After a series of stunning plug-in hybrid vehicles, BMW first confirmed their plans for an all-electric strategy with the unveiling of the beautiful iX3 concept car at the Auto China 2018 show in Beijing. At the time, we knew that the iX3 was going to be a full Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), with all the comforts and advanced features that you would expect from BMW. The exterior doesn’t disappoint, either. The kidney grille is there, as well as the edgy allows, bold and beautiful lines — every inch of the new iX3 screams BMW.
What we know so far
Two years after its first unveiling, the iX3 is set to go into production in 2020. Further details announced in BMW press releases confirmed that our excitement is more-than warranted. We should remind readers, however, that these figures are still only preliminary numbers.
The first huge plus for the BMW iX3 is certainly its range. According to the company, the iX3 will have an impressive range of 440km on a single charge of the large 74kWh battery. It will house BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive technology, housing the electric motor, system electronics and transmission in a single central unit. Though the battery is certainly sizeable, its modular design allows to be installed finally as a large flat section in the vehicle floor. This means no sacrificing of cabin space, and a strong center of gravity to ensure stability.
The fifth generation promises as much as a 30 percent improvement in motor output and weight of drive system. If all is delivered as promised, we will be looking at one efficient SAV. The BMW iX3 will deliver up to 286hp and a torque of 295lb/ft, helping prove once and for all that going all-electric doesn’t mean compromising one iota on performance.
A truly green SAV
While some have often questioned the green credentials of EVs, BMW are showing determination to deliver an eco-friendly machine in the iX3. Just as the company has consistently shown proof of low environmental impact on models like the X3 sDrive 20d, the iX3 will improve on that record by at least 30 percent. That can be augmented to a 60 percent advantage if the source of charging power can be confirmed as renewable.
A big part of the eco-friendly iX3 is the work of engineers to reduce dependency on cobalt in the battery system. Successful advancements have seen the share of cobalt in the battery reduced by about two thirds compared to previous models. BMW has also started directly sourcing cobalt and lithium for battery cell producers, ensuring higher ethical and quality standards.
An exciting time to be BMW
As the EV revolution continues to grow and spread across the major automakers of the world, we are increasingly seeing such high-quality output as the BMW iX3. This is a car that helps make all-electric cars not only viable with an impressive range, but also stunning, stylish and comfortable for driver and passenger alike.