560 hp BMW iX M60 aims to be the ultimate BMW electric SUV [Update]

According to a new report from BMWBlog, the BMW iX range will include a variant positioned above the 300+ hp xDrive40 and 500+ hp xDrive50. It is the BMW iX M60 with an output of 560 hp.

Like you’re told about the BMW i4 M50, the iX M60 will be facilitated by BMW M, with a greater focus on performance and driving dynamics compared to the two mainstream variants. It will join the range likely next year as the most expensive BMW iX model. In addition to quicker acceleration, higher top speed, and better dynamics, expect the BMW iX M60 to flaunt a sporty exterior and interior.

Previously, BimmerPost user ynguldyn had also said that the iX electric SUV will be available in three variants, and the range-topper, a BMW iX M60. Based on the two reports, TopElectricSUV presents a rendition of the M-fettled iX sporting an aggressive bumper, BMW M grille surround in Gold Bronze, M badge on the grille, unique L-shaped light tubes in the headlights, carbon fiber mirror caps, expressive rims wrapped with low-profile tires, M carbon ceramic brakes with gold calipers, M badge on the D-Pillar and distinct body accents for differentiation.

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

BMW iX – Range, Charging & Performance

The xDrive40 is a single-motor rear-wheel drive variant with a 70 kWh (gross) battery pack that gives a range (WLTP) in excess of 400 km (249 miles). The xDrive50 is a dual-motor all-wheel drive variant with a 100 kWh (gross) battery pack that delivers a range (WLTP) of more than 600 km (373 miles). The iX xDrive50 can finish a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint in under 5.0 seconds, and the iX xDrive40 takes a little over 6.0 seconds to do the same.

The peak charging power supported is lower in the xDrive40 – 150 kW – and in the xDrive50, it’s 200 kW. With a 10-minute charge, the former can give a range of more than 120 km (75 miles), while the latter can travel 90 km (56 miles). 10-80% fast-charging time is less than 40 minutes in the case of both variants.

Production & Release Date

In February, BMW Group announced 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:

BMW’s electric car in the real world

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 the 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 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). Future BMW electric cars will reuse the existing platforms or wait for Die Neue Klasse platform.

BMW iX U.S. launch & Price

The BMW iX will have its U.S. debut (and North American debut) with the BMW i4 on June 1, 2021. BMW Group will conduct the unveiling at The Grove in Los Angeles (189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036) and allow the public to see the new EVs from June 4 through November 30 (10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. PST daily).

The BMW iX will go up for pre-orders in the U.S. market on June 1, 2021, at 3:01 p.m. PST / 6:01 p.m. EST. Deliveries are scheduled to commence in early 2022. The xDrive50 variant is arriving in the United States, and it should have a range of around 300 miles as per EPA’s numbers. As for the price, the official statement is as follows:

MSRP is expected to be in the mid $80,000 range and will be announced, along with full specifications, on June 1.

BMW Group on the BMW iX price

On April 11, 2021, Instagram user spyshoots (spyridoula della) spotted a camouflaged BMW iX in Manhattan, New York. It looks like BMW is testing the iX in the USA to fine-tune it for local conditions ahead of launch.

BMW iX FAQs

What is the BMW iX release date?

BMW says it expects to launch the iX in the U.S. market in early 2022. Pre-orders open this June.

What are the BMW iX price?

The base BMW iX will cost somewhere around $85,000 in the U.S. market, TopElectricSUV estimates.

Which models will be the BMW iX rivals?

The iX will compete with the Tesla Model X, the Mercedes EQE SUV and the Cadillac Lyriq in the U.S. market.

Featured Image Source: BMW Group