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BMW iX3 teased ahead of its launch. The iX3 is BMW's first all-electric SUV and, as the name suggests, will be based on the mid-segment X3. The upcoming BMW iX3 will be the second product in BMW's electric portfolio; the first model being the i3 hatchback.
The teaser doesn't reveal much, but a new form of the Bavarian kidneys. BMW had announced that they will be unveiling their first all-electric SUV at Auto China 2018.
With the new BMW iX3, the brand aims to rival the upcoming Jaguar I-Pace and the proven Tesla Model X. It seems manufacturers see an impending demand for all-electric vehicles. Various governments around the world are also in support.
BMW recently launched the new X3 in India. The X3 comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine which makes 190bhp and 400Nm of torque.
As told earlier, BMW currently has only one model in their all-electric portfolio - The i3. The i3 was launched in 2014. The electric hatchback has a 22kWh battery, helping it to sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.3 seconds. Meanwhile, the more powerful BMW i3S takes only 6.9 seconds. The 170bhp 250Nm motor of the i3 can give a range of 200 kilometres.
An optional range extender in the BMW iX3 comes in the form of a 647cc two-cylinder petrol engine. This, in combination with the electric motor, gives a combined range of 330km.
Another electric offering from BMW is the i8. Although the car is a hybrid, the BMW i8 has always been known for its electric powertrain.
The BMW i8 makes use of a 9.4kWh battery and a 1.5-litre TwinPower turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine. Combined, the car can produce 362bhp and 570Nm of torque.
The TeslaModel X is the most popular all-electric SUV sold today. The SUV coupe is also popular for its 'Ludicrous Mode' that provides neck-breaking acceleration.
According to reports, BMW is also working on an all-electric coupe and autonomous luxury car. The German company is also planning to enter into battery production for EVs. Other plans include setting up of charging stations across Europe, with the help of other major automotive companies.
One of the other anticipated all-electric SUVs, the Jaguar i-Pace comes with two electric motors on each axle. They are powered by a 90kWh battery.
The all-wheel-drive Jaguar has a claimed range of over 480km. In addition to this, the I-Pace makes 395bhp and 696Nm of torque; enough to make it sprint from 0-100km/h in just 4.5 seconds.
Porsche is also entering in the all-electric vehicle department. The brand has recently revealed the Mission E Cross Turismo concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Being a Porsche, the electric off-roader is expected to showcase benchmarking performance figures.
Thoughts On The BMW iX3
With the upcoming BMW iX3, the brand aims to be one-step ahead in the ‘EV-race'. A lot of manufacturers, big and small, are investing heavily in electric transport. Governments also seem to support this movement. However, in India, the current infrastructure cannot support premium electric vehicles.