The BMW iX xDrive50, due to be launched at the end of 2021, will have a range in excess of 373 miles based on the WLTP test cycle thanks to its 100 kWh+ battery, and the BMW iX xDrive40, with a 70 kWh+ battery, will have a range of more than 249 miles.
The BMW iX xDrive50 has an electric motor on the front axle and another at the rear axle, producing a total output of over 370 kW/500 hp and enabling acceleration of 0 to 62 mph in under 5.0 seconds.
The BMW iX xDrive40 has an output of more than 240 kW/300 hp, and a 0 to 62 mph acceleration time in around 6.0 seconds.
The average electric power consumption in the WLTP cycle is less than 21 kWh per 62 miles for the BMW iX xDrive50 and under 20 kWh per 62 miles in the case of the BMW iX xDrive40.
The BMW iX xDrive50 can replenish its high-voltage battery at up to 200 kW, while the maximum charging capacity of the BMW iX xDrive40 is 150 kW, meaning that a ten-minute plug-in time can provide sufficient energy to add more than 75 miles / 56 miles of range respectively. In both model variants, the high-voltage battery’s charge can be increased from 10 to 80 per cent of its full capacity in under 40 minutes.
The BMW iX xDrive40 will start at £69,000 in the UK – comparable with a BMW X5 with a conventional combustion engine. The BMW iX xDrive50 and BMW iX xDrive40 will be launched at the end of 2021.
BMW says that the iX xDrive40’s global warming potential is around 45 per cent lower than that of a Sports Activity Vehicle with a comparable diesel engine over 125,000 miles of use.
The BMW Group procures the cobalt and lithium required for the high-voltage batteries from controlled sources in Australia and Morocco, before supplying them to the battery cell manufacturers. The electric motors for the BMW iX avoid use of rare earth materials.