After months since its initial announcement, the 2023 BMW iX3 is finally confirmed to arrive in the Philippines on January 23. The second fully-electric BMW to join the local lineup will be positioned below the iX, thus giving luxury car buyers a more affordable option if they want an electric Bimmer.
We’ve told numerous stories about the iX3 at this point, and we’ve even driven it around Singapore prior to its arrival here, so we’ll give you a summary of what you can expect. The BMW iX3 received a facelift last year for the 2023 model year. It comes with a slightly redesigned front fascia, plus the M Sport package comes as standard for the iX3 on most markets globally.
The Singapore-spec iX3 we drove came in with 20-inch alloy wheels, but that’s for their higher-end variant. We still have no clue about the Philippine-spec model, though we’re confident that it should at least mirror some of the features from the Singaporean market. Therefore, expect features such as 19- or 20-inch wheels, the aforementioned M Sport package, the iDrive 7 infotainment with the Live Cockpit Professional fully-digital gauges, and a Harman Kardon sound system, just to name a few.
As a reminder, the 2023 BMW iX3 adopts a derivative of the fifth-generation eDrive powertrain of the iX. Unlike the iX, though, which rides on a dedicated electric vehicle (EV) architecture, the iX3–as the name suggests, is essentially the electric version of the iX3. Therefore, its interior packaging means that it still comes with a transmission tunnel despite having no driveshaft due to its rear-mounted electric motor.
Nevertheless, the iX3 is only available in a single-motor rear-wheel drive (RWD) layout that produces 286 hp and 400 Nm of torque, enough for a 0-100 kph time of just 6.8 seconds. The 80 kWh (74 kWh usable) battery pack is enough for a 460 km range when fully charged, and it supports up to 150 kW of DC fast charging–good for a 10 to 80 percent top-up in 30 minutes.
More details about the 2023 BMW iX3 will be revealed soon, and you also have to remember that the iX3 is just one of four BMW EVs confirmed to arrive this year. 2023 it seems will be the year of the EV for BMW in the Philippines.