BMW’s electric cars thus far have been less than electrifying in the range department — we’re looking at you, i3. For 2022, the automaker plans an all-electric car that sounds like it’ll be much more competitive in that area. BMW estimates the new iX SUV will have around an EPA-rated 300 miles of electric range (agency-certified ratings should publish closer to the iX’s on-sale date).
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Outside, the iX wears a minimalistic, futuristic look highlighted by slitlike headlights, blue body accents and a smooshed, vertical version of BMW’s kidney grille, which the automaker says functions as an “intelligence panel.” It holds cameras and sensors for the vehicle’s driver-assistance systems.
Inside, the cabin has a clean, airy design peppered with some oddities, such as a hexagonal-shaped steering wheel. There’s a huge panoramic moonroof and an uncluttered cockpit anchored by a tabletlike screen that takes up much of the dash. BMW says the iX’s cabin uses natural and recycled materials — which look upscale, at least in the automaker’s photos — with an aesthetic goal of “fine furniture.”
Details were slim on the tech front, but the iX is 5G-enabled and will have enough data-processing power for what BMW calls its new and improved automated driving and parking functions. (The automaker is currently one of four to offer hands-free lane centering in the U.S.; it’s unclear if the iX advances beyond that.) The giant, curved dashboard display uses the next generation of the automaker’s operating system, but again, other details were sparse.
Performance, Range and Release Date
Full specs weren’t announced, but the iX uses the fifth generation of BMW’s eDrive powertrain, consisting of two electric motors and a battery; horsepower is estimated at 500 and BMW says it should sprint from 0-62 mph in under five seconds.
BMW estimates that the iX’s range will be around 300 miles — much better than the i3’s 153-mile range. The automaker estimates that drivers will be able to add 75 miles of range after just 10 minutes of charging via the onboard DC fast charger. It’ll charge from 10% to 80 % in about 40 minutes. On an 11-kilowatt version of BMW’s Wallbox, it’ll charge from 0 to 100% in around 11 hours, BMW says.
Look for the iX to go on sale at the end of 2021.
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