SMC Asia Car Distributors, Corp. (SMC ACDC), the official distributor of BMW in the Philippines, is proud to announce that the first-ever 2023 BMW iX3 is now in the Philippines. We’ve extensively covered the iX3 before its launch in the local market, as we’ve driven it in Singapore late last year, but now that it’s here, this is all that you need to know about the iX3.
Compared to what we drove in Singapore, the Philippine-spec 2023 BMW iX3 comes with a few albeit minor differences. The M Sport package is offered as standard, but it comes with the “Inspiring” equipment line. This specification comprises a wide array of details including the aforementioned M Aerodynamic Package, M high-gloss window line, M roof rails, aerodynamically designed 19-inch alloy wheels (Singaporean iX3s have 20-inch wheels), and adaptive LED headlights.
Inside, the Philippine-spec 2023 BMW iX3 comes with iDrive 7 as standard, which means it bundles a pair of 12.3-inch screens–one for the gauge cluster and the other as the main infotainment screen. Some of its other features include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Harman Kardon sound system, a panoramic sunroof, and wireless charging, just to name a few. Being the M Sport model, it also comes with an M steering wheel, electrically adjustable M sports seats with memory function on the driver’s side, ash trunk open-pored wood, acoustic glazing for the front door windows, ambient lighting, and three-zone auto climate control.
As a recap, the 2023 BMW iX3 uses a fifth-generation eDrive powertrain that’s similar to the iX. However, whereas the iX is a dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) electric SUV, the iX3 only uses a single-motor rear-wheel drive (RWD) layout, which has an output of 268 hp and 400 Nm. This is good for a 0-100 kph in just 6.8 seconds.
In terms of charging, the BMW iX3 uses the same electric vehicle architecture as the iX, which means it can accept as much as 150 kW DC current that enables it to be juiced from 10% to 80% in around 30 minutes. If using the home 7.4 kW charger that comes with the purchase of an iX3, the charge time from empty to full is 10 hours. With its 80 kWh (74 kWh usable) lithium-ion battery fully charged, the iX3 has a claimed WLTP range of 460 km.
Safety-wise, the 2023 BMW iX3 comes with a few advanced driver-assistance tech that includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist. This comes on top of the usual suite of airbags and cameras.
The 2023 BMW iX3 is the first beneficiary of the executive order that was approved by the National Economic Development Authority that aims to reduce or even eliminate tariffs on EVs. Last week, the EO was signed into law by President Ferdinand Marcos, and thus the iX3 costs just P4,590,000.