At the end of 2021, BMW will enter the electric SUV segment with this iX which promises performance and autonomy to tackle its rivals at Audi, Mercedes, Volkswagen Tesla and others.
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After the i4 sedan expected next year, BMW is completing its electric range with the iX SUV which has just been presented in a version still under development. We find the imposing two-part grille from the Vision iNext concept presented in 2018. The front mask has become a bit quieter compared to the concept car, with still tapered but wider optics and less substantial side air intakes . The rear lost in aggressiveness with the disappearance of the two extractors which probably had no other use than to impose.
The interior of the BMX iX doesn’t have much to do with the Vision iNext either. But it takes up the concept of “shy tech” by which the manufacturer wants to hide the technology so that it is not apparent until the moment it comes into action. Thus, the radiator grille contains driver assistance technologies (camera, radar, sensors, etc.) and the door handles are flush. Inside, this parsimony translates into a very ventilated dashboard, physical instrumentation reduced to the strict minimum and discreet. We are far from the spaceship style of certain interiors, even if two screens of 12.3 and 14.9 inches occupy two thirds of the dashboard.
Fast charging up to 200 kW
For the powertrain, the BMW iX inaugurates the fifth generation eDrive with two electric motors developing 500 hp. We are told a 0 to 100 km / h in less than 5 seconds. The Tesla Model X, one of the rivals of the future iX, swallows the distance in 2.8 seconds. According to BMW, the battery exceeding 100 kWh will provide a range of over 600 km in the WLTP cycle. It will support fast charging up to 200 kW, which will go from 10 to 80% in less than 40 minutes.
No price has been communicated for the moment. BMW plans to put the iX on the market at the end of 2021. In addition to this iX SUV, the German brand has also unveiled a very futuristic concept of the Definition CE 04 electric scooter which should also find a commercial outlet.
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