BMW is pushing ahead with its electrification strategy with the unveiling of the Concept iX3 at Auto China 2018 show in Beijing. The latest member of BMW’s i brand of electric vehicles, the iX3 is the company’s first all-electric SUV concept that promises functionality and comfort without compromises.
Served as a preview of BMW’s upcoming production all-electric X3 mid-size SUV, the Concept iX3 uses the German brand’s fifth-generation electric motor that generates a maximum output of over 200 kW/270 hp. The likewise model-specific high-voltage battery has a net capacity of over 70 kWh, which is enough to give the electric SUV a range of more than 400 kilometres (249 miles).
The energy storage system has a newly developed Charging Control Unit and is designed to be hooked up to fast-charging stations generating up to 150 kW. The high- voltage battery can be charged in just 30 minutes from one of these stations.
BMW says fully electrified vehicles of i brand will in future bear a new i brand logo. This is visible in the concept vehicle both in the side and in the rear. Other distinguishing features of the Concept iX3 include a closed-off BMW kidney grille with familiar 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.
The BMW iX3 production model is expected to launch in 2020, joining the i3 urban electric car and the i8 plug-in hybrid sports car in the company’s electric car line-up.