Prices for BMW’s new iX3 electric SUV announced

Prices for BMW’s new iX3 electric SUV announced

September 16, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

Electric SUV with 282 hp RWD is already available for pre-order in the Premier Edition.

BMW has released pricing for its all-electric iX3 SUV, which is already available for pre-order, ahead of deliveries to UK customers starting summer 2021.

At launch, two exclusive options will be offered: Premier Edition and Premier Edition Pro, priced from £ 61,900 and £ 64,900, respectively. Although not officially confirmed, cheaper options may appear later.

The Premier Edition comes standard with a kit that includes 20-inch aerodynamic alloy wheels, electric tailgate, adaptive suspension and a panoramic sunroof. Power and heated front seats, wireless smartphone charging and a suite of driver assistance systems are also included. There are four exterior colors, two exterior colors and four Vernasca leather colors.

The Premier Edition Pro offers more features such as head-up display, Harman Kardon surround sound system, gesture control, automatic high beam, adjustable lumbar support and Park Assist Plus. It also uses the new BMW IconicSounds Electric technology with an extended “engine” developed in collaboration with composer Hans Zimmer.

Based on the third-generation X3, the electric SUV sits above the i3 supermini and features what BMW describes as the fifth-generation eDrive system. It is equipped with a newly developed electric motor and battery combination that provides 282 hp. and an official WLTP range of 459 km.

First unveiled at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, the iX3 breaks new ground by becoming the first BMW manufactured in China for export to key global markets.

Production of the iX3, the first of three new BMW i-branded electric models to go on sale over the next 18 months, will take place exclusively at the joint venture between BMW and Chinese automaker Brilliance in Shenyang, with right-hand drive UK deliveries scheduled to begin next March. of the year.

While maintaining the appearance of the concept, the production version of the iX3 differs from the standard X3 by a blank front grille with vertical air ducts at each corner, modified sills and a slightly different rear bumper. Blue elements in the radiator grille, sills and rear bumper are used to denote its electric version. The drag coefficient is 0.29Cd.

While its body style might suggest it offers four-wheel drive, the iX3 is slated to be rear-wheel-drive exclusively. Power comes from a rear-mounted 282 hp electric motor.

The engine developed by BMW does not use rare earth metals, which improves environmental friendliness and lowers production costs. The power density is 30% higher than that of the i3 engine. It is also designed to deliver maximum torque at higher steady rpm than any of BMW’s earlier engines. Sources suggest it can hit up to 17,000 rpm compared to the i3’s 14,000 rpm.

This fifth-generation engine will be used not only in the iX3, but also in a more powerful configuration for the upcoming i4 compact sedan and iNext large SUV, both of which are due to arrive by the end of 2021.

BMW says the 0-100 km / h acceleration time is 6.8 seconds for the 2185kg iX3, which is 0.4 seconds slower than the 248bhp turbocharged four-cylinder X3 sDrive30i petrol. The iX3’s top speed is electronically limited.

Power is supplied by an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery powered by 400 V. BMW claims that by integrating the battery in the underbody, the center of gravity is 75 mm lower than the conventional X3, which is called “significantly improved lateral dynamics.” …

Unlike the i3, which uses Samsung batteries, the iX3 uses cells from the Chinese battery manufacturer CATL. BMW says the cobalt content has been significantly reduced, but the main reason for using CATL is due to a regulation that electric cars made in China must use domestically produced batteries.

BMW offers a range of different charging options for the iX3, including 150 kW DC fast charging for 80% charge in 34 miles.