of Veganza Perforated Oyster.
The BMW iX1 comes complete with a standard two-year warranty that generously spans unlimited kilometers. Should you crave even more peace of mind, the Repair Inclusive option steps in to extend your warranty benefits from the third year of operation to an impressive fifth year, all without any mileage constraints. The cherry on top? The batteries themselves are fortified with an eight-year warranty, promising reliability up to 160,000 kilometers.
Now, let’s dive beneath the surface. The BMW iX1 houses its lithium-ion battery discreetly within the car’s flooring, ensuring stability and seamless integration. This 66.4 kWh powerhouse boasts an electric power consumption rate ranging from 18.1 to 16.8 kWh per 100 kilometers, providing an impressive range spanning from 417 to a remarkable 440 kilometers, as per WLTP standards. And the best part? Recharging is a breeze. With a 130 kW DC charger, the iX1 can surge from 10 percent to a robust 90 percent charge in a mere 29 minutes, while a 11 kW AC charger will have it fully recharged in just 6.3 hours.
But wait, there’s more! As a proud owner of the BMW iX1, you receive a complimentary BMW Wallbox charger along with a seamless installation process, ensuring safe and convenient charging at up to 11kW. BMW doesn’t stop there; they’ve forged an extensive charging network that ranks among the finest in the luxury segment, with fast chargers dotting their dealer network in no less than 35 Indian cities.
Now, let’s talk performance. The iX1 is fueled by the fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology, a marvel of engineering that integrates a highly efficient drive unit seamlessly into a single housing. Power flows from electric motors gracing both the front and rear axles, propelled by a single-speed transmission and cutting-edge power electronics. The result? Pure exhilaration. The iX1, in a breathtaking display of prowess, rockets from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 5.6 seconds, achieving a top speed of 180 km/h. This dynamic machine churns out a formidable 313 horsepower and an astonishing maximum torque of 494 Nm.
But it’s not just about raw power; intelligence is at play here too. The iX1’s all-wheel-drive system boasts a sophisticated, real-time monitoring capability, ensuring rapid and precise responses to any driving scenario. BMW proudly showcases features like electronically controlled ‘Automatic Differential Brakes/Locks’ (ADB-X), expanded ‘Dynamic Traction Control’ (DTC), Hill Start Assist, and Hill Descent Control, delivering a driving experience that’s both thrilling and secure.
Now, let’s shift gears to connectivity. The iX1 embraces BMW ConnectedDrive technologies, transforming your car into a seamlessly interconnected digital companion. Among its highlights are the BMW ID, MyBMW App, Digital Key Plus, Intelligent Emergency Call, and Real-time Traffic Information. Remote Services add another layer of convenience to your ownership experience.
Turning our gaze to design, the iX1 leaves an indelible impression. Its Adaptive LED headlights extend gracefully into the sides, while the side profile exudes dynamism, thanks to its crisply sculpted surfaces that play with light and shadow. The elongated roofline gracefully converges into an extended spoiler that reaches out to the rear. Square wheel arch contours, sleek roof rails, and stunning 18-inch M light alloy wheels accentuate its striking appearance. The rear is a masterpiece of design, featuring sculpted surfaces, horizontal lines exuding power, a narrow rear window, a commanding diffuser, and L-shaped LED lights that mesmerize.
And the interior? Prepare to be captivated. The centerpiece is the digital BMW Curved Display, seamlessly integrated into the cockpit. Its design embodies the quintessential BMW driver-centric approach, blending clean, modern lines with captivating graphics, contemporary colors, and futuristic textures. The structured dashboard, adorned with the ‘Aluminium Mesheffect’ trim, harmonizes beautifully with the Luxury Instrument Panel and M Anthracite headliner, elevating the aesthetics to new heights. The M Sport leather steering wheel, adorned with the iconic blue ring finisher logo, exudes sportiness from every angle. The ambiance is further enhanced by decorative strips, ambient lighting gracing the instrument panel and front doors, and subtle pearl chrome accents on door handles. The seemingly floating armrest cleverly integrates the control cluster, fostering a sense of uncluttered elegance. And when it comes to sound, the Harman Kardon HiFi Surround Sound system, boasting 12 resplendent loudspeakers, delivers a sonic experience that transcends expectations, even at lower volumes.
