Credited as the technological flagship of BMW, the electric electric SUV BMW iX is entitled to a full presentation a few months after its release.
In November 2020, the German manufacturer BMW lifted the veil on a brand new electric SUV by the name of BMW iX, formerly called BMW iNext. And at the time, the focus seemed to be on one point in particular: technology. Some technical details had also been communicated, without great precision either.
Two engines at the start, a third approaching
Like the BMW i4 sedan, the German firm reveals all the secrets of its new vehicle, available in two distinct versions for its launch: the BMW iX xDrive50, with a power of 523 hp (385 kW) , for a torque of 765 Nm and a 0 to 100 km / h closed in 4.6 seconds. Its 111.5 kWh battery gives it a range of 630 kilometers.
Less swift, the BMW iX xDrive40 is satisfied with 326 hp (240 kW) and a torque of 630 Nm: it takes 6.1 seconds to reach 100 km / h. As for its 76.6 kWh battery, it also gives it a weaker range of 425 kilometers WLTP. Note also that an M60 model will arrive later with more than 600 hp (440 kW) under the hood.
So much for engines and battery packs. Let’s continue with on-board technologies, since BMW is particularly focusing on this area to highlight its four-wheel all-wheel drive. Inside, two screens invite themselves to the party to bring a touch of connectivity to the user experience.
The first 12.3-inch acts as digital instrumentation to display key driving information to the driver. Until then, it’s classic. The 14.9-inch second propels the infotainment system. Most importantly, the vehicle will be able to receive software updates remotely, like the Tesla.
5G and Harman Kardon audio system
This is good news, since the BMW iX will therefore improve over time by receiving new features or by correcting certain bugs. The driver will also rely on the cloud-based BMW Maps, as well as an interior camera to take pictures – a secondary use after all, but which could be used to monitor the driver’s attention.
BMW talks about 5G connectivity, with “use of personal mobile phone plans using a personal eSIM card», Available only from the end of 2021. Itinerary planning completes this formula. On the audio side, BMW called on the expertise of two specialists: Harman Kardon and Bowers & Wilkins.
HK loudspeakers were therefore installed in the rear head restraints, when a B&W system “equipped with 4D audio function with subwoofers»Nestles in the front seats. In terms of the audio experience, passengers should be served.
BMW has not skimped on the driving assistance functions, and even proclaims loud and clear that its iX benefits from the most complete offer ever offered in its catalog. In total, the electric SUV has five cameras, five radars and twelve ultrasonic sensors to monitor the surroundings.
Here are the technologies offered: frontal collision alert (vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists depending on the turn undertaken), intersection alert with automatic low-speed braking function, directional assistant and lane control, cruise control active or Park Assist system.
BMW iX: price and availability
BMW mentions a few other things, like LED headlights, power and flush door handles, voice commands, panoramic glass roof, electrochromic glazing, adaptive braking energy recovery tuning and charging power. of 200 kW (BMW iX xDrive50) and 150 kW (BMW iX xDrive40).
As with its sedan cousin, the BMW iX takes advantage of the Active offer and the Ionity Plus package to access preferential rates: € 0.30 / kWh for all public AC terminals with the BMW Charging card, and 0.30 € / min recharge on the Ionity network.
The BMW iX xDrive40 and iX xDrive50 will be launched in November 2021 at the respective prices of 86,250 and 103,500 euros.