BMW has finally unveiled its first all-electric crossover SUV called the BMW iX3. The BMW iX3 is essentially the electric version of the X3, and it will be produced at the BMW Brilliance Automotive plant in China beginning in late summer.
Starting off with the design, the BMW iX3’s overall shape remains the same. Though as with every electric vehicle, the BMW iX3 features a lot of futuristic cues to showcase its forward-thinking powertrain. Yes, it still has that iconic kidney grille, but it does provide cooling for the electric powertrain under its hood. Other unique design details include aerodynamic wheels and a host of blue exterior highlights.
Naturally, the BMW iX3 does not emit any sound when pressing the engine start button. However, BMW’s sound designer Renzo Vitale has used this opportunity to collaborate with Hans Zimmer (yes, THE Hans Zimmer) to create unique start-up sounds. If you want to hear how it sounds like, you can check the video down below and go to 10:03. As for the rest of the interior, it remains largely the same as the X3. Of course, the expected obligatory minor touches are there as a reminder that you’re driving a BMW X3 that doesn’t have a combustion engine.
The main highlight of the BMW iX3 is its fifth-generation eDrive technology. The 74 kWh battery pack is 30 percent more energy-dense and 93 percent more efficient. It consists of 188 prismatic cells and can be charged from zero to 80 percent in just 34 minutes. When fully charged, the iX3 can travel up to 520 kilometers under the NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) and 460 kilometers under the Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP).
As for performance figures, the BMW iX3’s powertrain produces 282 hp and 400 Nm of torque, with power being sent to the rear wheels. Zero to 100 kph is achieved in just 6.8 seconds and it has a top speed of 180 kph.
The BMW iX3 will first go on sale in the Chinese market in late 2020, while a global rollout will follow soon.