BMW's first all-electric iX3 SUV will be in SA sooner than you think

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The BMW iX3 will go on sale globally later in 2021.

The electric powertrain generates 210kW and 400Nm.

Inspiring and Impressive are the two equipment lines on offer.

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BMW is further reinforcing its hybrid and electric vehicle portfolio by introducing its all-new iX3 that will go on sale in some markets later in 2021.

BMW South Africa says the iX3 SUV will arrive locally during the first quarter of 2022. Pricing and local model specification will be revealed closer to its time of launch.

BMW iX3
BMW iX3

Serving as the German automaker's first all-electric SUV, the plan is to bring 25 new vehicles to market, these being PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) and EVs (electric vehicles), by 2023.

The iX3 will be powered by a 74kWh battery that generates 210kW and 400Nm, sent to the rear wheels, enabling it to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds. Its charge is impressive, generating a range of 100km in 10 minutes using a 150kW DC charger, with it offering 460 - 520km on a full charge.

BMW iX3
BMW iX3

EV reinforcement

On the design front, 19-inch wheels come standard with an option of larger 20-inches and adaptive LED headlights. Laserlight can be ordered as an option. Inside is a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, Sensatec sport seats and Live Cockpit Professional complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

READ | BMW's iX3 and 'iNEXT' - What to expect from the German automaker in 2021 and beyond

Drivers can choose between 'Inspiring' or 'Impressive' equipment lines that include luxuries like automatic tailgate operation, a panoramic glass roof, electrically adjustable seats, three-zone automatic climate control system, acoustic glazing, Vernasca leather trim, Harman Kardon Surround Sound System and BMW Iconic Sounds Electric.

BMW iX3
BMW iX3

Driving Assistant Professional with the Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, automatic Speed Limit Assist and route monitoring, Parking Assistant with Reversing Assist Camera and Reversing Assistant form part of the standard driver assistance systems.

As it stands, the iX3 completes the X3 family lineup, given that the range already consists of petrol, diesel, and PHEV offerings.

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