BMW iX xDrive40 U.S. launch planned later in 2022 – Report

The BMW iX made its U.S. debut in June, and at launch, it’s arriving in American showrooms in the xDrive50 variant. According to a post from forum member ynguldyn, the lower-end xDrive40 variant is heading to the U.S.

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. Unlike the X5, the iX won’t arrive in the U.S from the local factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Production of the iX takes place exclusively in Dingolfing, Germany. So, it will be a few months before the first batch arrives at stateside dealers. The U.S.-spec iX xDrive40 could go on sale in the second half of 2022 as an MY2023 model.

BMW iX xDrive40 rear three quarters
The BMW iX’s xDrive40 variant (pictured) will be considerably more affordable than the xDrive50. Image Source: BMW Group

iX xDrive40 Specs

The BMW iX xDrive40 also has two motors, one at the front axle and one at the rear. However, these motors generate a lower power and torque. 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, these motors 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 PowerCharging LevelCharging 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

iX xDrive40 Price

The BMW iX xDrive50 costs USD 83,200 and an additional USD 995 for destination. The BMW iX xDrive40 could retail from under USD 70,000 excluding destination charge. In Germany, the iX xDrive40 and iX xDrive50 cost EUR 77,300 (USD 91,295) and EUR 98,000 (USD 115,742.90), respectively.

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