Cars & Technology08 May 2018

Presented for the first time at the Auto China 2018 show in Beijing, the BMW Concept iX3 offers a look ahead at BMW Group's electrification strategy. An all-electric version of the BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) marks the beginning of an expansion of the BMW core brand model line-up.

The BMW Concept iX3 underscores BMW Group’s pledge to strengthen its leading position in the field of electric mobility. The increase of vehicles offering locally emission-free mobility is one of the central spheres of activity on which the company is driving forward the transformation of the mobility sector as part of its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy.

The BMW Concept iX3 features the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology

Fifth generation BMW eDrive technology will debut in the BMW iX3. A key benefit is the grouping together of the electric motor, transmission and power electronics within a new, separate electric drive component. Additionally, it includes new and more powerful batteries. This updated technology brings considerable advances in terms of performance characteristics, operating range, weight, packaging space and flexibility.

The electric motor developed for the SAV generates maximum output of over 200 kW/270hp. The likewise model-specific high-voltage battery has a net capacity of over 70 kWh, which is enough to give the electric SAV a range of more than 249 miles in the WLTP cycle.

The high-voltage battery can be charged in just 30 minutes

Identifying features of the BMW Concept iX3 include a closed-off BMW kidney grille with BMW i car graphic, BMW i Blue accents around the kidney, around the brand logo at the front and along the side skirts, and a diffuser element in the same colour integrated in the rear apron. These styling cues provide a striking contrast against the Moonstone Silver matt exterior paint finish. The concept study is also fitted with light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimised design.

Find out more about the BMW Concept iX3 here.

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