The all-electric BMW iX3 SUV is not coming to the United States. But the company is still trumpeting the iX3 as the beginning of its major EV campaign – and the debut of a more capable EV drive system. The production of the version of the iX3 was unveiled today. If nothing else, it provides new images for the best glimpse yet of the model.
The iX3, the brand’s first all-electric SUV, debuts in China later this year and in Europe in early 2021. It will be followed by the i4 sedan and larger iNEXT crossover, which will be the first new electric Bimmers to arrive in the US since the i3 compact in 2013.
The iX3 is the first of 13 pure EVs that BMW is expected to introduce by 2023. Sales of the iX3 in America were nixed by US BMW dealers who thought the range from its 74-kWh battery pack would not be enough for buyers in the states.
BMW confirmed the specs of the iX3. The iX3’s 80-kilowatt-hour battery pack – 74 kWh of which is useable – offers a range of 460 kilometers (286 miles) using the generous WLTP testing numbers. That likely translates to around 200 miles in real-world driving.
The iX3 features a 210 kW (282 horsepower) electric motor. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmh (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds.
One-pedal driving is available. DC fast charging goes up to 150 kilowatts. And a standard adaptive suspension can optimize the level of sportiness or comfort.
While none of those specs and features are ground-breaking, the company claims that it has made significant gains in EV capability while reducing costly materials. According to BMW, the iX3’s NMC 811 chemistry, which uses more nickel and less cobalt than previous recipes, has an energy density roughly 20% better than previous BMW electrified models. The power density of the entire electric drive system is increased by 30% over existing BMW EVs.