New BMW iX3 electric SUV: Munich reveals EV crossover

Published: 14 July 2020

► Production version of Concept iX3
► Based on the X3 SUV
► 282bhp and 285mi range

You’re looking at the new BMW iX3, an all-electric SUV to restart Munich’s BEV push. Featuring the fifth-generation of BMW’s eDrive under a slightly modified X3 body, it marks the first time a BMW will be with BEV, PHEV, petrol or diesel powertrains – something which Munich is furiously working to make the new normal across its range.

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It’ll be built in China and should arrive in some markets this year, with the UK following in 2021. Pricing will be revealed later this year. 

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The iX3 builds on the eDrive technology originally debuted in the i3; battery density has increased and charging capacity has improved, while the motor and power electronics have also benefited from 7 years of R&D. BMW says this system – which is 30% more power dense than that in BMW’s existing BEVs – will later be fitted to the and iX5 (neé INEXT).

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In the iX3, that means 282bhp, 295lb ft of torque, a 0-62mph sprint of 6.8 seconds, and a 112pm top speed. When combined with an 80KWh battery – of which 74kWh is used – the iX3 has a 285-mile range. A single, permanently excited synchronous e-motor on the rear axle features here – something BMW says uses no rare metals in it, unlike other e-motors. Said e-motor will be used in the i4 and iX5.

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Of course, that range depends on a variety of factors, but can be nudged on the longer-side by upping user-controlled regen system.

To differentiate itself from the X3, the iX3 wears BMW’s ‘look it’s electric’ body kit with a closed grille and flashes of blue. It’s good for a drag coefficient of 0.29 and it’ll sound different also: the iX3 will use a Hans Zimmer-composed sound when moving.

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By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast

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