In line with the BMW concept car Vision next presented two years ago, the BMW iX aims to be the most imposing 100% electric SUV of the Bavarian brand, in parallel to the iX3. Available for sale at the end of 2021, the BMW iX is positioned in the premium segment, promising 600 kilometers of autonomy. With other models planned for the next few years, BMW hopes to reach 7 million electric units sold by 2030.
The information we have on this new electric SUV is still quite thin. BMW announces a template similar to that of the X5 in its dimensions, with a height of 1.80 m. A size that should free up space for a trunk announced at around 650 liters. Once again, no precise figure has been given by BMW and only comparisons with the brand’s other models allow us to give an order of magnitude for this new SUV.
Last point addressed by BMW in this new presentation, the interior. Sober and digitally driven, the dashboard is made up of two different 12.3-inch screens for the driving controls as well as 14.9 inches for the infotainment screen, including navigation, music, and navigation. full functionality of the BMW system. The latter is 5G compatible, but again, the manufacturer no longer gives clear indications on how the connection will be accessible.
Autonomous vehicle, yes or no?
But where BMW was the most reserved and withdrawn, it is concerning the possibilities of autonomous driving. Most surprising point in this presentation. Indeed, the Bavarian manufacturer had brought several autumn driving innovations to its concept car, suggesting that the mainstream model could be entitled to level 3 of autonomy. BMW does not want to broach the subject yet and we should have more information next year.
For the moment, BMW does not make any precise statement on the characteristics of the vehicle or its price: ” It is still too early “, according to one of the brand’s spokespersons. What is certain, however, is that the SUV will be equipped with a whole new generation of engine and battery, which already have a range of 600 kilometers (in WLTP cycle).
The engine, it would be able to develop a power of more than 500 horsepower (370 kW), which would give right to an acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 5 seconds. And this despite the more than two tons that should accuse the SUV.
On the recharging side, it is expected that we can go from 10 to 80% in 40 minutes. Unsurprisingly, BMW will rely on the Ionity charging network, the consortium in which the brand has invested. It would also be possible to recover 120 kilometers of autonomy in 10 minutes. For home charging on alternating current, it will take at least 11 hours to be able to leave with a full charge.