Published on September 6th, 2023 | by Subhash Nair


BMW iX1 eDrive20 Presented As A Cheaper EV Option From Munich

The BMW iX1 eDrive20 might just be brought into Malaysia under the RM286K eDrive30 model.

When it comes to electric vehicles, branding and pricing plays an incredibly important part. With the BMW iX1 eDrive20 we might just be looking at the brand’s first sub-RM250,000 electric vehicle. This new lower tiered iX1 has a recommended price in Europe of 47,900 euros, which would translate to about RM239K, but of course with transportation costs, location profit margins, and some buffer for our fluctuating currency we might see it here for slightly more. The iX1 eDrive30 M Sport is priced at RM286K for context.

This new model variant of the compact SAV from the BMW Group plant in Regensburg. It comes with a single electric motor with a maximum output of 204hp and 247Nm of instantaneous torque. The BMW iX1 accelerates from 0-100km/h in 8.6 seconds and it has a top speed of 170km/h. The eDrive30 model features motors on each axle with an output of 313hp and 494Nm of torque and completes the century sprint in 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 180km/h.

BMW iX1 edrive20 from the side

The battery has 64.7 kWh of usable energy, which is the same as the eDrive30 model. As such, you still get 430km-475km of range on a full charge.

Charging is done at 11 kW over AC for a 6 and a half hour full charge, with an optional 22 kW charging option available for a 3 hour and 45 minute full charge. 130kW DC Fast charging gets the battery from 10% to 80% in just 29 minutes. BMW says it features particularly efficient charging software, anticipatory thermal management to keep the high-voltage battery’s health i check. The navigation system ensures the battery is automatically pre-conditioned before a planned charging stop. Pre-conditioning a battery can also be manually activated or deactivated at any time by the driver.

The standard equipment on this model is extensive and includes the following:

  • BMW Maps Navigation
  • 2-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Parking Assistant
    • Reversing Assist Camera
  • BMW iDrive
    • QuickSelect
    • BMW Operating System 9
  • BMW Curved Display
    • 10.25″ information display
    • 10.7″ control display

Compared to the iX1 eDrive30 M Sport model we already have in Malaysia, this model features a less aggressive body kit. That means the bumpers, side skirts, rims, grille and even roof rack are swapped out for something less sporty. The lack of an M Sport steering shouldn’t be too big a deal as the standard steering looks like it features the same general shape and button layout. A wireless charging pad also seems to still be available on this more affordable model.

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