Here's How The BMW iX1 Will Take On Audi And Mercedes

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New details have emerged about BMW's upcoming Audi Q4 e-tron rival.

Just last week, we got our first look at the BMW iX1, a new subcompact electric SUV that will rival the likes of the Audi Q4 e-tron and Mercedes EQB. Slotting below the BMW iX3, the iX1 is one of nine new electric vehicles BMW plans to launch by 2025 as part of its electric onslaught.

Effectively, the iX1 will be an electric version of the BMW X1 that will replace the i3 and fill the current hatchback's role as BMW's entry-level EV with an affordable price tag. Technical details were scarce, but BMW Blog claims to know the iX1's all-important powertrain details. According to the publication's sources, the new iX1 be offered with at least two specifications.

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The entry-level version will reportedly have 180 hp, while the more powerful variant will have an increased output of 250 hp, positioning it below the 280-hp BMW iX3. While unconfirmed, the base model is expected to have one front-mounted electric motor, replicating the i3's setup. In the BMW i3 S, the electric motor generates 184 hp.

The more powerful 250-hp variant, on the other hand, will likely utilize a dual-motor setup, with the second motor powering the rear axle for an all-wheel-drive setup. As for the driving range, the entry-level iX1 will reportedly get a 38-kWh battery proving up to 115 miles of range on a single charge, while the dual-motor version will have a larger 76-kWh battery with 190 miles of range.

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These details haven't been officially confirmed by BMW yet and we may have a long wait on our hands for confirmation as the iX1 isn't expected to debut until late 2022.

Visually, the BMW iX1 will look similar to its larger iX3 sibling. A camouflaged prototype was recently spied sporting a closed-off grille and aerodynamic wheels. Also, expect it to feature BMW's signature blue accents that distinguish its all-electric i models. If you're not ready to take the plunge into the world of EVs, the next-generation BMW X1 will also be offered with a traditional combustion engine and a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

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Source Credits: BMW Blog

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