BMW Reveals All-Electric iX3 Crossover for Europe and China
【Summary】It might not be coming to the United States, but the iX3 is a huge step forward for BMW’s electric future
Like nearly every automaker, BMW has big plans for an electrified future. At the moment, BMW's on the back foot with its electric vehicles, as the automaker only offers the sporty i8 and the urban i3. But that's going to change soon, as the German automaker finally unveiled the iX3 in full this month. While the iX3 won't be sold in America, it's only going to China (where it's built) and Europe, it's still a momentous vehicle for the brand.
New iX3 Finally Arrives
The iX3 is based on the compact X3 crossover that BMW sells in the U.S., so it's roughly the same size as the Tesla Model Y. Still, BMW managed to fit an 80-kWh battery pack into the SUV, which results in a range of 285 miles on the new WLTP cycle. Since it's not coming to the U.S., there's no reason to speculate how much that would be on the EPA's cycle, but it wouldn't nearly be as high.
Power comes from a single electric motor that's mounted on the rear axle. It produces 282 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. As far as pep goes, the iX3 can go from zero to 62 mph in roughly 6.8 seconds and has a top speed of 112 mph. Hans Zimmer, the famous German film score composer, came out with a custom driving noise for the electric crossover, too. BMW claims the iX3 can support an all-wheel-drive, dual-motor configuration, but for the moment, the electric crossover is rear-wheel drive only.
The battery pack can handle being charged at 150-kW, which allows it to go from zero percent to 80 percent in roughly 34 minutes. A range of 62 miles can be regained in as little as 10 minutes when plugged into a charger with that kind of output. One pedal driving is available for drivers that want to get some fuel economy back while moving.
Why The iX3 Is Important
For BMW, the iX3 is an important vehicle. Its underpinnings will be used on a few of its future electric vehicles, including the upcoming i4 sedan and the iNext SUV. It also gives BMW a direct competitor to the Tesla Model Y, Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace, and Mercedes-Benz EQC. For BMW's first attempt at an electric crossover, the iX3 has a competitive amount of range.
The iX3 has been a long wait for BMW, which showed a lot of promise by coming out with the i8 and the i3 before any other traditional automaker began even thinking about futuristic powertrains. BMW changed its mind on bringing the iX3 to America this March. The lack of all-wheel drive, the introduction of tariffs, and the lack of strong sales in the country all could've swayed BMW's decision. By 2025, BMW plans to introduce 12 all-electric models.
Vineeth Joel Patel
Joel Patel has been covering all aspects of the automotive industry for four years as an editor and freelance writer for various websites. When it comes to cars, he enjoys covering the merger between technology and cars. In his spare time, Joel likes to watch baseball, work on his car, and try new foods
Consumer Reports Looks to Help Consumers by Introducing Green Choice Designation
Tesla Model Y Standard Range Disappears From Site, Still Available to Purchase
2022 IONIQ 5 Kicks Off Hyundai’s Major EV Push
Mercedes-Benz Pulls the Plug on Bringing the EQC to America
Tesla Shakes up Pricing for the Tesla Model 3, Model Y
With Peak Oil in the Past, Shell Pivots to Adding EV Charging Stations
15 States Sue the NHTSA Over Emissions Penalties
Every Tesla Failed to Uphold Its Estimated Range in Edmunds’ Testing
- 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E Deliveries Delayed Over Quality Issues
- China’s Newest New Energy Vehicle Startup Li Auto Reaches Sales of 30,000 Units This Year
- Ford-backed Autonomous Driving Developer Argo AI Conducts Pilot to Study How Traffic Can Flow More Efficiently Using AI
- Apple in Talks With Multiple Lidar Suppliers to Buy Sensors for its Self-driving Car
- The Tesla Model 3 Will Now Share More Components with the Model Y Crossover
- Tesla Challenger Lucid Motors Completes Phase 1 Construction of its ‘Future Ready’ EV Factory in Arizona
- The Latest Tesla Model S & Model X Ditch the 12-volt Lead-Acid Accessory Battery for Lithium-ion
- China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Issues a Guidebook to Help Automakers Source Chips Amid Global Shortages
- German Aviation Startup Lilium Announces Plans to Build 10 U.S. ‘Vertiports’ for its 4-Passenger eVTOL Aircraft
- Newly Formed Auto Group 'Stellantis' Debuts on European Stock Markets, Shares Rise Nearly 8%