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First pictures: BMW iX3

BMW has revealed pictures and details of its first fully electric X model. The BMW iX3 will arrive in the UK next summer, using a 74kWh battery to offer a range of up to 285 miles.

BMW iX3 2020 4The addition will make the BMW X3 the first BMW model to be offered with full electric, plug-in hybrid, petrol and diesel powertrains, and the new model will be open for orders this autumn, at which point specification and pricing details will also become available.

Performance figures give the rear-wheel drive BMW iX3 a 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds from the 286hp powertrain, similar to that of the BMW xDrive 30i X3, while top speed is limited to 112mph.

Inside and out, BMW has used blue styling accents to illustrate that this is the electric version of its mid-sized SUV, and the new aerodynamic wheels are claimed to reduce the vehicle’s drag by around 5%, increasing efficiency, adding around six miles to the range compared with conventional alloy wheels.

Boot space is at 510 litres, rising to 1560 with the rear seats folded, which compares with 550 and 1600 for the petrol and diesel m

BMW iX3 2020 6BMW claimed that the battery can be charged from 0-80% in 34 minutes using a 150kW charger, while 62 miles can be added in 10 minutes. According to BMW, the “outstanding efficiency of its electric motor and its high charging capacity give the new BMW iX3 exceptional long-distance capability”. The brand also claimed that on a trip, a iX3 “would need to make fewer charging stops than a comparable electric vehicle whose efficiency is compromised by the presence of larger and heavier high-voltage batteries. And the iX3 stops would be shorter.”

The BMW iX3 will be joined next year by two more electric BMWs in the form of the BMW i4 four-door coupe and iNext SUV, in addition to the electric BMW i3 model already on sale.


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