Big announcements from BMW this week. They just launched the new BMW iDrive, and now the two variations of the electric flagship models, the BMW iX xDrive40 and xDrive50 due for orders at the end of 2021.
The BMW iX takes on the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) concept, and these variants are based on their new, modular, scalable toolkit on which the future of the BMW Group will be built.
According to BMW’s management, the pricing for the xDrive40 will start at 77,300 EUR in Germany. For our sake in the region, we’re guessing that it will be available here in the UAE at around AED 405,000 – making it a little bit more expensive than the entry level BMX X5 xDrive40.
The Power Plant
Taking a different approach to the motors, the electric motors for the BMW iX are marked out by a design which enables the use of rare earths to be avoided. They work according to the principle of a current-excited synchronous motor. The excitation of the rotor in the BMW iX motors is not induced by fixed permanent magnets, but the feed-in of electric energy. This also adds the benefit of getting peak torque immediately at kick-down.
In the BMW iX xDrive50, the drive system – which features one electric motor on the front axle and another at the rear axle – produces total output of over 500 hp and 0 to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds. The BMW iX xDrive40 has an output of more than 300 hp, allowing it to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in a tad over 6 seconds.
More Tech = More Range
The electric motor, transmission and power electronics of the BMW iX come are integrated within a single housing, resulting in average electric power consumption (WLTP) of less than 21 kWh per 100 kilometers for the BMW iX xDrive50 and under 20 kWh per 100 kilometers for the BMW iX xDrive40.
The batteries are a product of fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology and are positioned low down in the vehicle floor as an integral component of the body.
The BMW iX xDrive50 is fitted with a battery with a gross energy content of over 100 kWh, while the battery unit for the BMW iX xDrive40 has a gross energy content of more than 70 kWh. This gives the BMW iX xDrive50 a range in excess of 600 kilometers (WLTP), and over 400 kilometers for xDrive40.
The BMW iX xDrive50 can recharge at up to 200 kW, while the maximum charging capacity of the BMW iX xDrive40 is 150 kW. This translates into a generous 120 km / 90 km range in just ten-minute plug-in time. If you have more time, you can go from 10 to 80 percent capacity in less than 40 minutes.
New technology toolkit underpins further advances towards automated driving.
The new technology toolkit making its debut in the BMW iX also provides the platform for significant progress in the areas of automated driving and digital services. For example, the level of computing power has been developed to process 20 times the data volume of previous models. As a result, around double the amount of data from vehicle sensors can be processed than was previously possible.
BMW has gone with the minimalist approach to the design, and interior offers great options for the drive.
“The BMW iX shows how we can give new technologies a very modern and emotional design. The car is technologically complex, but it feels very clear and uncomplicated,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The BMW iX offers a mobile living space in which people will feel at ease, where the car’s intelligence is only there when you need it.”
More on this as we receive word from BMW Middle East.