The new BMW iX1, which is the third generation of the BMW X1 and the first fully electrically powered Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), has now successfully completed driving dynamics testing at the BMW Group’s winter testing centre in Arjeplog, northern Sweden.

On snow-covered roads and specially prepared ice tracks, which are close to the Arctic Circle, the new BMW iX1 joined the conventionally powered and plug-in hybrid variants of the latest BMW X1 in passing all of its tests.


The cold temperatures and wintery road conditions were perfect for testing the electric motors, electric all-wheel-drive technology, high-voltage battery, power electronics and charging technology.

The new BMW iX1 comes with fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology and uses the latest battery cell technology. Combined with intelligently controlled heat management, this enable short charging times and a long range, even in extreme sub-zero temperatures.

With two electric motors (one at the front axle and one at the rear), whose power delivery is coordinated precisely to optimise traction and dynamic performance, and its extremely fast-acting near-actuator wheel slip limitation tech, the BMW iX1 is perfectly equipped to provide assured progress over any terrain.


At the BMW Group’s winter testing centre in Arjeplog, snow-covered roads and areas of frozen lakes prepared specially for these testing programmes. They provide ideal conditions to hone the interplay of the motors, electric all-wheel-drive technology and suspension control systems. The ice surfaces, in particular, provide the perfect, reproducible conditions in which to explore in detail and optimise how the powertrain and chassis work together.

This intensive testing programme lays the foundations for reliably secure, assured driving characteristics – with the sporting edge drivers expect of a BMW – and a well resolved overall vehicle experience.


The BMW iX1 is the brand’s third SAV to feature a purely electric drive system and will be added to the model range immediately after the launch of the new BMW X1, which is scheduled to get underway in the Autumn 2022.

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