BMW revealed the iX electric crossover to us late last year, nevertheless it was solely a partial reveal. We acquired to see the EV from each angle, mull over some preliminary specs and have a look at among the tech options. At present, we get to be taught concerning the iX’s remaining manufacturing specs and numerous different particulars.
We’ll begin with the necessary, remaining energy figures. The iX is launching in xDrive50 spec solely within the U.S., giving it commonplace all-wheel drive. Output is 516 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque mixed from its two electrical motors. Its rear motor is stronger than the entrance, maxing out at 335 horses, whereas the entrance motor’s output is 268 horsepower. BMW revealed in the present day that an iX M60 mannequin is on its approach “with over 600 hp” as the primary electrical M crossover. Timing on that mannequin just isn’t but accessible. The usual xDrive50 mannequin will cowl the 0-62 mph dash in simply 4.6 seconds, so anticipate the M60 to be nearer to or underneath 4.0 seconds. BMW is selecting to make use of a single-speed transmission, in contrast to the Porsche Taycan’s two-speed transmission.
BMW went over charging speeds and vary at a floor degree earlier than, however there’s much more to be taught in the present day. There’s just one battery possibility accessible. It’s a 111.5 kWh battery pack, however BMW limits it to 106.3 kWh. This follow of limiting the battery from being charged to most capability is frequent amongst EVs. There’s nonetheless no official EPA-estimated vary accessible, however BMW is continuous to assert a spread of “round 300 miles” on a full cost. Plug the iX right into a DC quick charger, and it’ll take 40 minutes to cost from 10% to 80%. In helpful phrases, feeding an iX at 200 kW cost speeds would improve the vary by 90 miles in 10 minutes, assuming you’re ranging from a ten% cost. BMW is making EVgo its public charging infrastructure accomplice, providing a extra seamless charging expertise for iX homeowners and a free $100 of charging to get you began.
Additionally new in the present day are particulars about its suspension and chassis applied sciences. BMW is utilizing “lift-related shock absorbers” as the usual suspension. There’s further hydraulic damping included into the shocks, which might regulate the firmness in accordance with the altering suspension journey. With nice suspension raise, a second piston drops down into the inside sleeve to generate a further damping impact. BMW says the tech finally leads to much less physique dive over giant bumps and better ranges of consolation over minor highway imperfections.
You may as well neglect concerning the above and possibility BMW’s adaptive air suspension that features electronically managed shocks and adjustable suspension top settings. Damping is constantly adjusted with these shocks as it’s in BMW’s different electronically managed adaptive suspensions. Most floor clearance isn’t acknowledged, nevertheless it’s potential to boost the iX 0.8 inch on command or decrease it by 0.4 inch in Sport mode. The iX routinely drops to its decrease experience top at speeds exceeding 87 mph as much as its high velocity of 124 mph.
BMW says it’s utilizing a brand new steering gear (debuting within the iX) for its commonplace variable ratio steering rack. Nevertheless, the corporate’s elective Integral Energetic Steering system can be accessible and provides rear-wheel steering to the combo. The rear wheels can flip reverse the fronts to extend agility in corners/lower the turning radius when parking, they usually may flip with the fronts to offer better stability at speeds.
A brand new electrical all-wheel-drive system is coming to the iX that’s absolutely variable and may break up torque to be both rear-drive-only for max effectivity or all-wheel drive for max traction. The traction management system designed for brand spanking new BMW EVs additionally options “near-actuator wheel slip limitation” tech. This TCS system is built-in into the motor administration system in an effort to remove any type of sign journey lag to use any corrective inputs faster and extra exactly between the entrance and rear wheels.
The brake-by-wire system permits you to choose your most well-liked brake pedal expertise. BMW says that one-pedal driving will probably be potential, however there’s additionally a coasting possibility and a mixture of the 2 that seems like it is going to be the closest to what a conventional gasoline engine automobile’s brakes really feel like. Hiding the brakes are commonplace 20-inch aero-focused alloy wheels. You’ll be able to step as much as elective 21-inch or 22-inch choices that BMW calls Air Efficiency wheels — BMW claims they’re about 15% lighter than typical light-alloy wheels. These elective wheels are additionally those fitted with particular tires developed particularly for the iX to cut back tire noise on account of it being an EV.
Lastly, BMW revealed a beginning value for the iX xDrive50. It begins at $84,195, together with the $995 vacation spot cost. BMW says that we must always see the primary iXs roll into the U.S. come the primary quarter of 2022.