The electric SUV will be the first EV crossover of the Bavarian brand. Series model will be launched in around two years.

BMW is one of the leading manufacturers with the electrification of their models, having as many as seven plugin-hybrids and, of course, fully electric i3 and i3S. It is also clear that they will be launching new EV's in the coming years and that their electric models will have a name that will start on i - as evidenced by their new electric concept iX3 - announcing the arrival of the next series-production electric BMW in 2020. The biggest innovation that the BMW Concept iX3 brings, is the fifth generation of the eDrive electric drive unit, the advantages of which are low weight, small size, modular design and, consequently, the ability to adapt and use in other models. This was achieved by bringing the motor, gearbox and all motor electronics into one compact package, which can then be adapted according to the needs of each model - also in terms of power. Although it's still a concept, BMW has already revealed data on vehicle performance. It has one electric motor with more than 200 kilowatts and an improved 70 kWh battery pack. It provides enough juice for up to 400 kilometers of driving on single charge - measured according to the new WLTP cycle. The battery pack will also allow fast charging at fast charging stations with up to 150 kW, which will allow charging the battery for 0 to 80% in 35 minutes. Charging with higher power (up to 350 kW, which seems to emerge as a new standard in Europe) is not planned for iX3 with a 70 kWh battery, but it may be available in models with higher battery capacity. Although the iX3 is based on same platform as conventional X3 (which was made possible by the flexible platform on which the new X3 has been created and which BMW intends to use in the development of future models), the newcomer presents a new design style that will be design DNA for all new BMW electric cars. The most recognizable is the new grille of the vehicle, in which the BMW kidneys are interconnected and trimmed in blue. This is then continued on the sills below the doors and ends at the lower edge of the rear bumper. The iX3 Series will be followed by the next electric BMW, a top-of-the-range model with a range of around 700 kilometers, 350-kilowatt charging and the most advanced assistance systems for (semi) autonomous driving.

April 25, 2018 Driving photo: BMW

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