BMW iX (2021): Electric SUV with wooden touch surfaces

Range, drive, price: all-wheel drive and a range of around 600 km

BMW presents its new electric flagship: the SUV iX. After the BMW i3 and iX3, the iX is the third electrically powered model from the Munich-based company. Yet End of 2021 should the electric SUV for Starting price of 77,300 euros come on the market. The wheelbase of the BMW iX is three meters.


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The SUV is round five meters long, 1.70 meters high and around 2600 kilograms heavy. Nevertheless, the top model should be thanks All-wheel drive and up to 523 hp Accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in less than five seconds – and with one battery charge more than 600 kilometers range create (according to WLTP). Consumption: less than 21 kWh. The iX in two versions with all-wheel drive give.

Previous technical data and prices:

BMW iX xDrive40 Power: 240 kW (326 PS) Drive: all-wheel drive Battery capacity: 71 kWh net Range: 425 km (according to WLTP) Charging power: 150 kW Consumption: 19.4 kWh / 100 km Price: from 77,300 euros.

BMW iX xDrive50 Power: 385 kW (523 PS) Drive: all-wheel drive Battery capacity: 105.2 kWh net Range: 631 km (according to WLTP) Charging power: 200 kW Consumption: 19.4 kWh / 100 km Price: from 98,000 euros. (Calculate maintenance costs? To the car insurance comparison)

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Despite its weight of 2.5 tons, the iX accelerates to 100 km / h in less than five seconds.

First ride: the BMW iX is a good touring car (update!)

The iX is a good piece of travel. It rolls extremely quietly, even at high speeds. Tricks like a layer of foam inside the tire can help. The air suspension – built into the iX xDrive50 – works very well and with plenty of reserves. The Sit we can thanks to the delicate surface and optimal consistency of the upholstery pure armchair qualities attest. The power development matches the driving impression. The many Newton meters are simply always there. The almost 2.6-ton SUV accelerates calmly but relentlessly. In addition, the electronics regulate the interplay of forces between the front and rear electric motor in a telepathic manner – this type of all-wheel drive is probably the only true one to deal with 765 Newton meters of the tested iX xDrive50 with 523 PS to heave into the street.
BMW iX xDrive50

The BMW has a bearish start, but does not get the typical BMW virtues when it comes to steering.

At the same time, the car can dose gently, crawls with the finest forward note when maneuvering, recuperates in selectable levels and of course intelligently. Great: from push mode, the iX goes to work with jagged edges when the pedal is depressed. Im relaxed Eco mode the iX consumes unexpectedly little: Consumption values ​​just below 25 kWh are possible. However, we could not discover the very fine BMW driving machine in the iX. Its steering portioned out too smoothly for this weight class and with too little tension; You also have to concentrate on maneuvering the heavy and wide car on its 22-inch wheels over narrow country roads without any corrections. At the same time, you feel more seated on top of the car than poured into the body and seats.

Conclusion by Jan Horn: “Confident, fast and comfortable – a first-class travel companion. The range of the iX with its 105.2 kWh battery pack even matches it.”

Motors: BMW relies on new electric motor technology

The technical concept behind the e-motors of the iX is already known from the iX3: Instead of permanent or hybrid excited synchronous motors, the Munich-based company is using it electrically excited synchronous motors (ESM). They do not use a permanent magnet, which makes them lighter and can be controlled depending on the need for propulsion. (How the engine concept of the iX works in detail has AUTO BILD summarized here.)

Battery and charging: fill up with a 120 km range in ten minutes

With the xDrive50, the electricity is stored in a 105.2 kWh battery, which is also connected to Fast charging stations can be filled. Thanks to the charging power of 200 kW, the iX should be charged from ten to 80 percent in 40 minutes. Specifically: Come in ten minutes 120 kilometers range to. BMW states that these values ​​should also apply to the smaller 70 kWh battery to a similar extent. And: One major point of criticism of electric cars cannot be made with the iX – the drive does not require any rare earths.

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Minimalist air vents, heated surfaces: a view of the interior of the BMW iX.

Design: touch surfaces made of wood

Aerodynamics are particularly important when designing an electric car. That is why BMW has redesigned the exterior mirrors (cameras are not enforceable), developed special air performance wheels in 21 and 22 inches (click here for the all-season tire test 2021) and integrated the door handles flush. And inside? The first glance is at the approximately 60 centimeter long, free-standing curved display. This includes a 12.3-inch digital speedometer behind the hexagonal steering wheel and a 14.9-inch central display. The driver’s right arm rests on a floating center console with a rocker switch for gear selection, a touch controller made of crystal glass and a touch surface made of wood all around. As with Mercedes, the seat adjustment moves into the door panels, the door is opened from the inside using a touch button.

New iDrive: For the first time in the BMW iX

The iX will do that too new iDrive to be found in a BMW for the first time. The system is operated via the Curved display served and held despite more advanced voice control the usual iDrive controller. The operation should become even more intuitive with the Operating System 8.0. Thanks to 5G connectivity, the vehicle should react with its environment at lightning speed.

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Camera technology, radar functions and sensors are located behind the completely closed kidney.

Autonomous driving: The driver can take his hands off the steering wheel

The new digital car platform uses 5G and Gigabit Ethernet. In theory, everyone in the car can stream 4K video at the same time. The car is networked with cell phones, roads, traffic lights and other cars. It uses the swarm intelligence of all networked BMWs and gets updates “over the air”. The iX can drive autonomously up to level 2+means: The driver can take his hands off the steering wheel, but his eyes must always be on the road. A camera constantly checks the alignment of the tip of the nose (it does not work with a mask).

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