The BMW Concept iX3 advances the new BMW electric car in SUV format
By: Fedora Atjeh | April 25, 2018
|The BMW Concept iX3 advances the new BMW electric car in SUV format|
BMW has just presented the Concept iX3 debuting at the Beijing Motor Show. It is a 100% electric model developed on the basis of the current BMW X3 and whose commercialization will start in 2020.
For BMW, this car is a declaration of intent, since it is the first electric car of the brand that fits into the main range of the manufacturer and not as a separate model, in the style of the BMW i3 and BMW i8.
It will be manufactured in China in 2020, at the Shenyang factory that it owns together with the local manufacturer Briliance China Automotive Holdings. It will also be the first BMW to make use of the new architecture that allows on the same platform to develop an electric car, hybrid or internal combustion engine, front, rear or integral traction.
The BMW Concept iX3 equips an electric motor with more than 200 kW (270 hp). This fifth generation of the eDrive kinematic chain combines the electric motor, transmission and control electronics in a single unit.
This module, more compact than the current ones, is also lighter and allows greater flexibility when developing new models. On the other hand, BMW says that this electric motor does not need rare earth metals, such as neodymium.
400 km of autonomy in 30 minutes of loading
The battery associated with this engine has a net capacity of 70 kWh and gives the BMW Concept iX3 a range of 400 km, according to the realistic WLTP cycle. Like the Audi e-tron, it is possible to recharge the iX3 in 30 minutes in a supercharger of up to 150 kW.
Do not forget that Audi and BMW are part of Ionity, the network of European superchargers that have a capacity of up to 150 kW. As for the transmission, BMW does not specify whether it is a rear, front or integral drive.
Aesthetically, the Concept iX3 is very similar to the current BMW X3. The main differences are a front redesigned with a closed double kidney grille BMW, rims, skirts and rear diffuser designed to improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the X3.
When it hits the market in 2020, the BMW iX3 will face a number of premium electric SUVs that came to market before it, such as the Jaguar i-Pace, the Audi e-tron (both marketed from the second half of 2018). ) and the Mercedes EQ, scheduled for 2019.