The BMW iX3 Enters Production Featuring the Automaker's Next-Gen Electric Powertrain
【Summary】German automaker BMW has begun production of its highly anticipated iX3 fully-electric SUV in China. The battery-powered offering will be the first BMW model to feature the company’s next-generation all-electric drivetrain.
German automaker BMW's electrification strategy is going strong and it seems to be paying off. The company recorded an all-time high 46.6% increase in plug-in vehicle sales during Q3 2020.
Now, BMW has begun production of its highly anticipated iX3 fully-electric SUV. The battery-powered offering will be the first BMW model to feature the company's next-generation all-electric drivetrain.
BMW describes the new iX3 as a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and claims that the EV will benefit from the carmaker's fifth-generation electric powertrain tech, which has been designed to offer improved driving range.
BMW first unveiled the iX3 back in 2018 during the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. The iX3 is BMW's first battery-only model since the debut of the BMW i3 hatchback in 2013.
The BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) Chinese joint venture will be responsible for overseeing the production of iX3 SAV. All iX3 models will be manufactured out of BMW's Shenyang manufacturing facility in China and will be exported to other markets around the world.
China also happens to be the world's largest EV market and iX3 will help BMW capitalize on the growing popularity of SUVs with consumers.
By focusing its production operations exclusively in China, BMW has joined the likes of electric brand Polestar, which indicates that the People's Republic is fast becoming a popular destination for EV production.
The head of BBA's Technology and Production division, Franz Decker, recently announced that a new production system has been devised for the iX3. The new system has been designed to deliver high-quality products and meet all requirements that customers around the world might have of their upscale vehicles.
The BMW iX3 will be powered by an 80kWh battery pack, of which 74 kWh will be usable. According to BMW, this will translate into 286 miles (400 kilometers) of all-electric driving range as per WLTP standards, so we expect the real-world range to be around 200 miles.
BMW's fifth-generation electric drivetrain produces a max horsepower of 260 with 295 lb-ft of peak torque. It will be offered in a rear-wheel-drive setup and will accelerate to 60 MPH from a standstill in just 6.8 seconds.
The iX3 will also come equipped with 150 kW recharging capability which means a depleted battery pack can be recharged up to 80% capacity in just 34 minutes using one of BMW's DC fast-charging stations.
BMW recently announced that it will not sell the iX3 in the U.S. The company arrived at this decision after conferring with its U.S. dealer network.
BMW's American dealers felt that iX3's limited driving range will make it difficult for them to sell enough units. The iX3's chief competitor is the Tesla Model Y, which offers 316 miles of range as per EPA estimates.
The battery-powered iX3 will hit dealerships across China and Europe in the coming weeks.
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.
Ford's Lincoln Star Concept Offers a Glimpse into the Electric Future of the Luxury Brand
GM's New 'Plug And Charge' Feature Will Simplify the Charging Process For its Current & Future EVs
Volvo is Building a New EV Service and Training Facility at its U.S. Headquarters in New Jersey To Fast Track its Electrification Plans
Honda's New EV Friendly Retail Plans Hint at the End of Mega Dealerships
Volvo Cars and Epic Games to Partner on a High-Resolution 3D Digital Driver’s Display Powered by the Unreal Engine
Here's One Way Lucid Motors Made the Air Sedan More Spacious for Passengers
The 2023 Polestar 2: Delivery Updates, New Pricing, Color Options and New Tech
The Genesis X Speedium Coupe EV Concept Debuts in New York City
- Tesla’s Enhanced Autopilot Returns With Some Features From 'Full Self-Driving'
- California’s Electric Vehicle Sales for Q1-Q3 2022 Show That Tesla is Facing Growing Competition
- Tesla Rival XPeng Inc. to Start Deliveries of its New Flagship G9 Electric SUV in September, CEO Confirms After Sharing New Details
- Mercedes-Benz Begins Production of the Highly Anticipated EQS Electric SUV in Alabama
- China Has Installed Around 4.7 Million Electric Vehicle Charging Poles as of October 2022
- Acura Prevision EV Concept Previews Brand’s Electric Future
- Mazda Outlines Plans to Invest $10.6 Billion in Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Development Through 2030
- EV Charging Provider ChargePoint to Install Hundreds of Chargers at Apartments and Condo Complexes Across California
- FCA to Pay $300 Million Fine for Emissions-Cheating Vehicles
- Report Claims Nissan Leaf Will Be Discontinued by 2025