BMW Reveals The All-New iX, Its New Technology Flagship
Bold, new, innovative and powerful, the EV will hit markets overseas by the end of next year.
BMW has revealed the all-new iX electric SUV, its first model based on a new, modular, scalable future toolkit that focuses on new products developed to cater to a sustainable future.
Still in the series development phase, the BMW iX has been given a fresh design. Comparable with the BMW X5 in length and width, and the BMW X6 in height, the car has sharp surfaces, strong character lines, rectangular contours around the wheel arches, and a rather ungainly vertical kidney grille.
The electric car also has the slimmest headlight units ever to feature on a series-produced model from BMW, slim rear lights, flush-fitted door handles and frameless windows.
Incidentally, the grille which has been blanked off has integrated into it cameras, radar and sensors for the latest driver assistance systems.
It is evident that aero has had a huge say in how the car is styled and by making use of the advantages provided by the electric powertrain, the iX has a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.25.
Featuring an aluminium spaceframe and a Carbon Cage, the electric SUV’s interior is also new. Large curved display screens take their place on the dash, there is a hexagonally shaped steering wheel, intricately styled air vents, large panoramic glass roof and the mixture of materials used, all give the interior of the car a high level of premiumness and spaciousness.
Of course, being an EV, the iX has BMW’s eDrive technology – which encompasses the two electric motors, the power electronics, the charging technology and the high-voltage battery – which is now in its fifth generation.
Developing a maximum output of more than 500 HP (370 kW), the EV will be able to do the 0-100 km/hr sprint in under 5 seconds.
While that is good, BMW aims to give the EV a combined electric power consumption figure of less than 21 kWh per 100 km in the WLTP test cycle. Thus, the car, when fitted with a 100 kWh battery would have over 600 km range.
Obviously, DC fast charging would be available from the get go, and the car will also come with BMW’s latest technology and will take the brand one step closer towards fully automated driving.
Set to go into production at BMW’s plant in Dingolfing, Germany, from the second half of next year, the iX will see its European market launch take place at the end of 2021.