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The BMW iX3 will be produced only in China from this summer

The Bavarian brand has already announced its electric ambitions with the BMW iX3. The emission-free SUV will go into production this summer.

After a few years without a new member in its i range, BMW has remained absent from the electric car segment. But the Munich firm will soon correct the situation with the arrival of the BMW iX3, the electric version of the compact SUV X3.

According to Oliver Zipse, CEO of the propeller brand, the BMW iX3 will go into production this summer, according to the schedule predefined by the manufacturer. And this despite the uncertainties linked to the current pandemic, especially in the region of the globe where it will be released: the SUV will be exclusively produced in China, in the Shenyang factory.

440 km of range for the BMW iX3

First vehicle of the manufacturer to rest on a platform which can receive a thermal motorization and an electric motorization, the BMW iX3 will embark an engine of 286 ch and a battery of 74 kWh. The latter announces a range of 440 km on a WLTP cycle.

Sufficient for Europeans, the battery has not, however, been deemed sufficient by American dealers to satisfy local customers. According to them, the 250 miles of autonomy of the EPA do not allow it to be competitive enough in a market where an electric vehicle must have, at the very least, a range of 300 miles (480 km).

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