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The all-electric BMW iX1 hasn’t even hit Australia but, however the one-variant vary at launch appears to be like set to be bolstered by a further model in the not-so-distant future – in line with the model’s native product planning boss.

Speaking with CarExpert at the Australian media launch for the all-new 7 Series and i7 limousines, head of product and market planning for BMW Australia, Brendan Michel, mentioned the native X1 and iX1 line-up will see “extra additions”.

“We see on all of our fashions, we don’t get [all] the choices from the manufacturing facility straight up,” Mr Michel mentioned.

“There will likely be extra additions to the X1 line-up – together with probably a variant of a fully-electric mannequin. There’s extra to come back”

Currently the solely model of the iX1 on provide globally is the xDrive30, which contains a dual-motor electrical drive system good for system outputs of 230kW and 494Nm.

It’s due in Australia throughout March, and is priced from $82,900 earlier than on-road prices. It’ll provide each xLine and M Sport variants, and compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz EQA and Volvo XC40 Recharge.

BMW quotes a WLTP-tested driving vary of as much as 440 kilometres

from the iX1’s 65kWh lithium-ion battery, in addition to a brisk 0-100km/h dash time of 5.6 seconds.

From a charging perspective, the iX1 can take DC charging at as much as 130kW, which helps it go from 10 to 80 per cent in a claimed 29 minutes. BMW additionally supplies a three-year free subscription to the Chargefox public charger community.

BMW is but to element a single-motor model of the iX1 globally, although the specification sheet may provide some clues.

While the model’s normal communications round the EV mannequin quotes system outputs, the iX1 xDrive30 runs twin 140kW/247Nm electrical motors; one on every axle.

Therefore, it’s a logical assumption that a further variant of this electrical compact SUV will likely be powered by one in every of mentioned motors – whether or not it’ll be front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive stays to be seen.

CarExpert expects this variant to be known as eDrive20, as its outputs are in an analogous ballpark to the petrol-fired X1 xDrive20i (150kW/300Nm).

Mr Michel didn’t provide a lot additional element on the enlargement plans for the wider X1 line-up, making it unclear whether or not the BMW’s native division is planning to deliver the plug-in hybrid and turbo-diesel fashions provided abroad.

So far, BMW Australia has confirmed its 2023 launches will embody the all-new iX1 and up to date Z4 in March, together with the go-fast M2 Coupe, M3 Touring wagon and XM plug-in hybrid SUV in April. There will likely be additional bulletins sooner or later.

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