It was late, but it was well worth the wait. BMW has finally joined the EV party, following Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar. The BMW iX, an all-electric luxury SUV, has arrived in India via the Completely Built-Up (CBU) route in the xDrive 40 form. The BMW iX will be a strong competitor to the Mercedes-Benz EQC and Audi e-Tron.
The BMW iX is based on the iNext concept, which the premium automaker debuted in 2017. The SUV will be available in two models: the BMW iX xDrive40 and the BMW iX xDrive 50. The SUV's EV features are immediately noticeable, including a strong and larger-than-usual classic kidney-shaped grille with many cameras built into it.
The grille also holds a radar system and sensors, which round out the driver assistance systems, while the front bumper features four light bands in the upper part of the slim headlamps. Because of the tapering glasshouse, fixed clam-shell bonnet, fixed B-pillars, and frameless doors, the side profile appears fluidic. When it comes to the back, the tail lamps resemble the headlamps.
The iX xDrive 50 Sport has air vents atop a sharper bumper for aerodynamic efficiency, and the rear profile is smoother and more sombre. The BMW iX rides on 22-inch aerodynamically optimised wheels with 275/40 profile tyres.
The dimensions of the all-electric BMW iX are the same as those of the ICE-powered BMW X5. Furthermore, because of the electric infrastructure, its cabin space is comparable to that of the BMW X7. BMW employed recycled plastic and microfibre fabric for seating to encourage a sustainable approach.
A hexagonal steering wheel looks stunningly sumptuous above the sleek dashboard, which has a custom-made heads-up display. The dual digital displays, which include a 14-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, are even more appealing. The drive selector and the iDrive rotary controller are positioned on a high-set armrest, while the remainder of the controls are integrated into the door's upper portion.
The iX xDrive 40 produces 326 HP of power, 630 Nm of peak torque, and has a range of up to 414 kilometres. According to the claim, the iX xDrive 40 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds. The iX xDrive 50 has a range of up to 611 km and delivers 523 HP and 765 Nm of peak torque. This model is said to speed from 0 to 100 kph in 4.6 seconds.
The BMW iX has two electric motors, one on each axle, resulting in an all-wheel-drive system. Based on the driving circumstances, the AWD powertrain regulates torque as needed by the front and rear axles. As a result, the BMW iX may be operated in rear-wheel drive and then quickly switched to all-wheel drive when necessary.
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The BMW iX xDrive 40 features a 76.6kWh battery pack and a range of 425 kilometres. BMW provides a 2.3kW single-phase charger for home connections as well as an 11kW AC wallbox charger. The battery can be charged from 0 to 100% in 36 hours using the 2.3kW charger, and it can be topped off in just seven hours with the 11 kW charger. The BMW iX also supports DC fast charging, allowing it to charge the battery from 10% to 80% in 73 minutes at 50kW capacity and in 31 minutes at 150kW capacity.
The BMW iX is priced at 1.16 crore (ex-showroom) and will compete with the Mercedes-Benz EQC, Audi e-Tron SUV and Sportback, and Jaguar i-Pace. For best deals on BMW cars please visit Car Lelo.
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