Signaling an EV assault planned by BMW for this decade, the BMW iX3 finally makes its debut as a production model after being previewed in conceptual form in April 2018. Not surprisingly, it is almost a carbon copy of the showcar from Beijing, until the design of these aerodynamic wheels reducing the drag coefficient by five percent.
The elegant wheels contribute to the relatively low drag coefficient of the electric SUV of 0.29, which was also achieved by installing a largely closed grille and underbody to reduce wind resistance. It’s still a compact X3-based crossover in terms of design, but it’s 7.5 centimeters (2.9 inches) shorter than versions with combustion engines.
As previously announced by BMW, at the heart of the iX3 is a single electric motor sending power to the rear wheels, without any word on a possible xDrive variant with two engines at this stage. It produces 282 horsepower (210 kilowatts) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton meters) of torque to allow a sprint of 0 to 60 mph (96 km / h) in 6.8 seconds.
The German luxury brand wants to point out that the EV acceleration performance is comparable to that of the X3 30i, but keep in mind that top speed is electronically controlled at 112 mph (180 km / h) to preserve autonomy as much as possible. Speaking of which, the 80 kWh battery pack has a useful capacity of 74 kWh and has a range of 286 miles (460 km) per WLTP. This is actually more than what the concept had and also a little more than the initial estimates made by BMW for the production model.
Once you run out of juice, taking over the 150 kW charge means you can charge the battery from 0 to 80% in exactly 34 minutes. BMW did the math and said that 10 minutes of charging translates to 62 miles (100 kilometers) of range depending on the WLTP regime.
Market launch is planned for later this year and production will take place in Shenyang, China, through the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture. For the moment, the iX3 is not planned for an American launch.