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BMW i7 and iX1 electric cars on track for Australia

BMW is gearing up to expand its range of electric cars in Australia, adding a small SUV and a large sedan to the mix.

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BMW has all but confirmed it’s adding the i7 large sedan and compact iX1 SUV to its existing range of electric cars in Australia.

Both models have been added to the BMW Australia website, complete with the option to “Register Your Interest”.

The company hasn’t officially confirmed either car for our market, but is expected to announce local details for the i7 when it’s officially revealed next week.

The iX1 is on track to be revealed before the end of 2022, hot on the heels of the next-generation petrol model. Local details will likely be announced in tandem with the car’s reveal.

When it arrives, the iX1 will take on the Mercedes-Benz EQA, Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric, and even the Kia EV6 and Hyundai Ioniq 5.

BMW Blog has previously reported the electric iX1 will be offered with a 135kW single-motor variant, and a dual-motor all-wheel drive setup with a total system output of around 185kW.

Meanwhile, the i7 will go head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz EQS when it touches down.

It will be revealed at the 2022 Auto China Beijing motor show in April, led by the i7 xDrive60. It’ll have 521km of range using the EPA test cycle, according to the BMW USA website, and an as-yet undisclosed amount of power and torque.

The BMW iX M60 SUV has 455kW of power and 1100Nm of torque in its most powerful drive mode, while even the xDrive50 sitting one rung down has 385kW and 765Nm.

BMW has started its electric push in Australia with the i4 four-door coupe, and the iX3 and iX SUVs.

To date in 2022 the brand has sold 214 electric cars, placing it behind Mercedes-Benz (490 sales) in the luxury electric sales race. It’s comfortably ahead of Audi, however, which has sold just 33 examples of its e-tron SUV.

Tesla dominates EV sales locally, with 4417 sales in the first quarter of 2022.

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Scott Collie
Scott Collie

Scott Collie is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Scott studied journalism at RMIT University and, after a lifelong obsession with everything automotive, started covering the car industry shortly afterwards. He has a passion for travel, and is an avid Melbourne Demons supporter.

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