New BMW iX UK prices and specs confirmed ahead of November on-sale date
BMW has confirmed prices and specs for the new iX xDrive 40 and 50 models before they go on sale in the UK in November 2021. Read on for everything you need to know about this new electric SUV…
- Electric SUV with bold styling
- Ultra-minimalist interior
- Huge new infotainment displays
- Up to 100kWh battery
- 380 miles of range
- Dual electric motors
- Choice of 326hp and 523hp versions
- Sport and M Sport versions
- On sale in November 2021
- £69,905 price for iX xDrive 40 Sport
- 12-month charging subscription included
BMW has revealed prices and specs for the new iX electric car before it goes on sale in the UK in November 2021. This Tesla Model X and Audi e-tron alternative will be offered with a dual-motor setup available in a choice of two power outputs. In top-spec form, the BMW iX has 380 miles of range.
New BMW iX price and release date
The new BMW iX goes on sale in the UK in November 2021. It’ll cost from £69,905 for an entry-level xDrive 40 car in Sport trim. M Sport versions with extra standard equipment will set you back from £72,905.
More powerful xDrive 50 cars in Sport guise will cost from £91,905 while M Sport versions of the iX xDrive 50 will cost you a whopping £94,905 – and that’s without any optional extras…
New BMW iX performance
The new BMW iX SUV will be available as iX xDrive 40 and iX xDrive 50 models. The entry-level ’40’ versions come with dual electric motors producing 326hp and 630Nm of torque, which helps them accelerate from 0-60mph in less than 6.1 seconds.
More powerful ’50’ versions produce 523hp and 765Nm of torque and cover the same 0-60mph sprint in less than 4.6 seconds.
BMW has confirmed that it’s working on a more powerful iX M60 model that’s expected to produce more than 600hp. In the meantime, however, the first all-electric ‘M’ car will be the 544hp i4 M50 that’s also due to go on sale in November 2021.
New BMW iX batteries, range and charging
The BMW iX comes with a 71kWh battery in ’40’ guise and a bigger 105kW battery in ’50’ model. Versions with the smaller battery have 257 miles of range (according to the latest WLTP tests) while ’50’ cars with beefier batteries can manage 380 miles on a full charge.
How fast you can charge your BMW iX also depends on which version you pick. The ’40’ models are compatible with 150kW fast chargers while ’50’ cars can connect to 195kW chargers. Both cars can be charged from 10% to 80% full in around 30-35 minutes when connected to their fastest chargers, however.
A quick 10-minute charge using 150kW charger will add 59 miles of range to iX xDrive 40 models while an equally brief charge using a 195kW charger will boost the iX xDrive 50’s range by 90 miles. Every iX comes with an 11kW onboard charger that’ll allow you to fully charge your car overnight using a wall box at home.
You’ll also be given a one-year subscription to the BP Pulse and Ionity charging networks when you buy an iX as a retail customer.
New BMW iX design
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room, shall we? That huge grille. The BMW iX is an electric car, so it doesn’t even need a grille, let alone a massive pair of tombstones like this. Having said that, the new BMW M3 and M4 look a whole lot better in the metal than in photos, so there’s every chance the iX’s bold design will grow on you, too.
The rest of the BMW iX looks pretty similar to the Vision iNEXT concept from 2018. It gets the same really thin headlights and the bottom edge of the bumpers and doors has similar chunks of black trim with bright blue highlights. Because you HAVE to have blue bits on an electric car, right?
Overall, the iX’s slippery design means it can cut through the air just as easily as the new BMW 4 Series – not bad for a tall SUV. The various aerodynamic tweaks BMW made to the bumpers, underfloor and alloy wheels from the iNEXT concept boosted the iX’s range by 40 miles, which could mean the difference between getting home or having to recharge halfway.
New BMW iX interior
There’s no need for a long driveshaft to run from the engine to the rear wheels – because it’s an electric car – so BMW has made the iX’s floor completely flat inside to give everyone more legroom in the back.
Unlike other BMWs, there aren’t any buttons on the dashboard – just a really slim air vent – and there’s a big gap between the dashboard and the centre console where you’d normally find the heating controls. BMW’s usual gear lever has gone, too. Instead, you get a tiny little rocker switch, much like the one you’d find in the new Volkswagen Golf.
New BMW iX Infotainment
The BMW iX gets a totally new version of BMW’s iDrive that combines a 12.3-inch driver’s display with a massive 14.9-inch central touchscreen. Controlling everything with a touchscreen is normally pretty tricky though, so it’s good to see that BMW has decided to keep its rotary controller on the centre console.
This system comes with an upgraded version of BMW’s personal assistant, so you can just ask the car to change the aircon temperature or program the sat-nav, and it’ll do it all for you.
New BMW iX safety and 5G
The new BMW iX is the first luxury car to feature built-in 5G technology. This helps it communicate with other cars and share information really quickly. This means every iX can talk to every other iX. And it’ll let you know about heavy traffic ahead, upcoming road signs, and even how many parking spaces are free nearby.
The iX also has the fastest onboard computer ever fitted to a BMW, that can transmit all the information stored on a DVD in about a second. It needs this computing power to deal with all the data coming from all the sensors and cameras that are hidden behind the front grille, which are all part of its driver-assistance system.
This lets it accelerate, brake and steer for you on motorways, and also works along with the car’s built-in 5G network to communicate with other cars and automatically slow down if you’re coming up to traffic or an accident. And to make sure the sensors can always ‘see’ clearly, the grille comes with a self-healing coating that can smooth-out scratches and small chips.
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