Revealed: Fully-electric BMW iX3 with 285-mile range

Published 29 July 2020

Based on the BMW X3, the new electric iX3 SUV gets a newly developed electric motor and battery setup that gives it a power output of 286PS and an official WLTP range of 285 miles. Prices are expected to start at £60,000.

The new BMW iX3 looks much like the regular X3 with some extra blue bits of trim, while the battery’s location under the floor of the car means there’s still 510 litres of storage with the seats up or 1560 with the seats down. The iX3 uses BMW's fifth-generation eDrive technology, which will be fitted in the BMW iNEXT and BMW i4 models from 2021, too.

BMW quotes 0-62mph in 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 112mph, and the iX3 will be exclusively rear-wheel drive. Power comes from a rear-mounted electric motor producing 286PS and 400Nm of torque - channelled through a single-speed gearbox.

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Energy is provided by an 80kWh gross (74kWh net) lithium-ion battery pack and BMW offers a number of different charging possibilities for the iX3, including 150kW DC rapid charging for an 80 per cent charge in 34 minutes.

BMW I X3 Side

Inside, BMW iX3 is equipped with the latest generation BMW Operating System 7, which allows for the car's software to be updated wirelessly 'over the air' in the future. 

The standard Live Cockpit Professional offers a fully-digital screen comprising a high-res 12.3 inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and a 10.25-inch centre display. BMW Live Cockpit Professional also features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The latest version of the Intelligent Personal Assistant - like Siri for iPhone - is activated by a spoken prompt (for example “Hey BMW”) or at the touch of a button. The system helps the driver, learns their preferences and is familiar with their favoured settings.

UK prices and specs will be confirmed soon, with sales starting in summer 2021. The range should kick off from around £60,000, and a flagship Premier edition will be available from launch, with the rest of the lineup due to follow.

BMW I X3 Rear


gavsmit    on 20 July 2020

"Prices are expected to start at £60,000". I bet they'll be more than that, despite £60,000 already being an obscene amount of money for this kind of car.

Do you notice how much is being made of all the in-car tech with EVs too? I suspect as EVs are forced onto people (via long-term zero-value finance packages as they are far too expensive to buy outright) what will make trim levels different will be the amount of tech to have in the car (i.e. the absence of different ICE engine options removing that particular revenue stream for manufacturers).

I don't want all that tech rubbish that I'm not interested in and will never use. If someone made a stripped-out EV that's just a motor, battery and essential kit like a heater I'd be happy - but then they wouldn't have the perceived "justification" for artificially huge prices, bolstered by the inclusion of cheaply designed / poorly tested / shabbily manufactured / unreliable / fashionable 'tech'.

Yuck - even the slang word 'tech' makes me cringe.

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