Similar to Nissan with the Ariya, Cadillac with the LYRIQ and Volkswagen with the ID.4, BMW is about to write another chapter in its prestigious history with the launch of the all-new iX electric crossover, inspired by the iNEXT concept from the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Admittedly, this vehicle sounds extremely promising and much better suited to meet the needs of North American customers than the small BMW i3 hatchback (soon to be cancelled) or the iX3 compact SUV aimed at the Chinese market. It might take a while to get used to the unorthodox design, however.
Everything starts with the new interpretation of the brand’s signature double-kidney grille, as seen on the 2021 M3 and M4 sports cars. The difference here is that the grille is completely blanked off with a panel that hides camera technology, radar functions and other sensors for the various driver assistance features. And get this: the surface of the kidney grille has a self-healing effect which can repair minor scratches within 24 hours at room temperature!
In terms of size, the BMW iX is comparable with the X5 in length and width, and is almost the same height as the X6. The large wheels, meanwhile, bring to mind the full-size X7. The flowing roofline contributes to exceptional aerodynamics, as evidenced by the low drag coefficient of just 0.25. The headlights are the slimmest ever to feature on a series-produced model from BMW.
Flooded with light thanks to the huge panoramic sunroof, the five-passenger cabin of the iX is reminiscent of a lounge, with a centre console crafted to look like a high–quality piece of furniture. Highlights include a two-tone interior, hexagonal steering wheel, rocker switch for gear selection and curved digital interface that combines a 12.3-inch instrument panel with a large 14.9-inch centre screen.
The technical aspects of this vehicle are no less impressive. Built around the fifth-generation eDrive electric platform, the iX uses two electric motors that combine to generate over 500 horsepower and accelerate from 0-100 km/h in less than five seconds. As for range, we can expect around 500 kilometres once the EPA and Natural Resources Canada are done with their tests and the official ratings are out.
Furthermore, it appears that 40 minutes of DC fast-charging will be enough to bring the battery from 10-80 percent of its full capacity at up to 200 kilowatts. Ten minutes will give drivers close to 100 kilometres.
More details about the new BMW iX will be announced in the coming months. You see, development is not quite finished yet, and sales in Canada will not begin until 2022. Patience, folks!