With the new BMW iX, the German carmaker will be flexing its electric muscles from November 2021. The 4.95-meter-long technology platform is visually very different from the other X models and is likely to polarize similarly to the i3 eight years earlier.
The electric motors in the BMW iX xDrive40 develop 326 hp using a 71 kWh battery, while the BMW iX xDrive50 drive has a power storage unit with a net capacity of 105 kWh. The maximum charging power of the new BMW iX should be 195 kW at DC fast-charging stations.
The seating position is typically high for an SUV, while the flat instrument panel and the free-standing centre console create an airy feeling of space. The new BMW iX has a range of up to 485 kilometres when using the 71 kWh battery.
The intelligent recuperation worked well on our first test drive so that the 2.5-tonne electric BMW automatically decelerates when there are cars in front, speed limits or roundabouts and can only be controlled using the accelerator for most of the time. And the suspension comfort is also outstanding, thanks to the standard air suspension with adaptive dampers.
With a low centre of gravity and all-wheel steering, the new BMW iX conceals its immense external dimensions and the stately weight on winding country roads very well.
The new BMW iX acts as a luxury SUV. The driving comfort is particularly impressive. With the 105 kWh battery, ranges of 500 kilometres are possible in everyday life.