Following the announcement of the new i4 saloon, BMW has released further details on its new electric SUV, the iX.
The model range will launch later this year in November and will consist of the BMW iX xDrive50 which has a combined output of 523hp and a range of up to 380 miles. The line-up will also include the BMW iX xDrive40 that produces 326hp and is able to cover up to 257 miles on a single charge.
The BMW iX xDrive50 posts acceleration of 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds, while the BMW iX xDrive40 coverING the same sprint in 6.1 seconds.
Also set to join the model range at a later date is the BMW iX M60 which has an expected maximum output in excess of 600hp.
DC power can be taken on board at a rate of up to 195 kW for the iX xDrive50 model, or 150 kW for the iX xDrive40 version. This allows the battery charge to be increased from 10 to 80%t in around 35 minutes in the BMW iX xDrive50 or 31 minutes in the BMW iX xDrive40.
The announcement of the iX variants follows the news of BMW’s first premium electric car, the i4, which will also be available from November.
The iX is priced from £69,905, with the most expensive iX xDrive50 M Sport model checking in at £94,905.
The BMW iX shares some similarities with the Group’s well-known x3 model and interestingly, the new iX will be produced at BMW’s Dingolfing plant in Bavaria, which manufactures all-electric, plug-in hybrid and combustion-engine models on a single assembly line.
The high-voltage battery located low down in the car’s underbody lowers the centre of gravity. The standard chassis technology for the BMW iX comprises a double-wishbone front axle, five-link rear axle, lift-related dampers and an electric steering system with Servotronic function and a variable ratio.
Two-axle air suspension with electronically controlled dampers and Integral Active Steering are standard on BMW iX Drive50 variants, while the M Sport trim level enhances braking performance further still with M Sport brakes as standard. Both the iX Drive40 and iX Drive50, in either Sport or M Sport specification, feature 21-inch alloy wheels.
Both variants will be available in Sport or M Sport trim levels, with the extensive standard specification including 21-inch alloy wheels, Driving Assistant Professional, Parking Assistant, BMW Live Cockpit Professional, climate comfort windscreen, four-zone air conditioning, heated front seats, wireless phone charging and Shadow Line exterior trim. An array of options, including dedicated Packs that group extras that complement each other, allow for further personalisation.