Revealed at the #NextGEN digital event and presented as the brand’s new technological spearhead, the BMW iX foreshadows the future electric SUV that the manufacturer plans to launch at the end of 2021.
The BMW iX3 has yet to arrive in Europe as BMW is already announcing a new member in its electric family. Unveiled at the 100% digital event #NextGEN alongside a new electric scooter, the BMW iX is directly inspired by the Vision iNext concept presented two years ago.
In terms of size, BMW does not specify the dimensions but indicates that its new electric SUV will inherit the length (4.9 m) and width (2 m) of the BMW X5 and the height of the BMW X6 (1.8 m). Close to the length of the Audi e-tron, it should thus be placed halfway between the Model Y and the imposing Model X. At the level of the trunk, the manufacturer does not give figures either but promises a capacity similar to the 650 liters offered on the iX.
On board, the atmosphere is both clean and digital with a curved space incorporating the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and the infotainment screen (14.9-inch) compatible with 5G.
Up to 600 km of autonomy
Equipped with the fifth generation of the German manufacturer’s electric powertrain, the BMW iX is configured as four-wheel drive. It has more than 500 horsepower (370 kW) and promises a 0 to 100 km / h crossed in less than 5 seconds.
The precise capacity of the battery is not announced, but the manufacturer promises it will exceed 100 kWh. With 21 kWh / 100 km of average consumption, BMW’s new electric SUV is expected to provide up to 600 km of range in the WLTP cycle.
On the charging side, the DC Combo standard is obviously part of the game. Tolerating up to 200 kW of power, it recharges from 10 to 80% in about 40 minutes. For those in a hurry, 10 minutes will be enough to recover up to 120 km of autonomy. For AC charging, the on-board charger accepts up to 11 kW, or a full charge in about 11 hours.
A high-end configuration that the manufacturer should complete with other engine and battery versions to appeal to a wider audience.
Launch end of 2021
Assembled at the Dingolfing plant in Bavaria, where it will be produced alongside the 5, 6, 7 and 8 series, the BMW iX will begin production in the second half of 2021. The first deliveries are expected at the end of the year next.