Say hello to the iX3, BMW's 'first' electric vehicle

Posted April 25, 2018

"The BMW Concept iX3 underscores the BMW Group's resolve to further strengthen its leading position in the field of electric mobility, " BMW said.

BMW plans to begin producing the iX3 in 2020 at its joint-venture plant in Shenyang, according to joint-venture partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd.

The BMW iX3 will arrive in 2020, a bit behind the curve as the Jaguar I-Pace is already on sale and Audi's e-tron and Mercedes' EQ C are about to arrive.

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This is the second all-electric BMW after the i3 city auto, but the first to be spun from an existing model range.

Called BMW Wireless Charging, it's available now as an option for the BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid sedan. This means that any newly launched model could be offered in conventionally fuelled, hybrid and electric form.

The iX3 adopts an evolution of BMW's design language that moves away from the separate twin-kidney grille that has characterized the brand's cars since the early 1930s. The concept is also fitted with light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimised design.

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Additionally, the iX3 will be the first BMW nameplate to be built in China for global markets. The transfer of the drive system technology originally developed for BMW i cars into vehicles from the BMW Group's core brands is entering a new dimension here. The grille, side skirts, and diffuser lend the main accents to the body of the vehicle. It has a more powerful battery that offers better performance and range combined with lower weight and volume.

BMW has a hub of electronics in its vehicles which serve to make them super-sophisticated.

The concept is powered by a 200 kW/270 hp electric motor.

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BMW also promises an impressive driving range on a single charge. The likewise model-specific high-voltage battery has a net capacity of over 70 kWh, which is enough to give the electric SAV a range of more than 400 kilometres (249 miles) in the WLTP cycle. Like the one used by the Audi e-tron, the i3X's battery is said to have been designed with 150kW fast-charging stations in mind, making a full charge possible in just 30 minutes thanks to clever battery cooling and temperature control technology. For now, BMW has yet to show its interior.