BMW continues to be immersed in the tuning tests of the new iX, the new SUV-type vehicle that becomes the brand’s flagship.
A few days ago, BMW announced the main features of the new iX SUV, one of its most advanced vehicles in recent times. Now, the German firm has confirmed that it continues with the technical and mechanical tuning of this electric SUV in various and demanding tests.
The latest tests of the BMW iX have passed through the roads and paths located in northern Scandinavia, where it has been possible to test and squeeze the new SUV in extreme cold, ice, and snow conditions
Specifically, BMW has carried out extensive overhauling of the drive and suspension systems, as well as the electric motors, the four-wheel-drive system, the charging technology, the high-voltage batteries, and the management. from the heat in freezing conditions
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The end of 2021 is initially the planned commercial launch date of the new iX. When the sale begins, BMW will offer the market one of its most advanced cars in recent times.
The new BMW iX 2021 is one of the brand’s first cars to be developed under the new 100 percent electric and scalable platform. Its exterior length is 5 meters, 2 meters wide, and 1.70 m high. The architecture of the iX will lead to other models of shorter length and battle.
With the new iX, BMW presents the fifth generation of eDrive propulsion systems, which in the case of this new model include two electric motors – one per axle – that jointly develop up to 370 kW (about 500 hp) of power. According to the preliminary tests of the German firm, the capacity of its battery is 100 kWh, which should give the vehicle a range of about 600 km. Regarding the estimated average consumption of electrical energy, in the WLTP homologation cycle, an expenditure of 21 kWh / 100 km is announced.
The aerodynamics is one of the technical sections in which BMW has worked more on his new “offspring”. Highlights the active control system of the front air blades, the design of the vertical air blades on both sides of the rear windows, the roof, the spoiler, and other optimized areas at the rear and the new generation of Air Performance wheels optional in 21 “or 22” sizes – 20 “are standard.
In terms of times and charging options, this new SUV (or SAV as BMW calls it specific) is compatible with loads of up to 200 kW in direct current sockets, taking about 40 minutes to go from 10 to 80 percent of capacity. of the battery (in about ten minutes connected to this type of ultra-fast charge, it could reach a level that would provide it with about 120 km of autonomy). On the other hand, the standard charger cable is 11 kW (with it, the full charge would be completed in just under 11 hours).
Onboard, the new iX includes 5G connectivity technology and new software that will also be inherited by other vehicles that are developed under the same platform. Within its multimedia system for information, entertainment, navigation, and connectivity, it stands out with its large curved-format panoramic screen, which includes the 12.3-inch digital clock box and the 14.9-inch multimedia system with touch control and with voice control via the usual iDrive control knob.
The cabin configuration is designed to accommodate five passengers. In the case of the rear seats, these have integrated head restraints, while the loading surface in the trunk can be completely flat when the rear seatbacks can be folded down in 40:20:40 configuration mode.
The German factory in Dingolfing will be commissioned to produce this new model from the second half of 2021, while its commercialization would not begin until the end of the year.