BMW iX1 U11 EV: arrives in Malaysia as a 313 hp xDrive30 dual engine

BMW Malaysia has shown the fully electric model iX1 on its website, with a link to the interest registration page suggesting that the BEV crossover is nearing its introduction to the Malaysian market. To register your interest in the iX1 in Malaysia, Click here.

First introduced in June 2022, the iX1 is derived from the U11-X1 generation range, and it debuted in the form of the xDrive30 with two motors, one on each axle to bring all-wheel drive with a combination of 272 PS (313 PS in temporary boost) and 494 Nm of torque, allowing a time of 0- 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 180 km/h.

Up to 440 km of autonomy in the WLTP cycle, according to the BMW Malaysia website; At its debut, the iX1 was said to pack a 64.7 kWh battery. Up to 130 kW of DC fast charging delivers a 10-80% state of charge in 29 minutes, or an additional 120 km of range in just 10 minutes.

Charging with AC at 11 kW brings the battery to a full charge in 6.5 hours, or up to 22 kW, allowing a full charge in three hours and 45 minutes. The iX1 also uses energy recovery through braking, generating up to 60 kW while driving with a pedal or up to 120 kW with the brake pedal depressed.

Also part of the iX1 propulsion system is the Combined Charging Unit that integrates the functions of a voltage transformer, charging electronics, power distribution, and management of the motors, battery, and charging. This works to reduce your charge rate gradually after a certain point to control temperatures, rather than reducing your charge rate in steps, helping to shorten charge times.

The interior of the U11 iX1 resembles that of the U06 2 Series Active Tourer in employing a large center air vent and twin front-passenger air vents, while the center console houses a vertical storage bin with wireless charging pad, and the floating armrest houses the stick transmission selector.

Infotainment is provided via a 10.7-inch center touchscreen, which is paired with a 12.3-inch driver’s display. This includes features specific to the iX1, such as the optimized navigation route for charging if the remaining battery range is insufficient to complete the journey, and also displays additional information, such as the estimated charge remaining on arrival, the recommended charge time, and the target charge level.

In Malaysia, fully imported electric vehicles (CBU) benefit from excise and sales tax exemptions until December 31, 2025, while locally assembled (CKD) electric vehicles have the same exemptions until December 31, 2025. 2027. This means that buyers who receive their electric vehicles – like the U11 BMW iX1 here – before the deadlines will benefit from the prices resulting from these exemptions.


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