BMW IX3 EV Concept Debuts At 2018 Beijing Motor Show

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Say hello to the iX3, BMW's 'first' electric car

BMW is still not mentioning when their first all-electric crossover will reach the public.

Its Concept iX3 is such a vehicle that was showcased at the Beijing Auto Show that took place this year. Nevertheless, the production version of the iX3 might still receive the current hardware.

BMW Concept iX3 with more than 200 kW/270 hp electric motor and a WLTP range of more than 400 kilometres (249 miles).

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As far as the styling goes, the i model stands out when compared to the conventionally-powered BMW models, but not in the extreme manner of the i3 and i8.

The BMW iX3 will arrive in 2020, a bit behind the curve as the Jaguar I-Pace is already on sale and Audi's e-tron and Mercedes' EQ C are about to arrive.

The company is using the iX3 concept study to send out the message that pure electric mobility will soon be making its debut in the BMW core brand's model range. BMW eDrive technology today already is part of the plug-in hybrid drive system employed by the BMW iPerformance models and MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4.

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Under the skin is BMW's latest electric powertrain which bundles the motor, transmission and electronics in to a new Electric Drive Component, with more dense batteries offering weight and packaging advantages too.

Stylistically, it's much quieter looking than i-branded models, and is basically an X3 with a slightly tweaked bodykit and a blanked-off "kidney" grille at the front. There's also lots of blue highlighting to reinforce the car's electric credentials, while it also gets "aerodynamically optimised" alloy wheels.

Aesthetically, the iX3 is immediately recognisable as a BMW X model. The grille, side skirts, and diffuser lend the main accents to the body of the vehicle. Another notable element is that the electric motor does not need any rare earths, which means the BMW Group is not dependent on their availability. Its electric motor delivers 200 kW/270 hp while its voltage battery has a net capacity of over 70 kWh, enough to give the auto a range of more than 400km.

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