BMW will finally launch the first-ever electric vehicle in our market next month. The all-electric BMW iX will be released in India on December 13, and the Bavarian automaker will thus join the ranks of premium automakers such as Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar that sell completely electric SUVs in the country. Obviously, that BMW iX, like it, maybe competition, will be available as a completely built unit (CBU) and will compete with the Mercedes-Benz EQC, Audi e-Tron, and Jaguar i-Pace.
The iX SUV is BMW’s premier electric model, with a distance of up to 611km with a power output of up to 523hp from two electric motors. The exterior dimensions are identical to the X5, but the inside size is equal to the X7.
Its BMW iX’s style was initially revealed by the next Prototype in 2017. It’s a really modern and new take just on BMW appearance, with various EV-specific elements that distinguish this from the brand’s ICE-powered cars. The iX’s front end is distinguished by BMW’s distinctive and relatively massive kidney grille. Despite the fact that so no need to send air into that same radiator, its grille is sealed and holds multiple cameras, radar, and sensors for driver assistance systems.
BMW’s typical corona lights design has already been replaced there in iX with a quartet of light bands inside the upper portion of the thin headlamp assemblies. The taillights are also designed in a similar manner.
The front bumper has strong, angular design elements and air vents improved efficiency in M Sport form, while the back bumper is rounder and less aggressively shaped. The iX also has frameless doors, fixed B-pillars, a fixed clamshell-style bonnet, and a tapering glasshouse. The iX may be equipped with 22-inch aerodynamically designed rims and 275/40 standard tires.
Interior & Feature
Whereas the iX is roughly the same size as a BMW X5, its interior is much more akin to a BMW X7, owing to the specialized electric architecture. The inside of the iX is roomy, with a flat floor and natural materials. It also makes use of recyclable plastics, as well as a novel microfiber fabric for the seats. The hexagonal steering wheel and the enormous curving display that serves as an instrument cluster and infotainment unit are the true highlights of the cabin. A 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch infotainment display both are tilted towards the driver and are housed in a single piece of curved glass. It also receives a redesigned head-up display.
There is no central dashboard in this EV, but still, the controls again for drive selector and BMW’s iDrive rotating controller are located in the forward area of a high-mounted armrest. Other controls are located in the top section of the door moldings. The iX’s storage has a capacity of 650 liters.
Battery & Charging
The each-new BMW iX is powered by the brand’s fifth-generation each-electric powertrain that uses two electric motors to evolve a concerted affair of about 375 kW or 503 bhp. The new powertrain is punchy enough for a 0-100 kph run in exactly4.6 seconds.
Indeed charging this auto does not take too long by EV norms and it can be charged up to 70 percent in 40 twinkles using a 200 kW fast bowl. A quick nanosecond charge will juice up the auto for 120 km. BMW claims a range of 300 country miles or 483 km as per Europe’s WLTP test cycle.