BMW iX3-first fully-electric BMW SUV

Sep 16, 2020


Some electric cars look radically different to petrol- and diesel-powered models, but not the BMW iX3. In fact, it’s pretty similar to the standard X3 from most angles. The biggest clues are the filled-in kidney-shaped grilles at the front that do away with the X3’s vertical slats. The iX3 doesn’t need these air intakes because it doesn’t need to cool a big, hot engine and the closed-up grille helps make it more aerodynamic.

There are subtle design changes at the rear, too, which BMW says has been ‘sculpted’ to improve aerodynamics. There are newly designed alloy wheels which, you’ve guessed it, aid aerodynamics too. To cap the design changes off there are blue highlights in the grilles, along the running boards at the side and at the rear where you’d expect to see the exhaust pipes on the standard X3.

The BMW iX3 has a range of 285 miles. That’s a good 20-30 miles more than an Audi e-tron or Mercedes EQC can manage but just over 10 miles fewer than a Jaguar i-Pace can go between charges.

The 286hp BMW iX3 isn’t the most powerful or quickest version of the X3 you can buy, but it’s no slouch either – it’ll do the 0-60mph dash in less than 6.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 112mph should you want to stretch the car’s legs on an unrestricted autobahn.

It will be available in a single equipment trim called Premium. Exact prices and specs will be revealed this autumn, but expect to pay from around £60,000 to park one on your drive.

 

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