BMW iX3 concept presents electric future of crossovers

BMW iX3 concept presents electric future of crossovers

BMW iX3 concept presents electric future of crossovers

There are design tweaks - blanked off kidney grille and blue styling accents - but it's all still recognisably X3.

BMW says that the iX3's electric drive system is the fifth iteration of its battery technology, and it combines new batteries with an electric motor, transmission, and all the necessary control electronics bundled into one section of the auto.

BMW says that the Concept iX3 "underscores" its resolve to strengthen its leadership in electric mobility. That means better performance, operating range, weight, packaging space, and flexibility in the vehicle.

The name says a lot about BMW's newest design study. BMW has finally offered details of this new generation of electronic drive systems. 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.


With the world premiere of the BMW Concept iX3, the BMW Group is opening a new chapter in its electrification strategy.

Aesthetically, the iX3 is immediately recognisable as a BMW X model. There's also lots of blue highlighting to reinforce the car's electric credentials, while it also gets "aerodynamically optimised" alloy wheels. This allows the electric drivetrain to be more easily fitted in different vehicles.

The concept is powered by a 200 kW/270 hp electric motor. Meanwhile, BMW has also promised a non-SUV i4 model for the same year - it's rumoured to take design cues from the Vision Dynamics concept that was shown at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The likewise model-specific high-voltage battery has a net capacity of over 70 kWh, which is enough to give the electric SAV a range of more than 400 kilometres (249 miles) in the WLTP cycle. In addition, BMW said that charging times on the iX3 can be as quick as 30 minutes when plugged in fast charging stations with 150 kW outputs.

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