BMW is expanding its all-electric model range with a new entry-level variant of the iX2 compact crossover.
Going on sale in March, the iX2 eDrive20 is a two-wheel-drive companion to the all-wheel-drive xDrive30, which is already available.
The front-wheel-drive iX2 eDrive20 offers 198bhp in place of the 309bhp of the all-wheel-drive variant, resulting in a 0-62mph time of 8.6 seconds. That is a full three seconds slower than its more expensive partner.
However, it retains the same 64.8kWh battery. Thanks to the eDrive20’s lower power, that offers up a driving range of between 273 and 297 miles, compared with the 259-266 for the more powerful model.
Standard on-board charging is via 11kW AC but this can be upgraded to 22kW to take advantage of faster commercial AC chargers. The iX2’s DC charging operates at up to 130kW means drivers can add 75 miles of range in just 10 minutes, according to BMW.
As is to be expected, the single-motor iX2 will cost less than the current twin-motor version when it arrives in the spring. Prices will start at £51,615 for the iX2 eDrive20 M Sport, while the xDrive30 starts at £57,445.
Along with the more efficient powertrain, spring will also bring new exterior finishes to the iX2 and updated digital services. Among the updates to the BMW operating system are improvements to the display of ratings for charging stations, as well as the expansion of the My BMW app.