BMW’s new electric flagship, the strikingly styled iX SUV, will launch in the UK in November with a choice of two powertrains and prices starting at £ 69,905.
The entry-level iX xDrive40 uses the same four-wheel-drive, two-motor setup as the top-of-the-line xDrive50, but with a reduced power output of 500hp to 296hp. Its price corresponds to that of a “comparable” BMW X5 with conventional fuel. A high-end version iX M60 will be launched later this year.
The iX xDrive 40 can go 0-62 mph in 6.1 seconds, with a top speed of 124 mph. The iX xDrive40 delivers a claimed range of over 249 miles per charge from its 70+ kWh battery, which can be charged up to 150 kW.
Meanwhile, the iX xDrive 50 will retail for £ 91,905 and offer 516bhp, a 0-62mph time of 4.6 seconds and the same top speed limited to 124mph. It has a pack of over 100 kWh which increases the range up to 373 miles and has a load of 200 kW. It also has active steering and air suspension.
Both models will be offered in the UK in Sport and M Sport versions. As standard, the Sport includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument display, which connects to the 14.9-inch touchscreen to create a “curved” display unit, a Harmon / Kardon audio system at 18. speakers, 21-inch wheels and a range of driver assistance systems.
The M Sport trim adds an aerodynamic package with bespoke front and side aprons, rear diffuser and air curtain, M Sport brakes and an anthracite roof.
BMW has optimized range by increasing the energy density of the batteries, rather than the size of the units themselves, in an effort to reduce weight. The xDrive40 is capable of charging at speeds of up to 150 kW, which BMW says is fast enough to gain over 56 miles of charge in as little as 10 minutes, while the xDrive50 has a charging capacity of 200 kW for 75 miles in 10 minutes. Both cars, the company claims, can be charged from 10% to 80% of their capacity in less than 40 minutes and consume on average less than 21 kWh of electricity per 100 kilometers driven.
Over 125,000 miles, BMW claims, the iX xDrive40 has a global warming potential 45% lower than that of a comparable diesel car.
The company is striving to improve the sustainability of its supply chain and the increased use of recycled materials for the iX helps reduce emissions from the production process by 18%.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-02 05:49:47