BMW Concept iX3 with more than 200 kW/270 hp electric motor and a WLTP range of more than 400 kilometres (249 miles). This technology groups the electric motor, transmission, and power electronics into a new separate electric dive component. BMW eDrive technology today already is part of the plug-in hybrid drive system employed by the BMW iPerformance models and MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.
The unparalleled technological expertise of BMW i has also played a prominent role in the development of the fifth-generation electric drive system, providing further evidence of BMW i as a nerve centre for sustainable mobility.
BMW said in the future it would look to build pure combustion engines, plug-in hybrid systems and battery electric solutions that could be fitted across all and in any of its models. Unlike competitors, BMW is able to do entirely without the use of rare earths such as neodymium, typically needed in electric motors for their unique magnetic properties. "This offers the opportunity to equip models of all our brands with various powertrains", BMW said.
BMW hasn't released photos of the interior.
The brand's iconic kidney grille is in place, but it is closed off to improve aerodynamic efficiency and is highlighted in blue, while the rear diffuser is smoothed over with the lack of an exhaust. A new charging control unit allows the battery to be recharged in 30 minutes when hooked up to a station with 150 kW output. That grille is subtly reshaped to give it a bit more of a distinctive flavour, with a strong touch of the styling of that i Vision Dynamics concept. The same is true of the concept's special "aerodynamically optimised" alloy wheels. However, a few design details demonstrate evolution of the current design language.
BMW has taken the wraps off a concept that previews its first all-electric SUV, as well as signposting the German company's EV future.