2020 BMW iX3 G08 revealed
BMW's first fully electric-powered X model – the iX3 G08 – with a range of 285-miles, has broken cover...
BMW has revealed its first ever iX3 which it says combines emissions-free travel with dynamic handling and performance. Part of BMW's electrified 'NEXT' model offensive, the premiere of the new iX3 marks the introduction of BMW Group’s fifth generation eDrive technology – the X3 will be the brand’s first model to be available with a pure-electric drive system, a plug-in hybrid system or petrol and diesel engines. This, so we're told, embodies the BMW “Power of Choice” approach. The new iX3 employs learnings made via the i3 of 2013, and represents the culmination of BMW's fifth-generation eDrive technology which features an electric motor, high-voltage battery and large capacity batteries. The system will also be fitted in the BMW iNEXT and BMW i4 models from 2021.
The power density of the electric motor in the iX3 is 30 percent greater than that of existing fully-electric vehicles within the BMW Group portfolio. The new drive system generates 286hp and peak torque of 295lb ft which, unlike with many other electric motors, is sustained at high revs. Zero to 62mph is achieved in 6.8-seconds – the same territory as the X3 xDrive30i. Top speed is electronically limited to 112mph. Power is sent to the rear wheels, creating true BMW driving characteristics. The new iX3 will offer a range of up to 285-miles (WLTP test cycle). Plugging the vehicle into a rapid-charging station will allow the battery to be charged from flat to 80 percent of its full capacity in 34-minutes, while a 10-minute charge can provide a range of 62-miles (WLTP cycle). Efficiency is the key word throughout here, using recuperation technology, Brake Energy Regeneration is adapted to the road situation using data from the navigation system and the driver assistance system. The driver can choose a high, medium or low Brake Energy Regeneration setting. Model-specific design features enhance the car’s aerodynamics – the front apron and kidney grille have a largely enclosed design, the rear end has also been sculpted with a view to reducing air resistance. Making their debut on iX3 are lightweight, aerodynamically designed, alloy wheels which help to control the flow of air around the vehicle – these serve to reduce its drag coefficient by around 5 percent (Cd 0.29) over an equivalent vehicle with conventional wheels. This alone is said to add around six-miles to the range of the car.
The iX3 will be BMW's first model to be built for export at the Shenyang plant in China, and will launch in the UK with an exclusive Premier edition next summer. Expect details of pricing and standard specification in autumn 2020 when preordering will open, in the meantime visit bmw. co.uk/ix3 for more information.