The new BMW iX fully electric Sports Activity Vehicle is the first model based on a new, modular, scalable toolkit on which the future of the BMW Group will be built. The iX combines locally emission-free driving pleasure and sporting agility with a highly usable operating range and luxurious spaciousness.
The pioneering character of the BMW iX is carried through to its exterior design. The body’s imposing styling with distinctive SAV proportions the precisely crafted details create a distinctive appearance that exudes luxury.
Standout exterior features include the almost completely blanked-off BMW kidney grille, the surface of which is the product of innovative manufacturing techniques and which incorporates camera and radar sensors. The full LED headlights are also the slimmest units ever to feature on a series-produced model from BMW.
The BMW iX has been meticulously designed from the inside out. The spacious cabin and newly developed seats with integral head restraints set a luxurious tone. The absence of a centre tunnel creates extra legroom and plenty of space for both storage and a centre console designed in the style of a high-quality piece of furniture. The control panel with active haptic input as well as a rocker switch for gear selection adds some very modern touches.
The model range will comprise the BMW iX xDrive50 with a combined output of 523hp and a range of up to 613 kilometres miles (WLTP), plus the BMW iX xDrive40 that produces 326hp and is able to cover up to 414 kilometres on a single charge. Both versions are equipped with an intelligent all-wheel-drive system, making the iX the very first all-wheel-drive pure electric vehicle produced by BMW.
The impressive battery range is complemented with flexible charging that is designed to be as convenient as possible. DC power can be taken on board at a rate of up to 195 kW (BMW iX xDrive50) or 150 kW (BMW iX xDrive40). This allows the battery charge to be increased from 10 to 80 per cent in around 35 minutes in the BMW iX xDrive50 or 31 minutes in the BMW iX xDrive40.
Both variants will be available in Sport or M Sport trim levels, with the extensive standard specification including 21-inch alloy wheels, Driving Assistant Professional, Parking Assistant, BMW Live Cockpit Professional, climate comfort windscreen, four-zone air conditioning, heated front seats, wireless phone charging and Shadow Line exterior trim. An array of options, including dedicated Packs that group extras which complement each together, allow for further personalisation.
Also set to join the model line-up at a later date is the BMW iX M60 which, with an expected maximum output in excess of 600hp, promises an exceptionally sporty all- electric driving experience.
The BMW iX comes equipped with the most extensive set of standard driver assistance systems ever seen on a BMW, along with a wealth of innovations. The front collision warning system, for instance, now detects oncoming traffic as well as cyclists and pedestrians when turning right. Availability of the optional Steering and Lane Control Assistant has been significantly expanded, while the optional Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function offers enhanced situational distance adjustment.
The exit warning function, which alerts to the presence of cyclists or pedestrians in the surrounding area before the doors are opened, and the Interior Camera are both new features. The Parking Assistant including Reversing Assist Camera and the Reversing Assistant also come as standard on the iX.
|Model||Max Power (hp)||Top Speed (km/h)||Range (Kms*) (WLTP)||OTR Price***|
|iX xDrive40 Sport||326||200**||414||€85,815|
|iX xDrive40 M Sport||326||200**||414||€89,505|
|iX xDrive50 Sport||523||200**||613||€116,595|
*All figures relating to output, charging capacity, performance, energy consumption and range are provisional.
***Preliminary figures and on-the-road pricing, correct at the time of publication – the latest prices can be found at www.bmw.ie