As already reported last year, BMW is planning the market launch of an electric version of its new mid-size SUV X3. Over the weekend, the company released a short teaser video featuring the model called iX3.
The vehicle presented in the video is just a concept version, but BMW will probably use it to measure public interest. More specifically, China's interest in the world public of this automobile will be expressed at the Beijing Motor Show this week.
In the video, BMW confirms the name iX3 and confirms that it will be a concept vehicle using a purely electric powertrain. An electric X3 has been in the pipeline for some time, but this is the first time BMW has shown some physical evidence.
At the front, the iX3 will adopt a unique grille layout compared to the normal X3 of it with connected kidney lattices. Electric means that air inlets are not really needed because there is no radiator. There is also no need for air intakes for the engine since electric motors do not breathe like a conventional internal combustion engine.
This means that the iX3 is likely to adopt a tailored front end compared to the normal model. We can probably expect a more aerodynamic front bumper and smoothed sections, as well as a lower front end to reduce lift. Electric vehicles are typically more aerodynamically designed than their gasoline-powered cousins, as this helps with their overall range.
Details of the power source have yet to be discovered. Speculation suggests that the production version will provide a range of at least 500 km. This should help him to compete with the upcoming rivals of Audi and Mercedes-Benz. Both want to introduce the e-tron quattro or the GLC-based EQC. Jaguar also has the I-PACE crossover on the market.
All will be released on the Beijing Show on April 25, production will be confirmed for 2020. Stay tuned for updates and check out the preview below for a quick look.
– BMW Group (@BMWGroup) April 20, 2018