BMW iX Electric SUV: When A Vision Turns Into Reality

2021 BMW iX Electric SUV
The BMW Group’s new technology flagship – courtesy of BMW i, the “workshop for the future”.

The vision becomes reality, as the BMW Vision iNEXT becomes the BMW iX Electric SUV. A year before its market launch at the end of 2021, the BMW Group has revealed the upcoming BMW iX, which is currently in the series development phase. The BMW iX is the first model based on a new, modular, scalable future toolkit developed by the BMW Group. The iX sees BMW redefining the successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) concept.

BMW claims that the design and technology of the BMW iX form an overall package that lays the foundations for a new kind of driving experience. In so doing, it comprehensively embodies the character of the BMW i brand, whose mission is to transform personal mobility. BMW i plays a central role at the BMW Group as a “workshop for the future” and driver of innovation across the company.

BMW iX electric SUV
Fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology delivers outstanding efficiency and long-range.

“The BMW Group is constantly striving to re-invent itself. That is a central element of our corporate strategy,” says Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG.
The BMW iX will go into production at BMW Plant Dingolfing from the second half of 2021.

Power and range:

Fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology delivers high efficiency and long-range. The BMW eDrive technology, which encompasses the two electric motors, the power electronics, the charging technology, and the high-voltage battery– guarantees excellent efficiency, which we’ll speak about, in a while. The carmaker has revealed that the BMW iX electric SUV, is capable of developing maximum output of more than 500bhp. That will be enough to power the BMW iX from 0 to 62 mph(100kmph) in under 5.0 seconds.

Speaking about the range, BMW claims that the electric SUV consumed less than 21 kWh per 100 kilometers in the WLTP test cycle. The gross energy content of more than 100 kWh in the top-spec variant, should enable the latest-generation high-voltage battery to record a range of over 600 kilometers in the WLTP cycle. Along with BMW’s DC fast charging, the SUV will be charged enough for over 75 miles of extra range in just ten minutes. The new charging technology of the BMW iX enables DC fast charging at up to 200 kW. This means the battery can be charged from 10 to 80 percent of its full capacity in under 40 minutes. It takes less than eleven hours to charge the high-voltage battery from 0 to 100 percent at 11 kW from a Wallbox.

BMW iX SUV
DC fast charging: over 75 miles of extra range in ten minutes.

“We are setting new industry standards with the technology in the BMW iX Electric SUV. The iX has more computing power for data processing and more powerful sensor technology than the newest vehicles in our current line-up, is 5G-capable, will be given new and improved automated driving and parking functions, and uses the high-performing fifth generation of our electric drive system,” says Frank Weber, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development. Also, the BMW iX is comparable with the BMW X5 in length and width and is almost the same height as the BMW X6 on account of its flowing roofline. The size of its wheels, meanwhile, brings to mind the BMW X7.

How does it look?

At the front stands a prominent, vertically emphasized kidney grille. Since the electric drive system of the BMW iX requires only a small amount of cooling air, the kidney grille is completely blanked off. Its role has duly turned digital and it functions as an intelligence panel. Camera technology, radar functions, and other sensors are integrated seamlessly into the grille behind a transparent surface.

The BMW iX also include the slimmest headlight units ever to feature on a series-produced model from BMW, the flush-fitted door openers (operated at the press of a button), the frameless side windows, the tailgate – which has no separation joints and extends across the whole of the rear – and the likewise extremely slim rear lights.

What about the interior?

The displays and controls are all stripped down to the essentials, further reinforcing the impression of an uncluttered cabin offering a place of relaxation. The technology inside the BMW iX is intelligent and only becomes visible when it is needed. The shy tech approach for the interior can be seen in a number of features, including speakers integrated out of sight, intricately styled air vents, heated surfaces, and the discreet recessing of the BMW Head-Up Display’s projector into the instrument panel so it is almost invisible. The hexagonally shaped steering wheel, a rocker switch for gear selection, and the BMW Curved Display – which forms part of the next-generation BMW Operating System – clearly signal the futuristic form of driving pleasure on offer.

New technology toolkit underpins further advances towards automated driving.

The new BMW iX Electric SUV benefits from the vehicle’s innovative lightweight design and optimized aerodynamics. Its body structure, featuring an aluminum spaceframe and innovative Carbon Cage, has an extremely high torsional stiffness which enhances agility and maximizes occupant protection while minimizing the weight. The BMW iX boasts outstanding aerodynamics for its class, with a drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.25.

BMW has not revealed any other information about the price or India launch of the SAV. However, due to the lack of proper EV infrastructure, we do not expect the iX SUV in India, any soon. The BMW iX will stand against the like of popular Tesla Model S, Audi e-Tron Quattro, and Mercedes Benz EQC.