Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

BMW iX3 Electric Crossover Concept Debuts in Beijing, Production Set for 2020

BMW iX3 Electric Crossover Concept Debuts in Beijing, Production Set for 2020

The BMW iX3 will go on sale in 2020 and will rival the likes of Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-Tron Quattro and Mercedes-Benz EQ C. The expansion of the company's range of vehicles offering locally emission-free mobility is one of the central spheres of activity defined by the Automated, Connected, Electrified and Services (ACES) technological fields, on which the company is driving forward the transformation of the mobility sector as part of its NUMBER ONE NEXT strategy.

BMW has unveiled its much-promised all-electric iX3 SUV at the Beijing motor show today.

BMW say the iX3 gets a battery pack "more than" 70kWh to power the 266bhp electric motor, although it would seem likely that any production model could get an additional rear axle electric motor to add to that and deliver 4WD and impressive performance.

"In the future this flexible architecture will be suitable for all front, rear and all wheel drive propulsion systems".

The BMW brand is progressively advancing in bringing all-electric facilities to its vehicles. "This offers the opportunity to equip models of all our brands with various powertrains", BMW said.

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As is so often the case, the iX3 is a concept in name only.

Aesthetically, the iX3 is immediately recognisable as a BMW X model.

All by 2025, the company BMW plans to release 25 serial of electrified models. "That means a pure combustion engine, plug-in hybrid or battery powered drive system can be integrated into any model as desired". Nevertheless, the production version of the iX3 might still receive the current hardware. According to unofficial data, the total capacity of electric power plant iX3 will be 270 HP Without recharging the vehicle can travel up to 400 km. auto is available For Express charging, which replenishes 80% of the battery in 30 minutes. An enlarged kidney grille, that's filled in to improve aero efficiency, dominates the front fascia which has smaller air inlets and smoother surfacing, too, compared to the mainstream BMW X3.

Finished in a striking matt Moonstone Silver, by far the most interesting aspects of the X3-derived design of the concept are the details, such as its conjoined, blue-accented version of the iconic "double-kidney" grille. The concept is also fitted with light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimised design.

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