BMW reveals iX3 all-electric SUV concept

25 April, 2018, 16:10 | Author: Bertha Harmon
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It represents the next step in BMW's electric-car strategy, which sees BMW complementing today's i3 and i8 with a range of fully electric versions of its core models.

The design of the electric vehicle reminiscent of the X3.

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

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The BMW Concept iX3 has been revealed at the Beijing Motor Show, previewing an electric X3 SUV for 2020 with 266bhp and a 70kWh battery.

The Concept iX3 is powered by the fifth generation BMW's eDrive technology.

Powering the iX3 is a fifth-generation eDrive powertrain, which BMW claims features more powerful and lighter batteries that will extend the range while sapping less juice with extra weight. Of these, 12 will be equipped with fully electric propulsion systems. Using fast charging (think: 150 kilowatts, CCS standard) will deliver an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes.

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As is so often the case, the iX3 is a concept in name only. Given how BMW times their launches after the premiere of a concept, it is possible that the road-going iX3 will debut in a year or two from now.

Under the skin is BMW's latest electric motor that churns out over 270bhp, or about the same as the current X3 30d. In turn, the hybrids can drive exclusively on electric up to 100 km.

Underneath the body, however, things are very different with the iX3 previewing a new flexible architecture able to accommodate electric, hybrid or combustion engine drivetrains, as well as front, rear or all-wheel drive layouts.

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BMW has stated that a production version of the iX3 SUV will be ready for sale by 2020. The closed double kidney with the blue accentuation continues the BMW i Vision Dynamics brand already featured in the BMW i Vision Dynamics. 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. Its signature kidney grilles are now closed to better manage airflow at the front of the auto while an interesting set of alloy wheels aid in reducing the turbulence caused by conventional spoked wheels.

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