BMW unveils new all-electric SUV at Auto China show

BMW unveils new all-electric SUV at Auto China show

The SUV with all-electric drivetrain will blaze a trail for both the fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology and a flexible vehicle architecture which in future will allow all BMWs to be fitted with a combustion engine, a plug-in hybrid system or a battery-electric drive unit, as desired.

It also seems that the iX3 will be the first of many electric variants of models in the BMW range - the company has trademarked every combination from iX1 to iX9, which hints that a wide electric SUV range will eventually arrive. This technology groups the electric motor, transmission, and power electronics into a new separate electric dive component. As for the electric motor, it does not require any rare earths. It has a more powerful battery that offers better performance and range combined with lower weight and volume.

Under the skin is BMW's latest electric motor that churns out over 270bhp, or about the same as the current X3 30d. It comes with model-specific high-voltage battery has a net capacity of over 70 kWh. The energy storage system has a newly developed Charging Control Unit and is created to be hooked up to fast-charging stations generating up to 150 kW. Using fast charging (think: 150 kilowatts, CCS standard) will deliver an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes.

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Electric mobility also means a differentiation in design. The closed double kidney with the blue accentuation continues the BMW i Vision Dynamics brand already featured in the BMW i Vision Dynamics. For now, BMW has yet to show its interior.

Interestingly at the front, the vehicle shows off a new aerodynamic kidney grille for the brand, although it's noticeably similar to the rest of BMW's current "i" cars. The same is true of the concept's special "aerodynamically optimised" alloy wheels.

BMW has taken the wraps off a concept that previews its first all-electric SUV, as well as signposting the German company's EV future.

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