BMW’s first fully electric SUV is here and won’t be coming to the US. Using a heavily modified X3 CLAR chassis, the iX3 concept was unveiled back in 2018 and now finally the production model is here. BMW has made sure to change the styling like adding a unique front grille design and totally unique front bumper with side art vents and blue accents. BMW new e-drive system is designed to be modular and scale able to be used across many different models.

BMW unveils First Ever BMW iX3
BMW unveils First Ever BMW iX3

Underneath is a 5th gen e-drive system with an 80kWh battery pack on the floor making 282HP and 295 lb-ft of torque and capable of 285 miles of range on the WLTP cycle. It is RWD only as well, 0-60 happens in 6.8sec and can do 150kWh fast charging going from 0% to 80% in 34min. 

The side of the new iX3 also has a unique lower side skirt for aero, a silver accented side vent and unique aero wheels. The rear looks sort of the same as the normal X3 minus the exhaust tips and instead adds a diffuser with blue accents. The iX3 is not a “true” EV in the sense it uses a modified X3 platform like what Mercedes is doing with the EQC and upcoming EQA and EQB. The first TRUE BMW EV SUV will be the iNext which will sport a totally new design language inside and out and impressive technology.

2021 BMW iX3 Interior

BMW is yet to disclose the interior view of the iX3, but it’s not expected to look much different from the regular that of the regular X3, and that’s no bad thing. A 12.3in digital instrument cluster and 10.25in infotainment screen are standard, with the latter being accessed via a control dial between the front seats, rather than by touch only. That means the iX3’s infotainment should be easier to use on the move than the all-touchscreen setup found in the E-tron and the combination of touchpads and touchscreen used in the EQC.

2021 BMW iX3
2021 BMW iX3

2021 BMW iX3 price

The official price for the all new BMW iX3 price is yet to be available but likely to start at around ₦31 million, representing a substantial premium over the combustion-engined X3 but placing BMW’s newest model broadly in line with its E-tron and EQC rivals. 

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