All you need to know about BMW's first electric SA-bound SUV, the iX3

BMW iX3. Image: BMW Press
BMW iX3. Image: BMW Press

• New BMW iX3 makes its world debut. 

• The iX3 is the first fully electric BMW SUV.

• The eDrive electric motor pumps out a 210kW and peak torque of 400Nm. 

BMW showed its concept iX3 two years ago and now we have the production model that is set to arrive in South Africa in the final quarter of 2021. 

The carmaker says it will be produced for export at the Shenyang manufacturing facility in China, and not on the production line in Rosslyn, Pretoria like the normal X3 range. 

The iX3 is powered by a fifth-generation eDrive high-voltage battery with gross energy content of 80kWh that translates into a range of up to 460 kilometres in the statutory new WLTP test cycle (up to 520 kilometres in the NEDC test cycle). 

BMW say the power density of the electric drive system has increased by 30% in comparison to the current EVs in its range.

The eDrive electric motor pumps out a 210kW and peak torque of 400Nm and can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 6.8 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 180km/h. 

Interestingly, the power is sent to the rear wheels exclusively. 

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Image: BMW Press

When it comes to charging BMW says the vehicle charging capacity of up to 150kW at DC fast-charging stations while recharging from 0 to 80% of the high-voltage battery’s capacity takes 34 minutes, 10-minute charge adds 100 kilometres of range (WLTP).

An electric car doesn't emit any noise as it has no engine, but the iX3 is benefits from the brand's IconicSounds Electric system. Essentially, BMW joined forces with world-renowned composer Hans Zimmer to develop sounds for EV models. BMW says it adds "extra emotional depth to the driving experience".

The Powerful drive sound available in cars with the equipment line "Impressive" and is activated when starting and deactivating the electric drive system. Who said electric cars are boring?

Compiled by Sean Parker

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Image: BMW Press

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