BMW iNext, as it was known for a long time has finally been revealed in its production form and that includes its new name. Let us introduce you to another exciting brand new electric vehicle to the market. That’s right. The BMW iX is here. It’s a 500 horsepower electric SUV, to put a smile on your face.
BMW was a trailblazer with electrification. They took EV’s very seriously in the early days. In 2013, the BMW three rewrote the rulebook of how a car could be designed and builds 170,000 of them later it’s an incredible success. A year later, the BMW, I ate wowed customers with its style and performance. But that was six years ago. And from then to now. BMW didn’t exactly keep the ball rolling. So, are they back in the electric vehicle space setting new standards, and leading the way.
BMW just unveiled the all-electric iX in production form, and it will be on the market. In late, 2021, according to BMW’s presentation, a car that they call a technology signature car.
But before we get to the technology. Let’s talk about the engineering Joule motor and 500 horsepower will move the SUV from naught to 62, miles per hour in less than five seconds range will be very respectable. Just under 400 miles on the European WLTP test cycle, and the battery will charge very quickly. 200 kilowatts charge speeds will be available on the latest high powered charges. So why is BMW so proud of the technology in this, in fact I’ve even given it a name, they call it, shy, technology, switches and controls are hidden when not in use, and when the car senses that the user might need them. It then presents those buttons and switches mother not being used, they will fade back into the background.
Where are the speakers. Well, it definitely has plenty of them, but they’re pretty much hidden. It does have a very obvious interface and that is the main center, touch screen. But even that is very high tech and frameless like the latest high tech televisions that you would find in your lounge. Talking about hiding stuff away.
Let’s move to the front of the car the signature BMW grille is still there. Now for their combustion cars that’s because they need to suck in as much air as possible but even these don’t need that much cooling so why is it that well partly BMW styling reasons no doubt but also it hides a raft of driver assistance sensors, all within that grille. They’ve hidden the door handles that completely flush and disappear into the door, and only present themselves when you need to get into the vehicle.
BMW rightly have a reputation for their high tech production methods, which include the BMW i three, and more of that technology is being used in the iX, a carbon cage of carbon fiber framework and aluminum construction makes the whole body shell incredibly strong, but also very lightweight.
The battery inside it is 100-kilowatt hours, matching the top of the range cars available from BMW us competitors.
The car has cutting edge 5G technology, and that’s not simply to make the car talk to the internet as quickly as possible but also to future proof the car to be able to talk to. Smart Cities. And indeed, other vehicles. Wouldn’t it be nice if on a quiet street, the traffic lights ahead of you could talk to your car and turn green, meaning that you haven’t got to slow down and speed up as you know with an electric vehicle, anytime you slow down and then apply the power. You are wasting energy. Well, that’s the theory behind cars talking to smart cities and enabling more efficient use of energy to travel around.
And even with two cars, talking to one another. There is the potential to avoid accidents. What is this vehicle equivalent to, well in length and width, a BMW X five buts? In order to make this car more efficient and aerodynamic, they lowered it so it’s about the same height as a BMW X six. Reducing drag and extending range. Were the objectives of the BMW design team back inside the vehicle. This is a custom-designed Evie, unlike many other BMW electrics, so no central tunnel running through the cabin eating up room inside. Instead, more legroom in the front, more leg room and storage in the rear.
BMW like to call this a mobile living space. And one really nice touch is how to refill the windscreen washer bottle. No going inside the vehicle, pulling a lever and lifting up the bonnet searching for the right candidate receptacle to pour your fluid into simply push down on the BMW badge on the front of the car, a container for the washer fluid will magically rise up through the hole left by that famous emblem. This car is really about making your life as simple as possible.
This is not the fastest SUV on the market. It’s not the most long-range SUV on the market, but that wasn’t the objective for BMWs engineers. Putting this car against the Audi e Tron Mercedes Benz EQ see Tesla Model X, they feel they have raised the bar of driver experience of passenger experience.
This is a car, which BMW hopes Range Rover buyers will be turning their heads to look at.
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