BMW iX variants leaked; production beginning in “a few months”

The BMW iX electric SUV will be available in three variants, as per a new post from BimmerPost user ynguldyn. The base variant will be a BMW iX xDrive40, the middle variant, a BMW iX xDrive50, and the range-topper, a BMW iX M60. It could be that the BMW iX3’s 80 kWh battery pack is offered on the xDrive40 while the M60, featuring the bigger battery, could have an electric motor for each axle.

BMW iX profile Christoph Schröder
Christoph Schröder, Manager, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, poses with the BMW iX, the factory’s first fully electric BMW. Image Source: BMW Group

In recent updates, BMW Group announced last month that the iX will enter production “in just a few months” and “be launched soon.” The announcement came days after a new post from ixforums.com said that the production has been postponed to March next year. The company plans to manufacture its dedicated electric SUV at the Dingolfing plant entirely with regional green hydroelectricity from the Uppenborn-Isar hydropower plants between Moosburg and Landshut.

In January, we reported that the BMW iX has gone on display at BMW Welt, in Munich, Germany. Matt & Lukas of Instagram account bimmerworldbrothers shared images of the BMW electric car from the venue with TopElectricSUV. Brightness of the images are adjusted slightly for better viewability:

In December 2020, BMW was conducting winter testing of the iX north of Scandinavia. The company wants to achieve a power consumption of less than 100 kWh per 62 miles in the WLTP test cycle, a value that is not usual for EVs in this class. The same month, TopElectricSUV.com reader Ege Kurt had spotted a BMW iX in Europe and emailed pictures for the first ‘raw’ look at the car.

Both the BMW iX units here are likely painted in Aventurine Red metallic, which is a BMW Individual paint finish. They are equipped with the Sport package for a more aggressive appearance. The large, triangular “shields” at the corners of the front bumper, the gloss-black finish of the door handles, side skirts and body’s lower edges, the blue calipers, the smoked glass of the rear lights, etc. are the tell-tale signs of the Sport package enabled while configuring this BMW iX.

The iX is built on a new dedicated EV platform, which, reports say, won’t be utilized for another model. The exclusive platform is an aluminum spaceframe, with select carbon-fiber portions (side frame, rain channels, roof frame, cowl panel and rear window frame).

BMW iX Range & other specifications

BMW hasn’t revealed specifications of the iX completely. It says that the new electric SUV has a battery pack with a gross energy content of more than 100 kWh. The company expects a range of over 600 km or 373 miles in Europe’s WLTP cycle, which should equate to 300+ miles in the EPA test procedure. The most performance-focused iX will come with over 370 kW or 500 horsepower on tap, enough to finish a 0-62 mph sprint in under 5.0 seconds.

The BMW iX’s peak charging power is 200 kW and using a DC fast charger offering that much output, it takes less than 40 minutes to charge the battery pack from 10-80% SoC. Charging the battery pack from 0-100% SoC using the supplied 11 kW Wallbox charger takes close to eleven hours.

The BMW iX will compete with the Tesla Model X and the Cadillac Lyriq in the U.S. market.

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