BMW iX3 shown in Beijing

BMW iX3 shown in Beijing

BMW iX3 shown in Beijing

Nevertheless, the production version of the iX3 might still receive the current hardware.

BMW says that the Concept iX3 has a 270hp electric motor and a WLTP range of over 249 miles. BMW says this modular approach will "meet the ever-increasing need for electrified vehicles with a wealth of different variants tailored to meet specific demand".

BMW plans to begin producing the iX3 in 2020 at its joint-venture plant in Shenyang, according to joint-venture partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd.

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The iX3 is expected to arrive in 2020 and is a direct rival for the Jaguar I-Pace and upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQC and Audi e-tron. Like other electric BMW products, there are blue highlights throughout the vehicle. This means that any newly launched model could be offered in conventionally fuelled, hybrid and electric form. As there's no conventional petrol or diesel engine to keep cool, much of the area within the grille's outline is closed to outside air, improving aerodynamics. The concept study is also fitted with light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimised design. The design of the iX3 is such that it is very compact. The trademark blue accents of BMW's "i" range are prominently featured.

The unparalleled technological expertise of BMW i has also played a prominent role in the development of the fifth-generation electric drive system, providing further evidence of BMW i as a nerve centre for sustainable mobility.

BMW has a hub of electronics in its vehicles which serve to make them super-sophisticated. The motor itself is claimed not to use rare-earth materials in its construction, which is good news for the environment. The high-voltage battery in the EV has a new capacity of over 70 kWh. A new charging control unit allows the battery to be recharged in 30 minutes when hooked up to a station with 150 kW output.

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