BMW Lifts Veil On First iX3

BMW unveils their first ever all-electric SAV. Disappointingly, its not crazy looking. Its all rather… normal. Here’s what you need to know.

New fifth-get eDrive Tech

The iX3 premieres the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology. The latest versions of the electric motor, power electronics, charging technology and high-voltage battery have enabled clear progress in the areas of performance characteristics, electric power consumption and range. The components developed by the BMW Group will also be fitted in the BMW iNEXT and BMW i4 models from 2021. 

Optimized Performance and Efficiency

With the new highly integrated drive system technology, power and efficiency are optimised. Producing 210 kW and 400 Nm the iX3 is capable of 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds and offers a driving range of up to 520 km in the NEDC test cycle.

Handling

Power transfer to the rear wheels delivers a classical BMW driving experience. Unrivalled combination of low electric power consumption and high charging capacity enables long-distance journeys at high average speeds. Adaptive suspension (fitted as standard) optimises sporting responses and comfort. 

The Hans Zimmer Effect

BMW IconicSounds Electric. Newly developed soundscape for electrically powered BMW models makes its debut in the BMW iX3 and adds extra emotional depth to the driving experience. Powerful drive sound available in cars with the equipment line “Impressive”. Unmistakable composition when starting and deactivating the electric drive system developed in collaboration with Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer. 

Tech and Spec

The iX3 is loaded with all the BMW tech and spec you’d expect. BMW Live Cockpit Professional with BMW Maps cloud-based navigation system and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant as standard. Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto preparation, Remote Software Upgrade and digital services from BMW Connected Charging also standard). 

Wide-reaching standard specification (“Inspiring”) includes metallic paintwork, LED headlights, three-zone automatic climate control with pre-heating and pre-conditioning, automatic tailgate operation, panoramic glass sunroof, Driving Assistant Professional and ambient lighting. Optional equipment line “Impressive” also brings 20-inch light-alloy wheels, acoustic glazing, sport seats, Vernasca leather trim, BMW Head-Up Display, Parking Assistant Plus and Harman Kardon Surround Sound. 

Charge Capabilities

Bespoke charging products and services: BMW Charging Card provides simple and convenient access to currently more than 450,000 public charging points worldwide; new Flexible Fast Charger (allowing use of different socket types) and high-output Wallboxes now available as options. Individual packages offer the optimum charging solution for every customer need. 

Optimised energy storage concept now enables vehicle charging capacity of up to 150 kW at DC fast-charging stations; Recharging from 0 to 80 per cent of the high-voltage battery’s capacity takes 34 minutes, 10-minute charge adds 100 kilometres [62 miles] of range (WLTP).

“With BMW now squarely taking on the EV segment while offering the power of choice to its clients, the X3/iX3 is set to be an absolute hit. Wonder if they’ll end up reducing the grill size, though? “- Chris