BMW will not have a new platform dedicated to electric vehicles until 2025, but that does not mean that the Bavarian company will not introduce new electric vehicles. With more and more customers interested in battery-powered cars, the automaker is planning several new zero-emission models, including the all-electric iX1.
Seen here in testing on public roads in Germany, the EV X1 will be based on the new generation small crossover, which will be supported by the FAAR 2 architecture. It is an evolution of the FAAR platform to Scalable front-wheel drive, which will be flexible to accommodate internal combustion, hybrid and fully electric powertrains.
Simply put, the next-gen X1 will be available with a wide range of powertrain options. These are expected to include gasoline, diesel, plug-in hybrid, and fully electric versions, and the latter is expected to be basically identical to its combustion brethren.
As you can see from the spy photos above, the iX1 is still in the early stages of development, although it is already wearing its production body. There’s a lot we don’t know about its design as the test car features fake panels covering some sections of the electric crossover.
How do we know it is a BEV? The “Electric Test Vehicle” badges on the front doors are an obvious giveaway, and on closer inspection you will see that there are no tailpipes under the rear bumper. Instead, there is a flat protective plastic sub tray.
Little is known about the iX1 at this time, although a recent report suggests there will be a number of different powertrain and battery options when sales begin. These include a base single-engine FWD model and possibly a more powerful twin-engine AWD setup.
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