BMW iX3 To Get 74 kWh Pack (Net) And Over 440 KM Of WLTP Range

The BMW iX3is coming next year with solid specs. Let’s check out the official numbers.

BMW today officially revealed preliminary data about the upcoming all-electric BMW iX3, which is scheduled for market launch in Europe, China and North America in 2020.

The iX3 is the first BMW based on the new 5th generation drivetrain and will be built on the long-wheelbase X3 – G08 codename.

With the introduction of the iX3, the X3 model (called also Sports Activity Vehicle – SAV) will become the first BMW model offered in conventional gasoline and diesel versions, as well as plug-in hybrid and all-electric versions.

The preliminary numbers reveal WLTP range of more than 440 km (273 miles) using a 74 kWh battery pack (the useable capacity). We don’t know the total battery capacity, but we do know that the cells (NCM 811 type) will be supplied by CATL. The energy density on the cell level will be 20% above cells currently used in other electric BMWs.

“With a net energy content of 74 kWh*, the high-voltage battery unit installed in the BMW iX3 achieves a range of more than 440 km* in the legislative WLTP test cycle. Within its segment, the BMW iX3 boasts not only a unique low power consumption of less than 20 kWh/100km* accordingly to the WLTP test cycle, but also stands for a novel ratio between battery size and range.
Thanks to the favourable efficiency rating of the drive components and the high energy density of the high-voltage battery unit, the BMW iX3 achieves a range that is only possible for common electric vehicles with larger and thus heavier batteries. “

BMW ensures us that “an extremely flat” battery will not impact the passengers or the luggage compartment, compared to conventional X3.

“The high-voltage battery unit in the BMW iX3 is installed in an extremely flat position in the vehicle floor. Thanks to this arrangement, there is no loss of space for passengers and the luggage compartment compared to the conventionally powered versions of the BMW X3.”

BMW Concept iX3 (04/2018).

Overall, we must admit, that the preliminary specs fit quite well with the the rumored sDrive75: Rear-Wheel Drive version.

BMW mentioned so far only a single powertrain option – RWD with 210 kW/400 Nm electric motor, without rare earth metals.

“The electric motor used in the BMW iX3 transfers power to the rear wheels. This effectuates a further increase in drive system efficiency. Moreover, the range of the BMW iX3 benefits from the drive design conveying the traditional BMW rear-wheel drive experience.”

BMW iX3 specs (preliminary data):

Prototype production of future fifth-generation BMW Group e-drive train: electric motor, transmission and power electronics are combined in a separate, compact e-drive component.

The production of the iX3 will commence in 2020 at the joint venture BMW Brilliance Automotive in Shenyang, China.

In 2021, iX3 will be joined by the i4 and iNEXT models (both produced in Germany).

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