New SUV concept is on show at Beijing motor show
25 April 2018

BMW says lessons learnt though the establishment of its i sub-brand and recent developments surrounding its upcoming iNext model have allowed it to provide the new Concept iX3 with “new dimension” in performance, operating range, weight and packaging over its first dedicated electric powered production model, the three-year-old i3.

The new pure electric SUV, unveiled at the 2018 Beijing motor show, closely previews a new X3 based model being developed as a rival to the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron quattro, Mercedes-Benz EQ C.

The production version of the iX3 is planned to be the third pure electric model from the BMW Group, following on from the recently facelifted i3 and an upcoming production version of the earlier Mini E due out in 2019.

It is planned to go on sale in the UK in 2020, preceding the launch of a production version of the Vision Efficient Dynamics saloon revealed at last year’s Frankfurt motor show featuring a similar powertrain that BMW chairman, Harald Kruger, says is due out in 2021.  

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The styling of the Concept iX3 leans heavily on the standard X3. Among the unique design elements serving to differentiate it from existing petrol and diesel versions of the third-generation SUV is a newly styled grille, reprofiled bumpers, aerodynamically optimized wheels shod with low rolling resistance tyres, subtle additions to the sills and a new rear diffuser element.    

At the heart of the Concept iX3 is a newly developed electric powertrain. Mirroring the unit set to be adopted by the production version of the new SUV due out next year, it combines the German car maker’s fifth-generation electric motor with what has been described to Autocar as fourth generation battery cells supplied by Korean battery specialist, Samsung.

The new electric motor develops over 270bhp, while the battery is claimed to possess an overall capacity of over 70kWh. Together, they are claimed to provide the new SUV with an overall range of more than 249 miles on the latest WLTP cycles.

While BMW has not yet confirmed details to the drive process for its latest electric powered model, the X in the Concept iX3’s name suggests the production version will receive permanent four-wheel drive.  

As with the upcoming Audi e-tron quattro, the new BMW iX3 features a control unit that permits its battery to charged at so-called fast-charging stations generating up to 150kW. This, says the German car maker, allows it to be fully charged in just 30 minutes.

Further details made official by BMW at the launch of the iX3 reveal its powertrain is distinguished by a more compact design than that used by the existing i3 with the electric motor, transmission and power electrics grouped together in a single component.

In a breakthrough that will allow it to significantly reduce production costs over the unit in use today, BMW also says its new electric motor can be produced without any rare earths.   

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25 April 2018
...it comes to something when the mighty BMW starts apeing Kia.

25 April 2018
beechie wrote:

...it comes to something when the mighty BMW starts apeing Kia.

 

It is an abomination.

25 April 2018

I suspect the redesigned grille has more to do with locating the sensors for driver assistance systems than any real attempt to distinguish this from the standard X3.

Other manufacturers have been moving their radar sensors from the lower grille, below the bumper beam (where they are on the current X3), to a higher position behind their badge (Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Volkswagen,...). The traditional BMW grille doesn't offer the same opportunity, so something had to be done - either separate the two parts further, or merge them.

25 April 2018

x3 is bigger than i-pace, Jaguar didn't want to join already crowded,  low margin c-segment  hatches as other premium manufacturers in my opinion . So they came up with something different with same size/dimentions. X3 is a full blown SUV. 

 

If you don't look back at your car after you parked it, you own the wrong car.

25 April 2018
What an adventurous piece of design, not.. At least Jaguar made the effort to make iPace look a bit different in its proportions from conventional models. I wish manufacturers would start giving us some different designs that EV packaging allows.

25 April 2018

Just when you thought BMW's styling couldn't lack any more imagination, they're now not only resorting to using an existing, but terminally dull looking, SUV from their range, but they've decided to used a modified version of Kia's grille. BMW's styling, like that of AUdi, Mercedes, VW and Porsche, really is stuck in a rut and churns out dull and uninpiring looking cars year after year after year. With their stunning i-Pace, Jaguar has nothing to worry about from this half-hearted and undesirable iX3. Still, at least BMW gives Jaguar's designers and engineers something to laugh about yet again!

25 April 2018

Does it have such a long bonnet? It looks no different in length than a straight 6 carrying X3. They say they used an i3 for design cues and that hardly has a bonnet.

Jaguar got it right, sooner to!

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

25 April 2018

Jaguar havent got anythign right for over 10 years.

XXXX just went POP.

25 April 2018
Agreed with nearly everyone else above me...

This ix3:
is ugly,
has an unnecessary large bonnet which could be shorted to improve parking and or cabin space,
looks very similar to the x3 so very unimaginative,
not very aerodynamic so range at 75mph will suffer massively,
Only has a target range of 249miles WLTP which means that at 75mph on the motorway with heating or Aircon on it will probably get you about 200 miles maybe slightly less.

It definitely looks to be in a different segment from the ipace but I bet internal space is similar.

So far all EVs have looked pretty much like a conventional car. I'm hoping that someone soon brings one to production that looks more like a spaceship or a submarine.

25 April 2018

This is not bigger than the jag iPace - at least internally speaking. Less legroom in the back than the jag

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