BMW to add range-topping performance iX model this summer
BMW has confirmed the addition of a new M60 model to its new electric SUV iX line-up, with the £111,905 model boasting 619hp and a 0-62mph acceleration time of 3.8 seconds.
That matches the best the Tesla Model X SUV can offer at present, although that car has a new Plaid version arriving at some point this year with a claimed 2.5-second 0-62mph time.
The performance version has an official 357-mile range and joins the 326hp xDrive40 and 523hp xDrive50 launch iX models, with first deliveries due this summer.
Alongside the new i4 M50 model, BMW described the iX M60 as a “milestone in the 50-year history of BMW M”, as its performance branding moves into electric cars.
National Highways safety resources added to Fleetcheck app
Fleetcheck has added a series of van driver safety resources to its vehicle inspection app. Created by National Highways’ Driving for Better Business campaign, the additions are designed to provide light commercial vehicle drivers with advice on day-to-day safety issues, including winter driving, towing, speed limits and licencing.
“We have a longstanding relationship with Driving for Better Business, which exists to transform fleet road safety in the UK, and are an enthusiastic supporter of their aims,” said Fleetcheck mamaging director Peter Golding. “Incorporating their advice into a safety inspection app is a fleet industry first, we believe, and we are sure will help van drivers to stay safe while out on the road. It’s a simple yet potentially highly effective innovation.”
The app, launched almost five years ago, allows fleet managers and drivers to schedule, carry out, confirm, follow-up and audit vehicle checks, from daily walkarounds to weekly or monthly examinations.
Spec increase for Skoda Kodiaq and Kamiq
Skoda has announced new trim levels for its Kodiaq and Kamiq SUVs, with additional kit over the outgoing specifications.
The larger Kodiaq gets new SE Drive and SE L Executive specs, replacing SE and SE L respectively. The SE Drive adds equipment including front parking sensors, rear camera, 8.0-inch touchscreen navigation and new 18-inch alloy wheels, compared to the SE spec. SE L Executive upgrades on the SE L with the addition of new 19-inch alloys, leather interior and heated, folding, auto-dim door mirrors with memory function.
Skoda’s smallest SUV, the Kamiq, also gets a new SE L Executive spec to replace SE L, with rear view camera, front parking sensors, heated seats and new 18-inch alloys among the increased spec.