BMW launched an all-electric iX SUV (except the Indian showroom) at a price of Rs 1.16 crore. iX comes from the CBU (fully constructed unit) route and is now available as xDrive 40.
The BMW iX design was previewed by the iNext concept car for the first time in 2018. It is a futuristic interpretation of BMW's appearance, with several EV-specific bits that distinguish it from the brand's ICE-powered models. The front face of the iX features BMW’s obvious and fairly large kidney grille, and there is no need to send air into the radiator. The grille is sealed and contains multiple cameras, radars and sensors required for driver assistance systems. Compared with other BMW models, the slender headlights have also received a new LED logo-the traditional corona light pattern has been replaced by a quadruple light strip. Other notable shapes include frameless windows, flush door handles, fixed clamshell hoods and stylish LED taillights.
Although the size of the iX is similar to that of the BMW X5, its internal space is more comparable to that of the X7, thanks to the electric architecture, which frees up space around the front center console area and allows the use of a flat floor. The real highlight of the interior is the new hexagonal steering wheel and huge curved display, which doubles as a dashboard and infotainment unit. The one-piece curved glass combines a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch infotainment display, both of which tilt toward the driver.
The BMW iX xDrive 40 produces 326hp of power and 630Nm of peak torque. BMW claims that the xDrive 40 can sprint from 0-100kph in 6.1 seconds, with a top speed of 200kph. The xDrive 40 is equipped with a dual motor setup, with one motor on each shaft, enabling all-wheel drive. The AWD controller distributes torque between the front and rear axles according to driving conditions.
The electric motor is paired with a 76.6kWh battery pack, so that the SUV has a range of 425 kilometers in the WLTP cycle. As standard equipment, BMW offers a 2.3kW single-phase charger for household sockets and an 11kW AC wall charger as an introductory offer. Using a 2.3kW charger, the battery can be fully charged from 0 to 100% in 36 hours, while the latter can be fully charged in just 7 hours.
iX also supports DC fast charging, which can charge the battery from 10% to 80% in 73 minutes under a 50kW capacity, and only 31 minutes under a 150kW capacity (if you can find it).
In terms of functions, iX is equipped with electrochromic panoramic glass roof, multi-function seats with memory and massage function, BMW virtual assistant, head-up display, wireless charging, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, 4 zones and other equipment. Climate control, 18-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, surround view camera, etc.
On-board safety features include multiple airbags, ABS with brake assist, cruise control with brake function, dynamic stability control (DSC), tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and a series of driver assistance functions, such as active return Lane change warning, blind spot detection and forward collision warning.
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