An Electric BMW iX3 Might be Launched in the U.S. with a 75 kWh Battery
【Summary】BMW plans on kicking off the expansion of its electrified portfolio with the introduction of its first-ever all-electric SUV next year
German luxury car manufacturer BMW is all set to expand its electric i-Series lineup next year. The company plans on kicking off the expansion of its electrified portfolio with the introduction of its first-ever all-electric SUV, the BMW iX3.
BMW also has plans of adding four more all-electric models by the year 2021, which include the Mini Electric, BMW i3, i4, and iNEXT.
We first got a glimpse of this new electric crossover back in 2018 and the e-SUV is now production-ready and has been spotted camouflaged while road testing on several occasions.
BMW has confirmed that iX3 will be manufactured in China and exported globally. Industry rumors suggest that the underpinnings of iX3 will be based on BMW's long-wheelbase X3 platform and a rear-wheel-drive model might also be offered in the North American market.
The model's name is rumored to be sDrive75, in which the "75" represents the iX3's 75 kWh battery pack.
So far, BMW has not disclosed any further details about the upcoming electric SUV. However, unofficial reports claim that the electric iX3 might get a 200 KW electric motor paired to a 75 kWh battery pack instead of the smaller 70 kWh unit installed in the concept car.
The new electric SUV is also expected to come with DC fast charging capabilities and be compatible with a 150 KW DC fast charger. Drivers will be able to charge the iX3 almost completely in about 30 minutes using a 150 kWh DC fast charger.
The range of BMW iX3 is being predicted to be somewhere in the upwards of the 250 miles (400 kilometers) mark of WLTP range.
In terms of performance, the electric powertrain is expected to produce around 300 horsepower. There are also speculations suggesting that the U.S.-bound model might get some type of level-2 self-driving features as standard, although that's still unclear.
With the iX3's introduction next year, the BMW X3 range will grow to feature an electric, internal combustion or hybrid variant of the compact SUV model. BMW plans on offering the same options for every model in its portfolio.
Manish Kharinta is a automotive writer based in the Los Angeles area. He has worked for automotive industry websites TheSmokingClutch.com, CarDekho.com and CarBikeindia.com. His experience ranges from covering auto shows, to car reviews and breaking automotive news. Manish aims to bring forth his unique perspective on automotive design and technological innovations in the automotive industry.
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