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New BMW X1 2023 debuts with new design

The New BMW X1 2023 Sales in Europe will start in the last quarter, while the launch in Brazil will be in 2023.

The third generation of the BMW X1 is finally presented. The compact SUV has been in testing since June 2020 and is now fully revealed, with a new look, more technologies, and a standard dual-clutch transmission combined with the xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The expectation is that the car arrives in Brazil only next year.

The 2023 BMW X1 has kept the basic proportions of its predecessor, but combines them with a bolder front, with a slightly larger, almost square grille, and a pair of considerably wide headlights. Full-LED lights are standard for both headlights and taillights, the latter with a new “L”-shaped design. At the rear, the narrower rear window gives the X1 a beefier appearance, while the flared wheel arches create a visual effect that makes the car look bigger. BMW used a similar solution on the electric XM.

BMW X1 2023

As is the case with most new cars, the new X1 is slightly larger than its predecessor. The length grew by 5 centimeters to 4.50 meters, while the width gained 2 cm to reach 1.84 m. It was also 4 cm taller, which can mean 1.62 m or 1.64 m, depending on the version chosen. Thus, the cabin became more spacious and created a more square look for the SUV, although the coefficient of drag is only 0.27.

The interior still offers space for five passengers, but BMW says the increased width results in more shoulder and elbow room for both the driver and front passenger. However, arguably the biggest news inside is the updated BMW iDrive 8 multimedia center, which comes with a pair of screens – a 10.25″ digital instrument cluster and a 10.7″ central display – housed under a single piece of glass. Below it, there is a large air vent, space for two cup holders, and an area for a smartphone with a wireless charger.

BMW X1 2023

All versions come with four USB-C ports, two 12-volt electrical outlets, and a Bluetooth interface. As an option, it is possible to place a premium Harman Kardon 205 watt sound system with 12 speakers and tweeters integrated into the door trim. There is also an interior-facing camera that allows you to take pictures and upload them to your smartphone and also check the interior of the car via the My BMW App.

BMW X1 2023 Specs

There will be four versions, with two gasoline and two diesel engines. All will have a 7-speed, dual-clutch Steptronic automated transmission. See versions and engines:

Version Motor power Torque 0 to 100 km/h Maximum speed
sDrive18i 1,499 cc 136 hp 23.4 kgfm 9.2 s 208 km/h
xDrive23i 1,998 cc 204 hp 32.6 kgfm 7.1 s 233 km/h
sDrive18d 1,995 cc 150 hp 36.7 kgfm 8.9 s 210 km/h
xDrive23d 1,995 cc 197 hp 40.8 kgfm 7.4 s 225 km/h

Depending on the version, it can be equipped with the M Sport package which adds paddle-shifters behind the steering wheel for “extremely fast manual gear changes”. They also enable the so-called Sport Boost function, which is activated when the driver pulls the left-hand lever for at least one second. If activated, the function unleashes the full potential of the engine and chassis, changing their settings for the most immediate acceleration possible.

BMW says that almost all components on the single-spring front axle have been completely redesigned compared to the previous model. For the first time, an adaptive M suspension is available as an option. By choosing this suspension system, the car gets modified steering with an even more direct response.

Soon after the arrival of the X1, it will be the turn of the iX1, an all-electric variant, which will make its debut in the xDrive30 version. It has an electric motor on each axle and a total power of 313 hp. The brand says it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed limited to 180 km/h, so as not to run out of batteries too quickly. Speaking of which, BMW mounted the 64.7 kWh set on the floor. The range is between 413 and 438 km.

It won’t just be electric, as the X1 will also get two plug-in hybrid versions in November. Both the xDrive30e and xDrive25e will have the 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo engine combined with an electric motor at the rear axle, delivering 245 hp in the xDrive25e version and 326 hp in the xDrive30e. Both use 14.2 kWh batteries and deliver a range of between 78 and 89 km according to European tests.

BMW X1 2023 Price and launch date

The 2023 BMW X1 will go on sale in Europe in October, with prices starting at €41,400 (R$210,397), while the iX1 will start at €55,000 (R$279,513). In the case of Brazil, the launch will only take place in 2023, for the time needed to homologate the vehicle. The brand has already promised the iX1 to our market next year.

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