BMW gives a first glimpse of the iX, its future electric and autonomous SUV that will encroach on Tesla’s flowerbeds at the end of 2021.
Here it is at last! Announced for many months, the iX reveals itself. One year before its commercial launch, scheduled for the end of 2021, BMW is today offering a first glimpse of its future electric SUV, the production version of which is currently still in the final development phase.
Close to the Vision iNext concept for 2018
As expected, the model is very close to the Vision iNext concept presented in 2018. It has the same imposing dimensions, close to those of an X5, as well as a style that is both futuristic and minimalist.
In particular, the iX features the prominent double vertical grille that BMW has come to love. This is full and houses all the radars, cameras and other sensors needed for autonomous driving. Because yes, the iX is largely automated. It is BMW’s new technological flagship.
But let’s get back to the look. The SUV not only has an astonishing grille, but also the finest headlights ever installed on a BMW production model. There are also flush door handles at the touch of a button, frameless side windows and a tailgate that stretches across the entire rear section without a dividing joint.
Luxury, space and technology on the inside
Once on board, BMW announces that “generous space, a mix of high-quality materials, completely new seats with integrated head restraints and an exceptionally large panoramic glass roof immerse the five occupants (…) in the atmosphere of a luxury lounge.
The whole ensemble is elegant, uncluttered and modern. To avoid spoiling anything, the brand has made extensive use of natural and recycled materials.
The high-tech equipment is not to be outdone and includes a head-up display integrated into the dashboard and a curved screen that is part of the new-generation BMW operating system (12.3 inches for the digital instrument cluster and 14.9 inches for the central screen).
Discover the BMW iX video.
Up to 600 km range!
The German manufacturer also highlights “intelligent lightweight construction” with “an aluminum chassis and an innovative carbon shell”, as well as “optimized aerodynamic properties” “with a coefficient of drag (Cx) of only 0.25”.
All this guarantees maximum SUV autonomy. Thanks to a latest-generation high-voltage battery of more than 100 kWh, the iX could travel up to 600 kilometers on a single charge (WLTP cycle)!
Its battery can be charged from 10 to 80% of its full capacity in less than 40 minutes (fast DC charging with a power of up to 200 kW). And “10 minutes of battery charging increases the car’s range by more than 120 kilometers,” says BMW. Count 11 hours for a recharge from 0 to 100% to 11 kW from a Wallbox.
500 electric horsepower
Finally, on the motorization side, two electric motors drive the beast. One per axle. These develop a maximum power of 500 hp, which will propel the car from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds.
Manufactured in the Dingolfing plant from the second half of 2021, the BMW iX will arrive on our roads shortly afterwards. It will then be the first of a long line. Tesla, in particular, has only to be well behave …