- BMW has made the iNEXT concept EV official under the BMW iX moniker carrying an impressive range and a shift from conventional design.
- BMW has said that the iX will pack a 100 kWh battery that can offer a range of 300 miles as per EPA testing standards.
- The BMW iX will go into production by late 2021 and will release in key markets by 2022, the company said.
BMW has been teasing the arrival of its iNEXT concept electric SUV for quite some time now. Today, the company made this vehicle official while also rebranding it the BMW iX. This vehicle was being touted by the company as a Tesla competitor, particularly the Model X. However, it’s clear that the BMW iX is somewhat bigger than the iNEXT concept shown off by the company previously.
One of the key highlights of this new electric SUV is the fact that it can run for more than 300 miles on a single charge as per EPA’s FTP-75 test procedure or 600 kilometers on the WLTP cycle. As for the size of the battery pack, BMW mentions that it will have an energy capacity of more than 100 kWh, though the automaker failed to provide more specifics on this front.
In terms of battery charging speeds, BMW mentions that it can charge from 10% to 80% in less than 40 minutes using DC fast-charge at up to 200 kW. As for availability, the BMW iX will apparently go into production by late 2021 and will only reach the markets in 2022.
The aforementioned battery pack will power two electric motors which have a 370 kW/500 horsepower capacity that can return 0 to 62 miles per hour acceleration in less than 5 seconds.
The company has previously hinted that it wants to target the $40,000 price range that Tesla models are known for. However, the battery capacity and the power suggests that the pricing of the BMW iX may go slightly above this mark. Keeping this in mind, it’s likely that BMW will launch other variants of the iX with a smaller battery pack.
The interiors of the BMW iX have been well-designed as well. The hexagonally shaped steering wheel is something to behold. Overall, it seems like the iX couldn’t have come at a better time given the surge in electric SUVs and crossovers around the world.
Check out some photos of the BMW iX below.