BMW iX3 EV Crossover
The BMW iX3 is the automaker's first electric crossover SUV, and it launches later this year in China. BMW's latest battery-electric vehicle rounds out the already diverse X3 lineup, which includes gasoline, diesel, and plug-in gasoline-electric hybrid powertrains.
Power for the BEV Bimmer comes courtesy of an electric motor that produces 286 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. According to BMW, that's enough grunt to propel the rear-drive crossover SUV to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds, making it 0.4 second slower than its four-cylinder X3 counterpart. The EV crossover's top speed is electronically limited to 112 mph. Adaptive dampers are standard, too, though buyers can upgrade to a sportier M-tuned setup.
BMW made numerous innovations on the iX3 that set the stage for the German brand's future EVs. First off, the electric motor's power density increases by 30 percent compared to BMW's current EVs. BMW also managed to increase the storage capacity of the crossover's battery pack. Other advances relate to weight, operating range, and the installation space required to fit the electric drive system within the vehicle. This won't be the last you see of the iX3's electric motor, power electronics, charging tech, or battery pack, all of which will find its way to the forthcoming iNext and i4 EVs next year.
iX3 customers can charge the car's depleted battery pack to 80 percent in as little as 34 minutes at a DC fast charging station. BMW is offering a new flexible fast charger, too, which relies on various adapters to attaches to different socket types.
Inside, the iX3 is every bit as luxurious as BMW buyers expect. One of the most interesting features is a unique set of drive sounds that vary depending on the driver's actions. Furthermore, blue-accented trim pieces bring additional eye candy to the iX3's cabin.
Standard features include three-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic glass sunroof, interior ambient lighting, an in-dash navigation system, adaptive cruise control, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. Buyers can opt for goodies such as adaptive LED headlights and a head-up display system.
So is there any hope of this electric crossover SUV finding its way to the United States? Well, we're not holding our breath. The iX3 is not currently planned for the U.S. market, BMW told us. In a statement, the automaker said, "BMW of North America has reviewed the market requirements and preferences of U.S. customers, and therefore decided on a strategic launch sequence for BEVs in the U.S. that prioritizes the BMW iNext and BMW i4. It is our goal to ensure that the BMW products offered in the U.S. best reflect the desires and needs of our customers."