Before the first UK customer deliveries from December 2021, the new all-electric BMW iX3 has undergone a minor exterior design refresh – the grille and lower air intake are now larger, the headlights are slimmer – and the M Sport Package has been introduced as standard in the UK.
The BMW iX3 has an 80 kWh battery, delivering a 286 mile range, and it features BMW Group’s fifth-generation eDrive technology including a charging unit which sends power to both the 400V battery and the 12V on-board power supply. When charging using alternating current, it enables both single-phase and three-phase charging at up to 11 kW.
The BMW iX3 can rapid charge at up to 150 kW, meaning the battery can be charged from 0 to 80 per cent in 34 minutes, or 62 miles can be added to the car’s driving range (in the WLTP cycle) in just 10 minutes.
There are two models, the BMW iX3 M Sport, priced at £59,730, or the BMW iX3 M Sport Pro, priced at £62,730. First UK customer deliveries will be from December 2021.
There will be the choice of four exterior metallic body paint colours – Carbon Black, Mineral White, Phytonic Blue and Sophisto Grey – and 19” black aerodynamic wheels.
The BMW iX3 M Sport Pro will offer additional standard features include a head-up display and Harman Kardon surround sound.
With the launch of BMW Charging in the UK, BMW iX3 customers have access to one of the world’s largest public charging networks using just one RFID card or App. Using a single BMW Charging card or BMW Charging App, customers can charge at more than 11,000 charging points from different operators across the UK, as well as 173,000 charge points across Europe.
BMW iX3 drivers benefit from access to charge points from a range of operators, with the current network including bp pulse (including ChargeYourCar), ESB, Osprey, Source London and Chargepoint Network UK (including INSTAVOLT) and others. High-power charging stations via IONITY are also part of the BMW Charging network. Combined, this gives drivers access to over 8,500 AC and 1,500 DC charging points across the UK, plus a further 162,000 AC and 11,000 DC charging points across Europe.
For drivers who use public charging more frequently, BMW Charging offers two additional monthly subscription packages. The ‘bp pulse’ package (£7.85 per month) offers customers preferential pricing per/kWh when charging at over 5,500 bp pulse charging points. Customers using up to 22kW AC pay just £0.16 per kWh, up to 43kW AC or 50kW DC is £0.23 per kWh, and up to 150kW DC at £0.27 per kWh.
For drivers who use the IONITY charging network, the ‘IONITY Plus’ package (£11.30 per month) provides access to a preferential rate of just £0.26 per kWh, saving drivers £0.43 per kWh compared to the pay-as-you-go rate when using up to 350kW DC charging.
Customers who purchase a new BMW iX3 vehicle via a BMW Centre are eligible for both the ‘bp pulse’ and ‘IONITY Plus’ packages for 12 months, without subscription fee.
During the customer-use phase, the iX3 outperforms the diesel-powered BMW X3 xDrive 20d by more than 30 per cent when drawing on average European electricity sources or roughly 60 per cent when powered by green electricity.