With a long-term goal of sustainable motoring, BMW has showcased their fresh new take on its Sports Activity Vehicle concept – the iX. Conceived from the outset for purely electric mobility, this model is based on a new toolkit for the future, benefiting from vast potential for innovations in the areas of automated driving, operation, connectivity and digital services translates into a premium mobility experience.

BMW iX

Combining emission-free driving pleasure with sporting dynamics, the BMW iX will be launched with a choice of two model variants, both of which will be equipped with an electric all-wheel-drive system. The xDrive40 will get 320bhp and 400 kms of range from its 70kWh battery, whilst the xDrive50 gets 516bhp and 600 kms of range from a 100kWh battery. Oh, and the latter will do 0-100kmph run in 4.6 seconds. If that wasn’t fast enough, BMW’s M division is working on an all-electric, all-wheel drive performance SUV with an output exceeding 600bhp.

BMW iX

The new generation of the iDrive display and operating system making its debut in the BMW iX expands the interaction between driver and vehicle and turns it into a natural dialogue. It is based on the new BMW Operating System 8 and was designed with a clear focus on the touchscreen operation of the BMW Curved Display and on verbal communication with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, which has also undergone an extensive upgrade.

BMW iX

There’s an aluminium spaceframe construction and the use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the roof and at the sides, all of which results in a rigid body structure without bearing much weight. The exterior design is optimised to render a drag coefficient of just 0.25, something that also positively impacts efficiency and range. As like most EVs, the high-voltage battery is located low down in the car’s underbody.

BMW iX

All models will get the standard 12.3-inch instrument cluster that merges with into a 14.9-inch infotainment screen, though, as well as a Harmon/Kardon sound system and 21-inch wheels. As an alternative to the standard 20-inch light-alloy wheels, there is a choice of 21-inch and 22-inch Air Performance Wheels, both of which can be fitted with noise-reduced tyres which have a layer of foam on their inner surface to improve acoustic comfort.

So TG Clan, what are your thoughts on this electric, racy BMW SUV?