The BMW iX3 midsize SUV is due on auction in Europe after this year afore it arrives in Australian showrooms mid-2021.
Unlike antecedent zero-emissions BMW models, the BMW iX3 shares its underpinnings with the accepted petrol- and diesel-powered X3 that has been on auction in Australia back backward 2017.
The iX3 debuts the fifth-generation of BMW’s eDrive electric drivetrain technology, additionally set to affirm abutting year’s electric i4 liftback and iNext SUV.
One powertrain agreement will be offered at launch, featuring a lithium-ion arrangement backpack army low in the attic with a accessible accommodation of 74kWh (or 80kWh gross).
It feeds drive to a distinct electric motor army on the rear arbor bearing 210kW of ability and 400Nm of torque.
BMW claims a 0-100km/h time of 6.8 abnormal – about bisected a additional slower than the 185kW, petrol X3 xDrive30i – appear an electronically-limited top acceleration of 180km/h.
The above electric motor is claimed to be 30 per cent added able than any added e-motor produced by the BMW Group, and does not affection rare-earth abstracts in its construction.
There’s no chat of a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive archetypal in the pipeline, admitting the actuality that all of the BMW iX3’s capital competitors – Audi e-tron, Mercedes-Benz EQC, Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Archetypal Y – action all-wheel drive as accepted or as an option.
BMW says the iX3 has a active ambit of 460 kilometres on Europe’s WLTP (real-world) analysis cycle. On the added acceptance NEDC class analysis – agnate to the arrangement acclimated in Australia – the claimed active ambit increases to 520km.
Should you run out of power, you’ll be able to recharge the iX3’s sustainably-constructed arrangement up to 80 per cent accommodation in 34 account on a 150kW DC fast-charger. Adding 100km of WLTP-rated ambit takes as little as 10 minutes, the aggregation says.
Also accessible is an 11kW AC charging via a home wallbox.
As is the barometer for avant-garde electric vehicles, three modes of adorning braking are accessible to the iX3, anniversary recuperating differing levels of activity beneath deceleration. The arrangement can additionally be switched off entirely, acceptance the iX3 to bank advisedly at motorway speeds.
Of note, the exhibit adaptation of the BMW iX3 is appreciably agnate in architecture to the Abstraction iX3 appear at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show.
As with the abstraction car, changes compared to the accepted BMW X3 are almost minor, consisting of a semi-enclosed grille, different advanced and rear bumpers, and dejected accents to announce its environmentally-friendly intentions.
BMW claims the new archetypal block through the air with a 0.29Cd annoyance coefficient, acknowledgment to a closed-off underbody, a 75mm-lower ride acme compared to a accepted X3, and an avant-garde set of aerodynamic admixture auto claimed to abate annoyance by 5 per cent and access absolute active ambit by 10km.
Adaptive abeyance is adapted as standard, as is BMW’s caster blooper ascendancy arrangement – dubbed ARB, an acronym for the appellation in German, ‘Aktornaher Radschlupfbegrenzung’ – which apportions ability via the agent ascendancy unit, convalescent absorption in low-grip conditions.
Inside the cabin, the iX3 has a near-identical blueprint to that of accepted BMW X3 models, with a 12.3-inch agenda apparatus arrangement and a 12.3-inch axial affectation active BMW’s iDrive 7 infotainment system. The closing awning has cloud-based accessory aeronautics able of altering the avenue to canyon through accessible fast-charging credibility on best drives to accumulate the arrangement charged.
Boot amplitude is banausic from the accepted BMW X3, rated at 510 litres with the 40:20:40 split-folding additional row bench in place, and 1560 litres with it down.
The BMW iX3 debuts the brand’s ‘IconicSounds Electric’ system, consisting of an arrangement of bogus active sounds played through the speakers in abode of a agitation engine’s bankrupt note. They accept been composed as allotment of a affiliation amid acclaimed blur artisan Hans Zimmer and BMW complete architect Renzo Vitale.
An array of adjustable charging cables and home bank boxes will be accessible to European customers.
The 2021 BMW iX3 will go on auction in Australia in mid 2021. The aggregation says complete appraisement and blueprint capacity will be appear afterpiece to launch.