• The BMW iX will be launched with a choice of two model variants - xDrive40 and xDrive50.
• Also set to join the model line-up at a later date is the M60.
• It is due to be launched globally from November 2021.
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BMW's new electrification strategy, which will see 25 EVs on the road by 2023, is in full swing and, with the launch of its first-ever iX SUV, further nails down this notion.
Due to arrive in November 2021, it will be launched with a choice of two model all-electric variants - an xDrive40 producing 240kW and 630Nm with a total range of 425km and an xDrive50 producing 385kW and 765Nm with a 630km range. The xDrive50 runs from 0 to 100km/h in 4.6 seconds, while the xDrive40 does it in 6.1-seconds - power is sent to all four wheels via an electric all-wheel-drive system.
Also set to join the model line-up at a later date is the M60, with maximum output in excess of 440kW.
Under the skin
The aluminium spaceframe chassis, use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the roof, side and rear sections, in addition to the battery located at the bottom, lowers the centre of gravity and improves overall weight distribution.
All models feature a double-wishbone front axle, five-link rear axle, lift-related dampers and an electric steering system with Servotronic function and a variable ratio. Two-axle air suspension with electronically controlled dampers, Integral Active Steering and Sport brakes are available as options.
The blanked-off BMW kidney grille is one of the biggest attractions of the exterior. Other aesthetic bits include the 20-inch light-alloy wheels that come as standard, though there is a choice of bigger 21 and 22-inch Air Performance Wheels, which can be fitted with noise-reduced tyres.
With Adaptive recuperation, the driver can choose between high, medium or low Brake Energy Regeneration to boost the overall range. The xDrive50 is fitted with a 105.2kWh battery, while the unit for the xDrive40 has a net energy content of 71kWh. The Combined Charging Unit (CCU) in the iX allows the battery's state of charge to be increased from 10 to 80% in around 35 minutes in the xDrive50 or 31 minutes in the xDrive40. The range can also be increased by up to 150km for the xDrive50 and over 95km for the xDrive40 in just ten minutes when plugged into a DC fast-charging station.
Inside is a curved display formed by a 12.3-inch information display and a control display with a screen diagonal of 14.9 inches, also playing host to the hexagonal steering wheel. It features BMW ConnectedDrive Store, Navigation using the cloud-based system BMW Maps and Augmented Reality Video.
There is a choice of three different trims for customising the interior. Also part of the cabin is an automatic climate control system with a nanofibre filter. The system works in unison with the seat and steering wheel heating. There is also an optional Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System. The BMW Iconic Sounds Electric function included as standard that allows new sound variants from a collaboration with film score composer Hans Zimmer.
Driver assistance systems include a front collision warning system, optional Steering and Lane Control Assistant, the optional Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go function, exit warning function and Remote Theft Recorder, which are both new features. The Parking Assistant forms part of the standard equipment list, including Reversing Assist Camera and the Reversing Assistant.
The iX will be produced at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing.