BMW’s next-generation electric SUV iX will be officially launched in November.
On the 2nd (local time), BMW unveiled the main specifications of its next-generation electric SUV, the iX.
The iX is the first model to be produced based on the new electric vehicle platform newly developed by BMW Group, and its body length and width are X5, height X6, and wheel size are similar to X7. The design incorporates elements of the BMW Vision iNEXT, an electric vehicle concept car unveiled in 2018.
A large, vertical kidney grille is applied to the front, and the grille acts as an intelligence panel with built-in sensors, cameras and radar technology.
The headlamp is the slimmest among all BMW models, and LED is applied as standard, and the ‘BMW Laser Light’ with matrix function for high beam can be selected as an option. The LED tail lamps on the back are also designed to be very slim, and the blue accents of the BMW i are emphasized.
For the body, intelligent lightweight design using an aluminum space frame structure and carbon cage and optimized aerodynamic structure increase efficiency and extend the mileage.
The battery consists of a total of two types: an 111.5 kWh battery and a 76.6 kWh battery. This battery is expected to be supplied by Samsung SDI or CATL.
On a single charge, the 111.5 kWh battery can travel up to 630 km (391 miles) based on European WLTP, and the 76.6 kWh battery can travel up to 425 km (264 miles).
The estimated mileage of the Model X Refresh, a partially modified model of the Model X unveiled in January, is 579 km (360 miles) for the long-range version and 547 km (340 miles) for the plaid version.
In addition, the iX is equipped with a complex charging unit (CCU), which provides a very high level of charging flexibility. DC power is charged at a rate of up to 200 kW, which allows an 111.5 kWh battery to be charged to 80% in about 35 minutes and a 76.6 kWh battery in about 31 minutes.
Using the fast charger, the 111.5 kWh battery can travel up to 150 km and the 76.6 kWh battery up to 95 km in just 10 minutes.
The fifth-generation eDrive, BMW’s electrified powertrain, has been applied. The eDrive is implemented around a drive unit that combines an electric motor, power electronics and transmission in a single housing, beneficially impacting both power density and efficiency, while at the same time making economical use of the footprint between the front and rear axles.
Equipped with an electric all-wheel drive system, it transmits the correct amount of drive torque to the front and rear wheels in all driving situations, and through intelligent control, fully variable power transmission is possible, from high-efficiency pure rear-wheel drive to a front-wheel drive setting that maximizes traction. .
As a result, the xDrive40 develops a maximum output of 326 horsepower and a maximum torque of 64.2 kgf.m, and the xDrive50 produces a maximum output of 523 horsepower and a maximum torque of 78.0 kgf.m. With this power, the xDrive40 takes 6.1 seconds to reach 100 km/h from standstill, and the xDrive50 takes 4.6 seconds.
The top model to be introduced in the future, the iX M60, is expected to produce over 600 horsepower.
The 8th-generation BMW iDrive, the next-generation infotainment system unveiled in April, is installed.
The 8th-generation BMW iDrive features a user-centric next-generation display, hyper-personalized software and driving assistance functions and significantly enhanced connectivity. The BMW Operating System 8 is the best in-vehicle information processing system in BMW history. ) combined with
The biggest change is the BMW curved display that replaced the control buttons. The curved screen is a futuristic interpretation of BMW’s driver-centric design. The new display further improves the intuitiveness of touch controls by integrating a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch control display and maximizing ergonomics.
The user interface has been optimized to quickly and simply convey vast amounts of information to the driver. Drivers can set the widget they want with the push of a button, and the layout can be selected from Drive, which provides personalized information, Focus, which is suitable for dynamic driving, and Gallery, which focuses on widget content such as maps and media. Do.
After installing the 8th-generation BMW iDrive in the iX for the first time, BMW is planning to apply it to various car models.
The iX is sold in two models, xDrive40 and xDrive50, and the top model iX M60 will be added in the future. The official release will be in November, and production will take place at the Dingolping plant in Germany.