BMW i is ready to expand its range with the launch of the first-ever BMW iX3. Representing BMW’s first all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle.
The Premiere Edition is expected in Ireland in 2021. Featuring the latest 5th Generation eDrive technology – the first BMW model to do so – and an approximate all-electric range of up to 435 kms*, it’s ushering in a new era of performance where the best of BMW X and BMW i are enjoyed seamlessly on every journey.
*Provisional, not yet confirmed data, subject to change without notice.
The new BMW iX3 strikes a perfect balance of feeling new, while still being familiar with its X model genes. The Ireland-specific Premier Edition will look naturally athletic with confident contours, the BMW i kidney grille with mesh-like structure, BMW i Blue accent trims, and a panoramic sunroof as standard. While it may look like an SUV, the iX3 will be rear-wheel drive only with power delivered from an electric motor mounted on the rear axle and delivering 282bhp. The new 20″ Aero-wheels, which are 15% lighter and with 5% less drag than previous aerodynamic BMW wheels, give a modern edge.
Another new feature is the BMW IconicSounds Electric, which has been designed in collaboration with Hans Zimmer to enrich the driving experience.
The 5th Generation BMW eDrive is what makes the first-ever BMW iX3 so exciting. Thanks to the electric motor, electronic systems and transmission now being rolled into one central unit, which reduces space and weight, the new eDrive system offers much better EfficientDynamics. The power to weight ratio is improved by about 30%. Add to this the re positioned high-voltage battery, which offers greater interior space.
By integrating the battery packs into the car’s floor, engineers have lowered the centre of gravity by 75mm compared to a regular X3, which means it should be even sharper to drive. From 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds, with a top speed limited to 180km/h to preserve range.
BMW is adding new features to its plug-in hybrid models. For example, it is rolling out a new “eDrive Zones” feature that automatically switches to full electric mode when it enters designated city areas. While it’s not going to be initially operational here in Ireland, it means the tech is in place when authorities here make the call.
The path to being the Ultimate Driving Machine is never an easy one, but the new iX3 and its 5th Generation eDrive technology have successfully made it through. From the sub-zero conditions at the Winter Center in Arjeplog, Sweden to the searing heat of the Kalahari desert in Southern Africa, it is proven and ready for adventure. Now, as part of the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture (BBA), production of the BMW iX3 will commence very soon at the new Plant Dadong in Shenyang, China.
Expect more details in September 2020.