More than two years after the Vision iNext concept is born its production version, the BMW iX, a 100% electric SUV which promises to offer more than 600 kilometers of autonomy.
BMW is indeed launched in the race for electrification. A time behind its German rivals Audi and Mercedes, the Munich-based firm has since taken matters into its own hands, with an electrified range growing in size over the years. If the iX3, the electric version of the X3 has not yet been launched, the manufacturer is already unveiling a new zero-emission model, which should then become its flagship: the iX. This has just been unveiled in its production version, a few months after the concept and more than two years after the Vision iNext from which it is inspired, with the aim of competing among others with the Audi E-Tron and other Mercedes EQC.
Aesthetically, the influence of the concept presented in 2018 is clearly visible, although the lines are a little more conventional, in order to better meet the standards of mass production. If the lines are therefore a little less caricatural, the whole remains very assertive, with its high grille taken from the new BMW 4 Series. It is surrounded by optics refined to the maximum, while the shield is cut to optimize aerodynamics. At the rear, the whole is more conventional, although its very thin lights give it a somewhat futuristic air. The interior presentation changes for its part quite considerably compared to the other models in the range, with a digital panel incorporating a 12.3-inch handset and a 14.9-inch touch screen. The 3-meter-long wheelbase guarantees very good overall roominess, while the SUV can accommodate up to five passengers in total. Finally, we will note the astonishing hexagonal steering wheel, allowing to clear the view on the digital handset.
Up to 630 kilometers
Rest assured right away, this new BMW iX is indeed intended to be as dynamic as possible. For this, it can then count on the fifth generation of the electric powertrain developed by the manufacturer, available in two versions, then developing 326 and 523 horsepower. Later, an even more powerful version of 600 equines should also see the light of day. Two batteries will also be available, 76.6 and 111.5 kWh, each associated with a version, allowing to travel between 425 and 630 kilometers in a single charge. BMW has not yet specified all the data concerning it, but we know that the maximum power will vary between 140 and 200 kW depending on the version. Note that the SUV has a heat pump, to optimize its autonomy, as well as its one-pedal driving system.
Produced in the Bavarian factory in Dingolfing, the new BMW iX will be launched at the end of the year in dealerships, for a posted price starting from € 86,250. It will then be necessary to count at least 103,500 € for the xDrive50 version equipped with the most powerful engine.
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