BMW iX3: all-electric SUEV to offer 285 miles of range
Having had its initial debut in concept form at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, BMW has revealed the production version of the BMW iX3: its first Sports Utility Electric Vehicle.
With a range of 285 miles, the iX3 will be BMW’s second fully electric model to hit the roads after the i3.
The iX3 borrows its exterior style from the current BMW X3, albeit retaining many of the exterior features seen on the original concept including a shut-off kidney grille at the front.
Further changes to aid aero-efficiency include a set of lightweight wheels while the rear bumper and side skirts have also been redesigned.
The iX3 now also features BMW ‘i’ blue coloured inserts, with these small but significant tweaks designed to mark out electric BMWs from other types of drivetrain.
On the inside, BMW aims to offer a user-friendly, variable-usage cabin with high level of comfort for five people over everyday journeys and longer distances. Load capacity can be expanded from 510 litres to as much as 1,560 litres.
BMW Live Cockpit Professional with BMW Maps and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant will feature as standard, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Remote Software Upgrade and digital services also standard.
Featuring the newly designed fifth-generation BMW eDrive electric motor, the iX3 produces maximum output of 286 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm with 0 to 62 acceleration in 6.8 seconds.
While we’ve become used to EVs offering all-wheel drive, BMW has opted to offer the iX3 in rear-wheel drive to deliver a classical BMW driving experience. Unrivalled combination of low electric power consumption and high charging capacity also enables long-distance journeys at high average speeds.
With an 80kW lithium ion battery in the floor of the vehicle, the iX3 can recharge from zero to 80% in 34 minutes, while a 10-minute charge can add 62 miles of range.
The BMW iX3 is expected to be released in mid-2021, meaning they have a lot of catching up to do with the likes of the well established Audi e-tron, Tesla Model X and Jaguar I-Pace.