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BMW iX is the latest Bespoke Electric Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV)

Written by Nizam Shaikh

BMW has unveiled the iNEXT all-electric SUVs production-spec version the iX which is expected to go on sale by the end of 2021. Through the iX, BMW has made a fresh interpretation of the design and sustainability in the brand’s SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) segment. BMW Group has given us a glimpse of what we can expect when the iX is introduced in the future, as the model is still in its development phase. 

Powering the BMW iX is the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology that comes with two electric motors manufactured by the BMW Group without using the raw materials known as rare earth. This makes the power unit sustainable and the brand has revealed that according to their recent calculations the power unit is capable of producing over 500 Hp of power that can propel the iX from 0-100 kmph in under 5 seconds. 

The BMW iX will be powered by the latest generation high-voltage battery pack that is expected to enable the iX with a range of 600 km on the WLTP cycle which is equivalent to 482 km on the EPA’s FTP-75 test (Predicted Values). The BMW iX is compatible for fast charging for up to 200 kW which can charge the battery from 10% to 80% state of charge in under 40 minutes and takes less than 11 hours to charge from 0-100% from an 11 kW wall box charger. 

On the outside, the BMW iX is almost as large as the BMW X5 and nearly the same height as the X6 while the wheel size is close to the size of the X7. The BMW iX features clean lines with rectangular contours around the wheel arches and optimised aerodynamics. The front features a vertical kidney grille which has been blanked off and turned into a digital panel that houses the radar technology, camera and various sensors integrated into a grille behind the transparent panel. The iX also comes with sleek LED headlamp units, flush-mounted door handles frameless doors, sleek rear lights and a seamless tailgate that extend across the complete rear. 

On the inside, the BMW iX features integral head restraints an exceptionally large panoramic glass roof that covers all five-seat in the cabin. The displays have also been stripped down to the essentials reinforcing the uncluttered look of the cabin. The BMW iX also features a hexagonally shaped steering wheel and a rocker switch for gear selector and also features a curved display. 

The BMW iX harnesses the latest technology in electrification, connectivity and automated driving technology. The brand has chosen the minimalistic route for its exteriors while the interiors are offered with new innovative options offering safety as well as relaxation. The BMW iX will become the company’s new technology flagship and will go into production at BMW manufacturing facility in Dingolfing.