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03-12-2020 | Electric Vehicles | News | Article

BMW Provides a Glimpse of the BMW iX Electric SUV

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Patrick Schäfer
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Fitted with a two-motor electric drive, the BMW iX should offer a WLTP range of over 600 kilometres. This top-of-the-line electric model is due to come on the market in late 2021. 

According to the manufacturer, the iX is as long and wide as the X5 and as high as the X6. An aluminium spaceframe and a Carbon Cage make up the rigid body structure. The electric SUV's exterior styling is minimalist, apart from the vertical, enclosed kidneys at the front end. These former air intakes have been transformed into an "intelligent surface" which now accommodates the sensor system, including camera equipment and radar functions. Other noteworthy details include the flush door openers and the low-profile headlamps and tail lights. Just as understated as the exterior, the spacious interior does not require a centre tunnel. The cockpit features a striking hexagonal steering wheel and the new Curved Display.

The fifth-generation BWW eDrive dispenses with rare earths. Together, the two electric motors produce an output of more than 370 kW (500 HP) and accelerate the BMW iX from zero to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds. The battery's gross energy capacity is said to exceed 100 kWh, permitting a WLTP range of more than 600 kilometres. When connected to a 200 kW DC rapid charger, the BMW iX can be charged from 10 to 80 percent capacity in less than 40 minutes. The entire charging process takes around 11 hours at an 11 kW wallbox.

BMW iX to launch in 2021

The iX will set standards when it comes to automated driving and networking as well. "The iX has more computing power for data processing and more powerful sensor technology than the newest vehicles in our current line-up, is 5G-capable, will be given new and improved automated driving and parking functions and uses the high-performing fifth generation of our electric drive system," says Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development. The BMW iX will be manufactured at the BMW Group Plant Dingolfing from the second half of 2021.

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