Thursday, 24 May, 2018

BMW iX3 Electric SUV Revealed At Beijing Motor Show

07 830x553 Say hello to the iX3, BMW's 'first' electric car
Sherry Houston | 25 April, 2018, 16:10

"The BMW Concept iX3 previews the fusion of the multi-faceted driving pleasure for which BMW X models are renowned and a locally emission-free drive system", the automaker says. In turn, the hybrids can drive exclusively on electric up to 100 km.

Based on the X3, the iX3 Concept also features a specially developed rear axle subframe and specific chassis integration.

BMW plans to introduce a new modular design that will allow all future models to offer an electric variant. This makes it easier to integrate the same powertrain into different vehicle architectures.

BW says that this model will come as a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and it won't compromise on practicality and comfort from any angle. The concept SUV previews the brand's futuristic zero emission pure electric take on the X3 SUV. A pleasurable ride, the iX3 exerts a power output of 200 kW/270 hp. Entirely electric, it's powered by an electric motor that draws electricity from a 70-kWh battery pack which stores enough juice for about 250 miles of range in the European testing cycle. Still, it is known that it would have around a 70kWh battery, which can be charged in just half an hour at a 150kW fast-charge station. The biggest change is certainly the standard kidney grille, which has been replaced with the linked unit inspired from the iVision Dynamics Concept.

Apart from the reshaped kidney grille and blue highlights, the iX3 gets less ventilation from the front for a smoother nose, the sills and rear diffuser get a tweak (a blue tweak at that) and there's a set of slippery lightweight wheels, so if this iX3 Concept is anything to go by then BMW's future electric models are going to be remarkably similar to their ICE counterparts. These styling cues provide a striking contrast against the Moonstone Silver matt exterior paint finish. The concept is also fitted with light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimised design. It's an X3-sized crossover designed and sold by the company's i brand. Unlike the i3 and i8, the iX3 is a fully-fledged i model. However, a few design details demonstrate evolution of the current design language.

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