BMW iX3 Concept is powered by electric motors producing 270 hp of power and the 70 kWh battery pack is capable of giving 400 km of range
BMW officially revealed iX3 concept at the 2018 Beijing International Auto Show. The iX3 concept is different from other EV concepts as this one is based on the existing X3 model but the German manufacturer has made some changes to the design. The front get new kidney grille with closed vents so that the drag is considerably less.
The front bumper is also redesigned to make it more efficient to cut through air and the engineers have placed air-curtains on the bumper to channel air to the wheels. The alloy wheels are also specially designed for iX3 as they want to cut down the drag in wheels also. The design of rear is similar to the current model except for the new bumper.
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BMW iX3 is powered by electric motors producing 270 hp of power and the 70 kWh battery pack is capable of giving 400 km of range under Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test (WLTP). The 150 kW fast charger of iX3 will help the batteries to be fully charged in 30 minutes which is incredibly fast.
The iX3 is the first model from BMW to come with modular EV architecture in which electric motors, transmission and power electrics are combined into a single component. This modular design will help the company to integrate them into different vehicles and adapt to the performance levels required. Most of the current models have to be redesigned in ordered to make them fully EV but future vehicles will be developed with EV powertrain also.
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BMW iX3 concept production model is going to be a direct rival for Mercedes EQ C, Audi e-tron quattro and Jaguar i-Pace. Among these models, i-Pace is the only model which has reached the market and one of the USP of i-Pace is its 480 km range but the British manufacturer has priced the EV on premium end. BMW is expected to launch production version of iX3 later this year or early next year.