The BMW iX made its U.S. debut in June 2021, and at launch this year, it’s arriving in American dealer showrooms in the xDrive50 variant. According to a post from g80.bimmerpost.com forum member ynguldyn, the lower xDrive40 variant is also heading to the U.S. market. However, that’s unlikely to happen in 2022.
iX xDrive40 Release Date
The forum post lists the expected start of production dates of future BMW models, and it states March 2022 as the expected SOP date of the U.S.-spec iX xDrive40. A March SOP would ideally mean a market launch within months. From this information, the media earlier speculated that the U.S.-spec iX xDrive40 could go on sale in the second half of the year as an MY2023 model.
In December 2021, BMWBlog claimed that there’s no plan to launch the iX xDrive40 in the U.S. in 2022. The BMW-focused publication learned this development while speaking to BMW of North America last year and says that the 50 variant is seen as the “sweet spot” in the lineup, with comparable range and competitive pricing for its segment. Whenever it arrives at dealers stateside, unlike the X5, the iX won’t ship from the local factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Production of the iX is exclusively at the BMW plant in Dingolfing, Germany.
In Europe, customer deliveries of the BMW iX xDrive40 have commenced. BMW Group confirmed this development by announcing that it delivered an iX xDrive40 as its one-millionth electrified vehicle on December 6, 2021. The milestone unit, which the company handed over to owners at the iconic BMW Welt in Munich, Germany, was a black unit.
BMW Group aims to increase cumulative sales of pure electric vehicles to around two million cars by 2025. More than 10% of the volume could be the i3, which hit the 200,000 unit production milestone in October 2020. New global models like the iX SUV, the i4 and the upcoming BMW iX1 would also have a significant contribution, though.
iX xDrive40 specifications
The BMW iX xDrive40 also features a motor at both the front and rear axle. However, these are tuned to generate a lower power and torque than the xDrive50. The front motor develops 190 kW (255 hp) and 290 Nm (214 lb.-ft.), while the rear motor generates 200 kW (268 hp) and 340 Nm (251 lb.-ft.). Together, they offer maximum power and maximum torque of 240 kW (322 hp) and 630 Nm (465 lb.-ft.), respectively. A 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes 6.1 seconds, and the top speed is an electronically limited 200 km/h (124 mph).
The xDrive40 variant has a smaller battery pack with an energy content of 71.0 kWh (net)/76.6 kWh (gross). It operates at a lower voltage of 330.3 V and supports a lower DC fast-charging rate of 150 kW. The maximum AC charging rates are the same, though: 7.4 kW with single-phase connections and 11.0 kW with three-phase connections. Below are official charging times currently available ahead of the European launch later this year:
|Charging Power||Charging Level||Charging Time|
|11 kW (16 A/380 V, three-phase AC, Wallbox)||0-100%||<8 hours|
|150 kW (DC, fast-charging station)||0-80%||31 minutes|
As for the range, while the iX xDrive50i can travel up to 630 km (391 miles) on a full charge, the iX xDrive40i’s charging depletes at 425 km (264 miles). Do note that these are WLTP range figures, applicable in Germany, whereas the EPA-est. range figures in the U.S. are usually much lower.
American customers can get the iX xDrive50i either with the standard 20-inch wheels or the optional 21- or 22-inch wheels. Configurations with the smallest wheels allow the longest range (EPA-est.) – 324 miles. Opting for the 21-inch wheels reduces the range (EPA-est.) to 305 miles. The 22-inch wheels interestingly lead to a higher range (EPA-est.) compared to the 21-inch wheels – 315 miles. The iX xDrive40i is available with the same wheel sizes in Germany, but we’re yet to know whether that’ll be the case in the U.S market. The base configuration will likely have 20-inch wheels and its maximum EPA est. range could be around 220 miles.
BMW iX xDrive40 Price
The iX xDrive50 costs USD 83,200 and an additional USD 995 for destination. The BMW iX xDrive40 could retail from around USD 70,000 excluding destination charge. For reference, in Germany, the iX xDrive40 and iX xDrive50 cost EUR 77,300 (USD 87,602) and EUR 98,000 (USD 111,061), respectively.
BMW iX sold-out in the United States
BMW has sold out the first batch of the BMW iX (xDrive50i) in the U.S. BMW’s U.S. website earlier listed the iX in the U.S. lists two options for the delivery timeline: “By June 2022” and “From Summer 2022.” The earliest delivery slot for the BMW iX read “sold out,” meaning customers who wished to make a new reservation might have to wait until next summer or later. On December 23, 2022, BMW said in a press release that it expects to launch the iX xDrive50 in the U.S. in Q1 2022 (January-March 2022).
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