BMW iX3 makes its local debut
We recently shared some information on the BMW i4 all-electric model that has just been introduced into the market. BMW also took the opportunity to introduce the iX3, and all-electric X3. This is something that we are excited about because it ticks all the boxes as well as being an EV. Here is what you need to know.
The locally built BMW X3 which is also exported to the rest of the world is offered in a variety of models, from fuel efficient diesels to high performance M versions. With the world turning towards electric mobility, it was only a matter of time before BMW introduced its all-electric X3 model, the iX3.
This updated model does however have some visual differences for example, The BMW kidney grille is now larger than before and has a single-piece frame which comes in Pearl-effect Chrome with a blue accent - in familiar BMW i style - along the inner edges, whilst the inner surfaces of the kidney grille elements have a mesh-like structure and feature a BMW i badge.
The headlight contours are now ten millimetres slimmer, helping to give the new BMW iX3 a sharper look and lending the front end a distinct similarity to that of the BMW iX and BMW i4.
The lower air intake, which comes with ten-stage active air flap control to cool the drive system components and brakes, has gained in size. The air curtains positioned at the outer edges of the front end are now L-shaped and have blue accents.
The BMW iX3 deploys BMW Group's fifth-generation eDrive technology including an innovative charging unit, which sends power to both the 74kWh 400V battery and the 12V on-board power supply. When charging using alternating current, it enables both single-phase and three-phase charging at up to 11 kW. Plugging the vehicle into a direct current rapid-charging station opens the door to charging outputs of up to 150 kW, meaning the high-voltage battery can be charged from 0 to 80 percent of its full capacity in 34 minutes.
The 74 kWh battery develops around 210kW and 400Nm and gives the iX3 a claimed range of up to 460km. Performance-wise, BMW claims the iX3 can accelerate from zero to 100 kph in 6.8 sec and go on to a top speed of 180km/h.
BMW South Africa will only be offering one derivative, and that is the M-Sport model which comes standard with a host of niceties such as adaptive suspension, a panoramic sunroof, 3-zone automatic climate control, Harman Kardon audio system, electrically adjustable seats, sporty leather steering wheel, BMW Live Cockpit Professional, over-the-air updates, as well as a host of semi-autonomous driving technologies.
We like the fact that this X3 offers real-world power. Many other electric cars are offered with super car killing performance and it is not needed. BMW has decided to offer a medium sized battery with performance similar to that of an X3 20d for example. We can’t wait to sample the iX3 in the coming months.