The BMW iX is the first model to be based on the group’s new future toolkit. The company’s new technology flagship represents a fresh interpretation of design, sustainability, locally emission-free driving pleasure, versatility and luxury. The market launch will get underway at the end of 2021 with two model variants.
“We made a promise and we will deliver on that promise: the market launch of the BMW iX will get underway at the end of this year with a two-pronged approach – in the form of the BMW iX xDrive40 and BMW iX xDrive50,” says Pieter Nota, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, responsible for Customer, Brands and Sales.
“Plus, our customers will now benefit from new additions to the range of vehicle functions that can be uploaded to their cars during ownership, and enjoy a seamless and extremely customer-oriented configuration process with personalised products and services.”
The new electric car will compete against rival electric models such as the Audi e-tron, Mercedes EQC and Tesla Model X.
Vehicle production at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing and battery cell manufacturing use only green power from certified sources; aluminium manufactured using solar energy.
The battery cells are manufactured according to precise specifications from the BMW Group and integrated into model-specific high-voltage batteries. The iX xDrive50 is therefore fitted with a battery with a gross energy content of over 100 kWh at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, while the battery unit for the iX xDrive40 has a gross energy content of more than 70 kWh. This gives the BMW iX xDrive50 a range in excess of 600 kilometres in the WLTP test cycle. And the WLTP-calculated range of the BMW iX xDrive40 is more than 400 kilometres. (All figures relating to performance, energy consumption and range are predicted values based on the car’s current stage of development.)
The new technology toolkit making its debut in the BMW iX also provides the platform for significant progress in the areas of automated driving and digital services. For example, the level of computing power has been developed to process 20 times the data volume of previous models. As a result, around double the amount of data from vehicle sensors can be processed than was previously possible.
“We are setting new industry standards with the technology in the BMW iX. 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.
Extremely high level of computing power for data processing, extremely powerful sensors, 5G capability provides the basis for optimised automated driving and parking functions.
“The iX shows how we can give new technologies a very modern and emotional design. The car is technologically complex, but it feels very clear and uncomplicated,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design.
“The iX offers a mobile living space in which people will feel at ease, where the car’s intelligence is only there when you need it.”
BMW iX is the BMW Group’s first series-produced vehicle with a hexagonal steering wheel. Track-inspired contour improves ease of access and gives the driver a better view of the Information Display. Newly designed multifunction buttons; optional steering wheel heating now with three-stage control.
The iX refines the successful Sports Activity Vehicle concept. Muscular proportions created by the exterior length and width of the BMW X5, the height of the BMW X6 and the wheel dimensions of the BMW X7.