The iX1 goes beyond the ordinary in terms of comfort. It introduces Active Seats for both the driver and front passenger, a unique offering in its segment. These seats pamper with lumbar support and a range of massage programs, customizable in intensity and speed, making long journeys a stress-free delight.
Ambient Lighting, with its six dimmable light designs, creates an atmosphere for every mood, while the Automatic 2-zone A/C maintains the perfect temperature. An expansive glass sunroof opens up the space, and the capacious 490-liter luggage compartment can be expanded to a cavernous 1,495 liters. Thanks to Comfort Access, the boot lid opens and closes with a simple, contactless operation, offering newfound flexibility for loading and unloading.
Inside, a massive BMW Curved Display takes center stage, boasting a 10.25-inch digital information display behind the steering wheel and a commanding 10.7-inch Control Display. The latest iteration of BMW’s iDrive, powered by Operating System 8.5, opens up a world of interaction possibilities. Occupants can effortlessly control a plethora of vehicle functions through voice commands, thanks to the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. Wireless smartphone integration grants access to a wide array of functions and apps, ensuring that your digital world is always at your fingertips. And with Regular Remote Software Upgrades, your iX1 stays perpetually up-to-date. The vertical smartphone holder, seamlessly integrated into the center console, offers inductive Wireless Charging and an NFC interface, making your connectivity experience truly cutting-edge. And let’s not forget about navigation, now enhanced with real-time traffic information for seamless journeys.
The My BMW App keeps you in touch with your vehicle’s status remotely, offering invaluable peace of mind. The BMW Digital Key Plus, complemented by Comfort Access, sets a new standard in convenience by transforming your smartphone and smartwatch into your vehicle’s key, alongside the NFC cards provided. It enables you to effortlessly open, close, and start your vehicle. An elegant welcome scenario unfolds, complete with orchestrated lighting effects, including a captivating light carpet. Plus, you can share this digital key with up to five users, spreading the joy of convenience.
For the discerning driver, the iX1 is equipped with an array of assistive features. Active Park Distance Control, with sensors at both the front and rear, ensures you navigate tight spots with ease. The Rear View Camera, Parking Assistant, Reversing Assistant, and Attentiveness Assistant combine to make parking and reversing a breeze. The Reversing Assistant even remembers the last 50 meters of your route and can automatically retrace your steps. The Attentiveness Assistant keeps a vigilant eye on potential hazards, providing timely alerts to keep you safe on the road.
Safety is paramount in the iX1, as evident in its comprehensive suite of Driver Assistance Systems. Lane Departure Warning, Cruise Control with Braking Function, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Pedestrian Protection are all part of the package. Additional standard safety features include six strategically placed airbags, an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) featuring Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), an electric parking brake with an auto hold function, side-impact protection, an electronic vehicle immobilizer, crash sensors, Tubeless Tyres with a Tyre Pressure Indicator, ISOFIX child seat mounting, an integrated tire repair kit, and acoustic protection for pedestrians.
Last but not least, BMW Efficient Dynamics plays a pivotal role. Features like Auto Start-Stop, ECO PRO mode, Brake-Energy Regeneration, Electronic Power Steering, the Driving Experience Control switch, and My Modes within Driving Experience Control all contribute to making the iX1 a model of efficiency and sustainability.
In conclusion, the BMW iX1 is not merely an automobile; it’s a testament to innovation, luxury, and performance. With cutting-edge technology, stunning design, and a commitment to safety and sustainability, it’s poised to redefine the electric vehicle experience in India and beyond.