The BMW iX3 electric SUV has been spotted testing. Keep reading for the car’s price, specs and release
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The BMW iX3 electric SUV has been captured on film. It’ll be an alternative to the Mercedes EQC and, to a certain extent, the Jaguar I-Pace, and will be the third all-electric car in BMW’s range following the BMW i3 and i8.
BMW iX3 price and release date
The BMW iX3 will arrive in showrooms in 2020. Prices have yet to be confirmed, but you can expect to hand over about £55,000 – around the same sum that you’ll pay for a Jaguar I-Pace or the Mercedes EQC, which has yet to go on sale.
BMW iX3 specs
Unlike the \ i3 and i8, whose space age looks draw attention to their electric propulsion, the BMW iX3 will hope to have broader appeal by looking, well, very similar to a regular BMW X3. That said, you can expect the iX3 to have a blanked out grille – there’s no radiator so no need to let air into the engine bay – to help improve aerodynamics and a few more subtle touches including a flap above the left front wheel that hides the car’s charging plug.
While the BMW iX3 doesn’t look hugely different to the X3, under the skin the cars are completely different. Instead a petrol or diesel engine, the iX3 has two electric motors – one on the front and rear axle. Much like the Audi e-tron, that allows for a sophisticated four-wheel-drive system that should make the car extremely easy to drive to and beyond the limit.
How much power the car will get is yet to be announced but around 275hp is rumoured, which would be enough for a 0-62mph of under seven seconds. Present battery technology would allow for a range of 250 miles and a 150kW fast charger can, says BMW, replenish the battery fully from flat in just 30 minutes.
That makes it a feasible alternative to a petrol or diesel SUV and in terms of practicality, the iX3 should be able to match a regular SUV of its size, too – you’ll have plenty of space for four adults and their luggage for a fortnight away.
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