China launches new BMW iX3 soonJune 9, 2020
The production of new items starts at Brilliance, which is the Chinese partner of BMW.
serial production of the electric BMW iX3 may begin before the end of summer, and the first cars will begin to arrive by customers before the end of 2020. The company noted that the BMW Group continues to adhere to the electrification strategy and launches the first electric model under the main BMW brand. Previously, all environmentally friendly models were sold under the sub-brand BMW i.
Just the other day, the two hundredth test prototype of the model came off the assembly line of the BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) joint venture in China. This means that the factory and all employees are officially ready to start production.
It is noted that different versions of the model – the electric BMW iX3 and the traditional BMW X3 – are produced on the same line, which allows to achieve high efficiency and production flexibility. The BMW iX3 will be the first concern model available with all types of power plant: gasoline and diesel engines, a plug-in hybrid and an all-electric option.
Earlier, our editors became aware of the technical characteristics of the electric crossover. So, the model received a new fifth-generation BMW eDrive powerplant, which is much lighter and more compact than its predecessors due to the combination of an electric motor, transmission and power electronics in one unit. The crossover is equipped with one electric motor, which will be located on the rear axle. Its return is 286 hp. and 400 Nm of torque. A 74 kilowatt-hour traction battery will make it possible to demonstrate a nominal mileage of 440 kilometers. The BMW i4 and BMW iNext, which debut in 2021, will also receive fifth-generation BMW eDrive.
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