BMW iX Sets EV Industry Standards
When it comes to electric vehicles, performance has always been a concern, even with top-of-the-range brands. Let’s see what the BMW iX has to offer once it’s launched in 2021, but not before first enjoying this short movie with Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz and Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG discussing the BMW iX. Enjoy the clip, read on for more on the BMW iX and geek out the photo gallery at the bottom!
A First In BMW SAVs
The BMW iX is still in its development phase, with the expected launch date set at the end of 2021, but it surely has us on the edge of our seats! A sneak peek from the prestigious German automotive company on its latest innovation showed us a preview of what’s in store in the not-so-distant future of the automotive industry. The BMW iX is the first-ever all electric all-wheel drive Sports Activity Vehicle out there and it’s no surprise that its debut is much anticipated by motoring enthusiasts.
First off, the precise and minimalist design showcases a new form of generational poise in cars of the future. The BMW iX is the first model developed to suit a new and modular approach from BMW Group. As a purely electric vehicle, the series also boasts the latest innovations in the field, including seamless driving automation and cutting-edge mobility experiences that will surely deliver an energetic driving experience to its user.
Long Range and Efficiency
Efficiency in long-range driving is an ultimate concern in electric vehicles, which is comfortably addressed by the fifth-generation BMW eDrive instilled in the BMW iX. Two electric motors, dynamic power electronics, and impressive charging technology will power the mighty BMW iX from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.0 seconds with a maximum output of more than 370 kW.
What about the
fuel electric power consumption? The answer is an exceptionally low figure among its segment, with less than 21 kWh per 100 kilometres recorded in the WLTP test cycle. This would enable the car to record a range of over 600 kilometres with a gross energy of more than 100 kWh, courtesy of BMW Group’s latest-generation high voltage battery.
Meanwhile, DC fast charging of up to 200KW in the BMW iX will take the battery to its full capacity in just under 40 minutes. Ten minutes of charging will give enough energy for the car to travel more than 120 kilometres, while a full charge will only take up to eleven hours from a 11kW capacity wallbox.
New Tech, New Driving Experience
The BMW iX is kitted out with enough new features that will make drivers want to cling to the steering wheel maybe just a wee bit longer than necessary. From its new technology toolkit, users can expect a significant upgrade on automated driving and digital services. With the aim of setting a new benchmark in the industry, the iX boasts a higher dose of computing power and a substantially improved sensor technology (5G capable) that assists the Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV) in processing 20 times the data (double) of previous models.
The minimalistic design of the iX also contributes to a premium and supreme look-and-feel of a futuristic vehicle, focusing on the dominant themes of familiarity, relaxation and self-determination. The exterior designs of the iX redefines the best among BMW’s best models; taking up BMW X5’s length and width, BMW X6’s height, and BMW X7’s wheel size.
Among other features of the BMW iX that further highlights its superiority are:
- Shy Tech: The front-end grille takes on a fully digital function, acting as an intelligence panel that includes sensors, camera and radar technology for an advanced driver assistance system. The front BMW badge features the windscreen washer fluid while the rear badge includes a rear-view camera and cleaning system.
- Body characteristics: Flush-fitted door openers for one-touch activation, frameless door windows for a daring but classy look, as well as a reduced and graciously shaped body lines for a commanding look of a premium model.
- Bold headlights and rear lights: Slimmest set of lights to ever grace a BMW model.
- Driver’s aesthetics: Fitted with a hexagonal steering wheel and include a dynamic BMW Head-Up Display on a curved instrument panel. Polished crystal finishing on gear selector and controls.
- Comfort: High-quality textile and microfiber fabrics wrap the seats as well as ergonomically-shaped head restraints for elegant comfort.
- Sustainability features: Uses rare-earth raw materials to manufacture its two electric motors. Also uses high volume of recycled and natural materials in its interior design.
Delivered From The “Workshop of the Future”
The BMW iX is currently the focal point of the group’s new technology flagship, i.e. the “workshop of the future,” which focuses on the technological and aesthetic aspects of a car. The design and features of the SAV, with its optimised aerodynamics, extensive use of sustainable materials, and cutting-edge design are hoped to construct a perfect foundation for more futuristic automobile development in the future of BMW Group.
Expected to decorate the many streets of the world some time in 2021, the BMW iX is a high-performance machine that stays up-to-date with the issues of today’s world, especially when it comes to sustainability. If you’re a BMW fan or are always on the lookout for a high-performance car that doesn’t hurt the Earth, this is one vehicle that should be on your radar.
A football enthusiast and a casual gamer, Izzat Nizar has a soft spot for linguistics. Very much interested in different dialects and slangs around the world , he refrains from being a ‘Grammar Nazi’ while observing the way people use language in their daily lives. He has added to his experience in writing with his recent involvement in writing articles for Tourism Malaysia and Convergence by Malaysia Airports.