Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

BMW iX3 Electric SUV Revealed At Beijing Motor Show

BMW iX3 Electric SUV Revealed At Beijing Motor Show

As its name suggests, the BMW iX3 Concept is an EV version of the BMW X3 SUV - a vehicle that has never been offered as a plug-in hybrid, let alone in fully electric form.

The reveal of the BMW iX3 Concept marks a shift in the German marque's electrification strategy, as it plans to release a line of all-electric models, starting with the iX3, from 2020. The iX3 is certainly going to be an exciting product from BMW. It will be produced in China under the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture.

Mounted on to the chassis in this instance is a 268bhp all-electric setup using a 70 kWh battery pack that allows up to 249 miles of range - with a 150 kw fast-charging point capable of refilling the battery in just 30 minutes.

BMW says that the iX3's electric drive system is the fifth iteration of its battery technology, and it combines new batteries with an electric motor, transmission, and all the necessary control electronics bundled into one section of the auto.

The Concept iX3 is powered by the fifth generation BMW's eDrive technology. This technology groups the electric motor, transmission, and power electronics into a new separate electric dive component. The operating area, poundage, packaging space, and flexibility come courtesy of the fresh introduction of new technologies too.

Further, the company claims that the new tech helps it to significantly lower the production costs compared to the current units.

Talking of the looks, BMW hasn't tried to differentiate it much from the basis X3 variants.

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The new BMW iX3 features signature kidney grille which is closed to reduce air resistance.

The concept also has light-alloy wheels with an aerodynamic design and a Moonstone silver paint job that contrasts the bright blue detailing on the skirts. Lastly, there's an integrated rear bumper diffuser in the iX3.

Underneath the body, however, things are very different with the iX3 previewing a new flexible architecture able to accommodate electric, hybrid or combustion engine drivetrains, as well as front, rear or all-wheel drive layouts.

According to BMW, such levels of tweaks can be expected in its future electrified models as well.

In the front, the kidney and the brand emblem show the affiliation with the BMW i brand.

"We don't invent a completely new auto with the design". The BMW company is looking to automated, connected, electrified and services technologies in order to revolutionize its image. Unlike the i3 and i8, the iX3 is a fully-fledged i model. Such an arrangement will help the automaker to quickly adjust the production based on the demand.

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