BMW has brought to the motor show in Beijing a prototype of an electric crossover, which will receive a serial version called iX3. What you see in the gallery above is pretty much what you'll get when the iX3 arrives in showrooms in 2020.
BMW has revealed the iX3 concept, which combines SUV styling and functionality with an all-electric powertrain as the brand looks to expand its electric vehicle offering. While India launch of the BMW iX3 is not sure presently, we can be hopeful about its arrival in India considering the fact that Indian market is thriving towards zero emission mobility.
The BMW iX3 will arrive in 2020, a bit behind the curve as the Jaguar I-Pace is already on sale and Audi's e-tron and Mercedes' EQ C are about to arrive.
The Concept iX3 heralds the first mainstream model from the BMW brand to be driven purely by electric power, the automaker said. But the iX3 will be the third production electric vehicle from BMW Group after the facelifted i3 and the Mini E, which will be introduced in 2019. Perhaps the most attention-grabbing element is the reinterpreted kidney grille - the grille comes with joined elements, while it appears to be permanently closed, as dictated by aerodynamics. The concept study is also fitted with light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimised design.
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The BMW iX3 Concept is an all-electric X3 SUV. "This offers the opportunity to equip models of all our brands with various powertrains", BMW said.
The blue accents to signify the electric heartbeat are retained in a similar fashion to that of the i3 and i8, with the charging port positioned behind the left side front wheel arch. It has a more powerful battery that offers better performance and range combined with lower weight and volume.
The concept is powered by a 200 kW/270 hp electric motor. As for the electric motor, it does not require any rare earths. That means a range of 400 km on one charge, according to BMW. Still, it is known that it would have around a 70kWh battery, which can be charged in just half an hour at a 150kW fast-charge station.
The BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture will produce the future series-production version of the BMW Concept iX3 in Shenyang, China. The biggest change is certainly the standard kidney grille, which has been replaced with the linked unit inspired from the iVision Dynamics Concept.