The first fully electric-powered BMW X model has broken cover and BMW says that the iX3 stands for everything the successful BMW X3 is known for, but with a fully electric drivetrain.
With new fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology, BMW claims that the all-new iX3 power density of the electric drive system increased by 30 per cent over the BMW Group’s existing fully electric vehicles. It also claims this delivers an electric range of up to 458km (WLTP, combined test cycle ). Maximum output of 286 hp and peak torque of 295 lb-ft. and acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph tales just 6.8 seconds.
The new BMW iX3 will launch with an exclusive ‘Premier’ edition for our market next summer (2021 ). Pricing and standard specification details will be revealed this autumn (2020 ), with pre-ordering opening at the same time.
BMW boasts that the new iX3 combines emissions-free travel, dynamic handling and performance with the comfort, functionality and spaciousness that customers would expect of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV ).
The iX3 sees the BMW Group pressing ahead with its electrified model offensive set out in its next corporate strategy. It says that the technological expertise amassed in the development of BMW i models is now coming to the fore in a fully-electric model from the core BMW brand.
The BMW X3 will be the brand’s first model to be available with a pure-electric drive system, a plug-in hybrid system or highly efficient petrol and diesel engines. This embodies the BMW Group “Power of Choice” strategic approach, with the company supporting the broad spread of customer requirements and statutory regulations around the world.
The new BMW iX3 is the result of many years of development work in the electric mobility field. The advances achieved since the market launch of the BMW i3 in 2013 now culminate in the company’s fifth-generation eDrive technology which comprises of a highly efficient electric motor, optimised energy density high-voltage battery and a high charging capacity.
The German carmaker says that thanks to the BMW Group’s longstanding investment in electric mobility, the use of disproportionately large batteries, which have a negative effect on vehicle weight, driving dynamics and electric power consumption, has been avoided in the development of this vehicle.
The iX3 will be launched in some worldwide markets later this year. It will be the brand’s first model to be built in China for export.
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