BMW iX3 Electric Crossover Concept Debuts in Beijing, Production Set for 2020

25 April, 2018, 16:07 | Author: Tracy Craig
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The thinly-veiled concept is offering up a preview of the brand's first electric SUV, which will be imported to Europe and the USA from China. What you see in the gallery above is pretty much what you'll get when the iX3 arrives in showrooms in 2020.

BMW has been running teasers for the iX3 Concept ahead of its reveal at the Beijing Motor Show, but all they really gave away was a few highlights of blue and a new shape kidney grille. It has also been revealed that the production iX3 will be built in China at the firm's Shenyang plant - the company has yet to announce any other production sites for the vehicle, which could make it the first Chinese-built BMW to be sold in Europe.

Like most auto makers, BMW is ramping up its electric auto plans - and this will be one of the first new vehicles it will add to its line-up.

The exterior design is very similar to that of the brand's X3 in terms of shape and size, but the detailing makes it obvious that it is a BMW i vehicle. This means that any newly launched model could be offered in conventionally fuelled, hybrid and electric form. Finally, light alloy wheels exist at the base.

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Scalable components, flexible production.The fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology is distinguished by its extremely compact design. Assuming BMW continues to offer X-range models four-wheel drive, there's potential for a dual-motor set-up to be employed, which means 532bhp could be possible. The trademark blue accents of BMW's "i" range are prominently featured.

According to BMW, the concept vehicle sports a 268 hp (200 kW) electric motor. Also, its new electric motor can be manufactured without using any rare earth metals.

BMW also promises an impressive driving range on a single charge.

- The iX3 Concept has an output of 270bhp from 70kWh battery pack with a range of around 400km. BMW says that when the EV is charged with a fast-charging station providing 150 kW the battery pack can charge fully in 30 minutes. Initial production will be for the local market in China, but ultimately the Chinese plant will be the sole supplier of iX3's globally. The biggest change is certainly the standard kidney grille, which has been replaced with the linked unit inspired from the iVision Dynamics Concept.

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