BMW's iX3 concept heralds electric expansion

25 April, 2018, 15:14 | Author: Shannon Newton
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Blue accents - a common trait across BMW's i3 and i8 models - appear across the auto, contrasting with the matte Moonstone Silver paint finish.

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.

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The Concept iX3 highlights the fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology. Apparently, the new layout "brings considerable advances in terms of performance characteristics, operating range, weight, packaging space and flexibility".

BMW says that the Concept iX3 "underscores" its resolve to strengthen its leadership in electric mobility. The company says: "This study of a first all-electric model from BMW is clearly defined by the robust and sophisticated all-round character of an SAV, which remains unaffected by the presence of a locally emission-free drive system".

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As is so often the case, the iX3 is a concept in name only.

Aesthetically, the iX3 is immediately recognisable as a BMW X model. BMW says this will also allow its future cars to be more flexible with their powertrains, whether that be combustion engines, plug-in hybrids or all-electric-cars. Entirely electric, it's powered by an electric motor that draws electricity from a 70-kWh battery pack which stores enough juice for about 250 miles of range in the European testing cycle. The concept is also fitted with light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimised design. The closed double kidney with the blue accentuation continues the BMW i Vision Dynamics brand already featured in the BMW i Vision Dynamics. Like the one used by the Audi e-tron, the i3X's battery is said to have been designed with 150kW fast-charging stations in mind, making a full charge possible in just 30 minutes thanks to clever battery cooling and temperature control technology.

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