2022 BMW X1 – additional photos of the all-new U11 SUV, including petrol, diesel and first-ever iX1 EV variants


BMW has released plenty of photos of the all-new U11 X1, which made its world debut in June this year. Now in its third generation, the X1 is the entry-level model in the German automaker’s X range and will be offered with internal combustion engines (petrol and diesel), plug-in hybrid and fully electric powertrains – all derived from single assembly line for the first time at the BMW Group plant in Regensburg.

These photos depict the latest X1 in three variants, namely the petrol-powered xDrive23i, the diesel-powered sDrive18d and the all-electric iX1 in xDrive30 form. Starting with the xDrive23i, the all-wheel-drive option is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder that delivers 204PS (201hp) from 5,000-6,500rpm and 320Nm of torque from 1,500-4 000 rpm.

The shredder is complemented by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that includes a 19 hp (19 hp or 14 kW) and 55 Nm electric motor, giving a total system output of 218 hp (215 hp) and 360 Nm. The mild hybrid system also includes a 20 Ah battery in the luggage compartment and serves to increase both efficiency and power delivery.

U11 BMW iX1 xDrive30 (top), X1 xDrive23i (bottom)

Meanwhile, the sDrive18d features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel with 150 PS (148 bhp) and 360 Nm sending the power to the front wheels. A seven-speed dual-clutch Steptronic is standard for all ICE variants, including the sDrive18i and xDrive23d, the latter also getting a mild-hybrid system. There will also be plug-in hybrids in the form of the xDrive25e and xDrive30e which use 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engines paired with more powerful electric motors.

The all-electric iX1 is a first for the X1 and is offered as an xDrive30 with two electric motors – one for each axle – to deliver 272 PS (268 hp or 200 kW) and 494 Nm. These are powered by a lithium-ion battery positioned flat in the underbody of the vehicle which has an energy capacity of 64.7 kWh, which is good for up to 438 km of range on the WLTP cycle.

The iX1 has a boost function which provides an additional 41 hp (40 hp or 30 kW) for 10 seconds, so you get 313 hp (308 hp or 230 kW), allowing it to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 5, 7 seconds on the road for a top speed of 180 km/h. For charging, the EV supports up to 11kW or optional 22kW AC input, and up to 130kW with DC fast charging – 10-80% state of charge is achieved in 29 minutes .

U11 BMW iX1 xDrive30

In its latest form, the X1 is larger than its predecessor, measuring 4,500mm long (+53mm), 1,845mm wide (+24mm), 1,642mm tall (+44mm) and with a 2692mm wheelbase. (+22mm). The tracks are also 31mm wider on both axles, which was done to give the SUV a better stance.

The redesign serves to give the SUV a greater presence, with notable changes being a straighter and larger grille as well as a muscular bonnet. The headlights are also new and feature a signature DRL similar to the last 3 Series facelift with inverted L-shaped bars.

The profile of the vehicle has also been changed to appear more dynamic and you will now find recessed door handles to accompany the cleaner upholstery. Moving rearward, the LED taillights have an L-shaped light signature to complement the revised stance, while the re-profiled tailgate has sharper creases than before.

U11 BMW iX1 xDrive30

Referring to the photos, the sDrive18d is trimmed in the xLine package, which is one of three available, the others being a base option and the M Sport. With the xLine, the SUV gets contrasting silver trim near the air curtains on the front bumper, as well as a prominent faux skid plate below the lower intake. These elements are mirrored for the rear bumper and the sides also gain silver side sills.

The M Sport look is what you see on the xDrive23i and iX1 xDrive30, with standout design cues being a more aggressive front bumper that features a larger hexagonal shaped lower air intake as well as cut out sections that integrate air curtains. As for the rear, the M Sport’s rear bumper has a lower trim with a diffuser-like element placed below a large blacked-out area that mimics the 3 Series with the M Sport package. A small point to note is that this xDrive30 is without the blue accents as we saw on the world debut, but you can identify an iX1 by its ‘i’ badge on the grille and its blue ring on the BMW roundel.

Inside, the redesign is just as extensive, with a dash design that appears to be inspired by the Active Tourer U06 2 Series. The BMW curved display takes center stage here, with a 10.25-inch dashboard and a 10.7-inch center touchscreen. Both are powered by the BMW 8 operating system, so there are crisp, colorful graphics, plenty of connected services and a digital voice assistant on hand to serve passengers.

U11 BMW X1 xDrive23i

The floating center console is a concept derived from the iX, so there’s no more storage space under the armrest like you had with the outgoing X1. The 40:20:40 split rear seats are still there and they can be slid forwards and backwards, reclined or folded down completely for up to 1,600 liters of boot space – 540 liters with all seats in place. The cargo capacity of the iX1 is more like 490 liters to 1,495 liters.

Take your time browsing through these photos and let us know what you think of the all-new X1? Do you like the new look? What would you change on it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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