As a spearhead of its push for electrification, the 2022 BMW iX has finally been introduced in the Philippines, thus bringing the brand’s local presence to the all-electric era.
Unlike most of BMW’s electric offerings that are based on platforms that are meant to accommodate a combustion engine, the 2022 BMW iX rides on a dedicated electric vehicle (EV) platform. This gives it a host of advantages in terms of packaging and range.
Only one variant of the BMW iX will be offered in the Philippines, and that’s the xDrive40. From its design, the iX From the exterior, the all-new BMW iX features a massive kidney grille with a heating element for its self-healing feature. That’s because the grille houses the car’s various driver-assistance sensors. The grille is then flanked by slim LED headlights. Moving towards the sides, you’ll see a clean profile with flushed door handles, frameless doors, and flared wheel arches that house those 21-inch wheels. Lastly, there’s a unique tailgate design that’s made out of a single panel for a cleaner look.
As for the interior, the 2022 BMW iX has a “lounge-like” interior design. This has been achieved through the use of high-quality materials and the sensation of spaciousness. Thankfully, BMW is still sticking with the rotary knob controller for the iDrive 8 infotainment system. Speaking of the infotainment system, it features two curved widescreens, while the knobs are made out of crystal. And then in terms of equipment, you get a Harman Kardon sound system, an Exit Warning function that alerts occupants of an oncoming vehicle or other obstacles when opening the doors, soft-close doors, ambient LED lighting, and BMW’s IconicSounds Electric function. With this feature, the interior sounds of the BMW iX, from the powertrain to the iDrive 8 infotainment, were tailor-made by Hans Zimmer, and it’s a fundamental part of the iX’s ownership experience.
Being the iX xDrive40, this vehicle comes with a dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) setup that produces a combined 326 hp and 630 Nm of torque. This is enough for a 0-100 kph time of 6.1 seconds.
As for its driver-assistance systems, the 2022 BMW iX comes with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian, cyclist, and oncoming vehicle detection, a Parking Assistant self-parking feature, and BMW’s signature Reversing Assistant that remembers your steering inputs from the last 50 meters that you drove, and it automatically replays those inputs when reversing out a dead end of a parking lot.
The 2022 BMW iX is now available in limited quantities for P6,290,000 for the sole xDrive40 variant being offered in the Philippines. This comes with a 5-year warranty, 8-year battery warranty, and a 6-year BMW Service Inclusive package. The iX of course comes with a wall-box charger, in which the house will be first evaluated by BMW themselves if your home will be able to handle the charging load.