High-tech boost for BMW line-up
An array of new-generation technology is being promised in the first BMW iX, which is due to arrive in New Zealand in the final quarter of 2021.
Featuring in the iX line-up is the xDrive40, which is capable of 240kW combined output, 630Nm torque and 425km range from a 76.6kWh battery.
In contrast, the xDrive50 version has a 385kW combined output, up to 765Nm torque and 630km range from 111.5kWh battery.
The BMW iX M60 is set to join the range at a later date and will produce a maximum output of more than 440kW.
Fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology is fitted to the BMW iX and brings together the electric motor, power electronics and transmission within a single housing.
It delivers 0-100kph acceleration times of 6.1 seconds for the xDrive 40 and 4.6 seconds for the xDrive50.
There are flexible charging options and as much as 150km of range can be added in just 10 minutes on the xDrive50 and 95km on the xDrive40 when using a DC fast-charging station.
Adaptive brake energy recuperation gives a further boost to the efficiency and range of the BMW iX. The vehicle’s control display also has an integrated “Efficiency Trainer” to provide hints for driving in an economical manner.
The new technology toolkit in the BMW iX offers potential for the development of automated driving and parking functions, with the prospect of Level 3 functionality in the medium term.
Standard driver-assistance systems include front collision warning, steering and lane control assistant, and active cruise control.
Notable exterior features include the almost completely blanked-off BMW kidney grille, which incorporates camera and radar sensors.
In addition to acoustic pedestrian protection, the BMW iX also features a specially composed drive sound that provides authentic feedback in response to accelerator movements and speed.
Announcements on local pricing in New Zealand will be made closer to market launch.