The BMW iX3 SUV – the electric version of BMW’s X3 – has been spied out and about. Keep reading for the car’s price, specs and release date
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These are the latest pictures we have of the BMW iX3 SUV caught testing near the company’s Munich HQ. An electric version of the BMW X3 – rather than a standalone electric model to the mould of the BMW i3 – the iX3 will appeal to buyers looking for the practicality of an SUV combined with an electric motor that makes it ideal for driving in town.
2020 BMW iX3 SUV price and release date
Exactly when the BMW iX3 SUV will go on sale has yet to be confirmed but the company has hinted at a 2020 release date. Expect it to cost from around £55,000 – about the same price as you’ll pay for its main alternative, the Mercedes EQC.
2020 BMW iX3 SUV specs
While the radically styled BMW i3 shouts about its electric drivetrain, the BMW iX3 SUV has more conservative styling that’ll appeal to a broader church of car buyer – in fact, if BMW hadn’t been kind enough to sticker this car as an ‘electric test vehicle’ you’d probably be none the wiser. It means that the 2020 production car isn’t likely to get much more than a set of unique alloy wheels, a subtle body kit that’ll make it more aerodynamic to squeeze as many miles out of the battery as possible and some light ‘i’ badging.
The subtle changes of the outside will continue inside where the iX3 will look almost identical to the X3. Minor changes will include an updated infotainment system that’ll visualise the operation of the car’s electric drivetrain and the addition of new trim finishes.
Ironically, the familiar styling masks wholesale change under the car’s skin. Unlike the X3, which has petrol or diesel engines, the BMW iX3 SUV is powered by two electric motors – one at the back and one at the front – to make it four-wheel drive. Performance will be in keeping with BMW’s sporty reputation – you can expect 0-62mph to take around six seconds – and it’ll have a range of around 250 miles. The big selling point, of course, is its zero emissions, which make the car exempt from paying tariffs such as the London Congestion Charge.
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