The BMW iX3 Concept has made its official debut at Auto China 2018 in Beijing, previewing BMW’s vision for a fully electric crossover sold under its ‘i’ sub-brand.
Powering the iX3 is BMW’s fifth-generation electric drive system, which is making 270 hp in the crossover. The battery pack is rated at 70 kWh, giving the vehicle a theoretical driving range of 249 miles. The system is also compatible with 150 kWh fast charging stations, allowing the battery to be charged from flat to full in just 30 minutes. BMW says this fifth-generation motor and state-of-the-art battery are representative of the production powertrain that will appear in its next production EV, which like the iX3, will be a Sports Activity Vehicle.
In a statement, BMW said that with the iX3 Concept, the company “is opening a new chapter in its electrification strategy,” that will see it introduce “flexible, further developed vehicle architectures accommodating all types of front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive,” in the near future.” This will pave the way for models from all BMW brands to be equipped with different EV drive system variants, it says, and will allow it to use plug-in, electric or combustion engine drive system in any model as needed or desired.
“The BMW Concept iX3 underscores the BMW Group’s resolve to further strengthen its leading position in the field of electric mobility,” the company said in a statement. “The expansion of the company’s range of vehicles offering locally emission-free mobility is one of the central spheres of activity defined by the Automated, Connected, Electrified and Services (ACES) technological fields, on which the company is driving forward the transformation of the mobility sector as part of its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy.”
The production version of the BMW iX3, or whatever BMW ends up calling its electric activity vehicle, is expected to arrive in 2020.
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