​New BMW iX

The first ever iX



Introduction

The BMW iX looks towards the future with clean and minimal architecture, all-electric power and highly innovative and intelligent technology. Designed from ‘the inside, out’, the five-seater SUV is the production version of the iNEXT concept car and is expected to become available in the latter half of 2021.

Design


A modern and minimal exterior made up of simple surfaces, sharp lines and angles gives the iX a self-assured presence. The futuristic and streamlined shape is accentuated by elegant frameless doors and 21” Aerowheels, while the front bumper is dominated by the vertical kidney grille that features a camera, radar and sensor technology. Twin headlights and rear lights (the slimmest to be introduced on a series BMW) sit above to further solidify its minimalistic approach. The Sport model features the Aventurin Red Individual Paint finish to contrast with black high gloss accents and a Titanium Bronze exterior trim, as well as athletic details taken up a notch.


Inside, the interior is reduced and clean, yet warm and welcoming. Re-engineered luxurious seats, including new lounge seats in the rear, feature an asymmetrical diagonal design with contrasting seams. The wooden surface intelligent centre console adorned with a glass optic rotary dial promotes a high sense of luxury. Inspired by the world of racing, BMW’s first hexagonal steering wheel features new multifunction buttons for a more comfortable drive.

Performance

The all-electric iX boasts a range of over 370 miles, with its dual motor powertrain amounting to 500hp and powering from 0 – 62mph in less than five seconds. With up to 200kW maximum charging power, the BMW iX can charge from 10% to 80% in less than 40 minutes. Of course, these times will increase if you aren’t using such a powerful charging station. BMW has also installed fifth generation eDrive technology and the latest all-wheel drive system in the iX for increased dynamics.

The adjustable recuperation system helps to maximise the iX’s range and efficiency, while the adaptive two-axle air suspension enables enhanced handling. Efficiency and dynamics are also aided by the car’s lightweight body construct, with a carbon fibre framework around the sides, roof and tail. The one-pedal dynamics mean the iX automatically brakes when taking your foot off the pedal, making for an effortless electric driving experience.

Safety

The rear-view camera is integrated into the BMW logo at the rear of the vehicle and the intelligent kidney grille houses similar functions to aid the inbuilt driver assistant systems. BMW has not yet detailed what these systems will be, or whether they will be standard or optional.

Technology

The iX’s technology roster is formidable, combining innovative systems with human nature for an intuitive and effortless experience. For example, the dashboard-mounted Curved Display sees the 12.3” Information Display merge with a massive 14.9” Control Display to create a single immersive unit.

As well as this, Shy Tech (BMW’s phrase for hidden switches and controls) is adopted to make the experience even more seamless. This can be seen in the centre console, which uses touch-sensitive sensors and a transparent crystal rotary controller to navigate the iDrive. The speaker surround system is almost completely hidden, embedded beneath upholstered surfaces and directly in the headrests. The frameless BMW head-up display projector has also been designed to provide minimal effort and fuss. For a more comfortable experience, the end-to-end panoramic sunroof can also be shaded to protect against direct sunlight.


The BMW iX is also the first luxury car to feature built-in 5G technology, which helps it to communicate with other cars and share information quickly, as well as warn the driver about upcoming traffic, road signs and how many parking spaces are free nearby.

Verdict

The iX is BMW’s flagship electric car and it’s easy to see why. Intuitive technology, impressive all-electric power, generous range and modern design all combine to make this SUV a ‘car of the future’. Despite this, though, the brand’s design team have still managed to create a car that’s relaxing, comfortable and warm; one that you’ll enjoy spending time in, and that’s what it all boils down to, right?

BMW iX 360° View