IX3 concept blazes trail for electrified core BMWs

Say hello to the iX3, BMW's 'first' electric car

Well, yes it has but BMW makes the point that the i3 is specifically an i-badged model, so part of the quasi-experimental i-range, whereas the iX3, in spite of having i in its name, is part of the "core" BMW brand line-up, so is kinda technically BMW's first electric vehicle.

The iX3 adopts an evolution of BMW's design language that moves away from the separate twin-kidney grille that has characterized the brand's cars since the early 1930s. It also showcases the fifth-generation of BMW's eDrive technology.

"The BMW Concept iX3 underscores the BMW Group's resolve to further strengthen its leading position in the field of electric mobility, " BMW said. That means better performance, operating range, weight, packaging space, and flexibility in the vehicle. The transfer of the drive system technology originally developed for BMW i cars into vehicles from the BMW Group's core brands is entering a new dimension here. The specific front end with blue accents hint at the electric powertrain hidden under the sheet metal; the rest of the auto looks a lot like the X3 now on sale. The design of the iX3 is such that it is very compact. BMW says this will also allow its future cars to be more flexible with their powertrains, whether that be combustion engines, plug-in hybrids or all-electric-cars. The concept study is also fitted with light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimised design. The trademark blue accents of BMW's "i" range are prominently featured.

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The concept is powered by a 200 kW/270 hp electric motor.

BMW hasn't released photos of the interior.

The high-voltage battery is assisted with eDrive technology meaning it can be fully charged in 30 minutes at fast-charging stations. 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.

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