BMW iX3 Concept With 400km Range Shown At Beijing Motor Show

BMW shares teaser video for its new iX3 SUV

The technology helps in more powerful and denser batteries, thus saving on weight. It comprises an electric motor, transmission and power electronics into a new, separate electric drive unit. The components for the fifth-generation powertrain are coming from production facilities in the U.S., China and Germany. Another notable element is that the electric motor does not need any rare earths, which means the BMW Group is not dependent on their availability. And, when fully charged, it can go more than 400 km based on the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP).

- BMW Concept iX3 previews the all-electric X3.

Talking of the looks, BMW hasn't tried to differentiate it much from the basis X3 variants. That grille is subtly reshaped to give it a bit more of a distinctive flavour, with a strong touch of the styling of that i Vision Dynamics concept.

The BMW iX3 electric SUV is also equipped with aerodynamically optimised wheels shod with low rolling resistance tyres. Lastly, there's an integrated rear bumper diffuser in the iX3.

Like the vehicle architectures and eDrive technology of the future, the BMW Group's worldwide production network is also set up to provide a high level of flexibility - in this case for the production of models with electric drive systems. An enlarged kidney grille, that's filled in to improve aero efficiency, dominates the front fascia which has smaller air inlets and smoother surfacing, too, compared to the mainstream BMW X3.

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"We don't invent a completely new vehicle with the design".

BMW says that future vehicles will be developed with electric power in mind from the outset, and that its architecture will cater for front, rear and all-wheel-drive layouts.

The other model now in BMW's "i" range is the i3 supermini (right).

And it's not the only electrified offroader you should expect to see from the German giants - it has already trademarked every name from iX1 to iX9, suggesting a range of plug-in SUVs are in the pipeline. Also, the automaker claims that it has flexible new platforms allowing it to fit all-electric powertrains into any new series model.

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