The BMW iX3 is getting a baby brother.
On November 10, BMW will finally unveil the production version of the iNext flagship electric SUV two years after the concept debuted. On the other side of the spectrum, we have the BMW iX1. Based on the X1 subcompact crossover, the iX1 will slot below the iX3 as BMW continues to electrify its current model range and rival the Audi Q4 e-tron and Mercedes EQB. This will be one of nine new electric vehicles BMW is planning to launch by 2025.
We've already seen prototypes of the next-generation BMW X1 being tested out in the wild, but this is our first look at its all-electric sibling. At this stage of development, the prototype is still fully camouflaged, but it appears to already be sporting production parts.
Styling-wise, the X1 will borrow cues from its larger iX3 sibling, including a closed-off grille, blue accents, and aerodynamic alloy wheels.
Technical details are still unknown, but BMW's smallest electric SUV will inevitably have a smaller battery. Reports have claimed the iX1 will be available with either a 38- or 76-kWh battery providing a range of up to 115 and 190 miles respectively. Inevitably, adding a battery pack will sacrifice some of the iX1's cargo capacity and practicality compared to the conventionally-powered crossover.
For reference, the iX3 packs a 80-kWh battery providing a range of 185 miles rated by the WLTP, while an electric motor sends a combined 282 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels.
When it goes on sale, the next-generation BMW X1 will be available with multiple powertrains, including combustion engines, a plug-in hybrid variant and a fully electric setup. Currently, the X1 is offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The all-electric BMW X1 isn't expected to debut until late 2022, so we should see the camouflage strip away on future prototypes between now and then.