2023 BMW iX1 eDrive20 unveiled – new entry-level variant, single-motor FWD, 204 hp

BMW has pulled off the covers on the iX1 eDrive20, a new second variant for the iX1 EV compact crossover that will also serve as the new entry point for the marque’s EV line-up.

Pricing for the BMW iX1 eDrive20 starts at EUR47,900 (approx RM241k) in Germany, compared to the more powerful xDrive30 variant at EUR55,000 (approx. RM276k). The latter is also now available in Malaysia, priced at RM285,800.

The eDrive prefix in BMW’s EV line-up means a single motor set up, placed here on the front axle to supply up to 150 kW (204 hp) and 247 Nm of torque. In boost mode, which enables max outputs for 10 seconds at a time, the new BMW iX1 eDrive20 is capable of completing the century sprint in 8.6 seconds, onward to a top speed of 170 km/h.

In comparison, the dual-motor xDrive30 variant offers up to 313 hp and 494 Nm in boost mode,translating to a 0-100 km/h time of 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 180 km/h.

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Both variants share the same 64.7 kWh (net) lithium-ion battery pack. With one less electric motor, the eDrive20 variant is capable of travelling further in a single charge – up to 475 km (WLTP) on a single charge, although the figures are still provisional for now.

Charger support is also the same for both, with the BMW iX1 eDrive20 similarly equipped with an 11 kW on-board AC charger that enables a 0-100% charge in 6.5 hours. With the optional 22 kW charger, a full charge can be completed in just three hours and 45 minutes. As for fast charging, the eDrive20 supports up to an 130 kW input, which will get the battery pack from 10-80% in 29 minutes.

Despite being the new entry-level variant, the BMW iX1 eDrive20 is not necessarily short-changed in terms of equipment. The full equipment list will depend on regional availability, but standard items on the eDrive20 include a dual-zone climate control system, Parking Assistant with Reversing Assist Camera, a wireless charging pad, as well as the BMW Curved Display consisting of a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and 10.7-inch touchscreen.

The screens here are running on BMW’s latest Operating System 9 instead of the 8.0 system we currently have on the iX1 xDrive30 in Malaysia. The new software promises easier access to frequently-used settings thanks to a redesigned home screen with “QuickSelect”, which BMW says “enables functions to be accessed directly without having to switch to submenus”, making it more intuitive to operate via touch.



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