2021 BMW iX electric SUV prices and specs revealed
Prices for the new BMW iX have been announced, with the brand promising this electric SUV will be the most advanced car it has ever produced...
On sale Late 2021 | Price from £69,905
Cars that can drive themselves have long been a staple of science fiction writers, but they'll take a step closer to reality with the launch of the BMW iX – a new electric SUV that's intended to serve as the firm's technology flagship, and that will cost from £69,905.
About the same size as today's BMW X5, the iX will offer Level 3 autonomy, which means it will be able to steer, accelerate and brake for itself in certain situations (including at speeds of up to 80mph). However, while the driver isn't required to have their hands on the wheel at all times, they must be ready to retake control when necessary (so no napping in the back).
BMW is also promising that the iX will offer a new level of connectivity, thanks to the presence of 5G and cloud technology, with functions that require a lot of computing power moved from the car to the cloud, where they can be processed faster. Data that can improve comfort, safety, efficiency and convenience is then sent back to the car in milliseconds courtesy of the 5G, while the iX also learns your habits to further speed things up.
As with the Audi E-tron and Jaguar I-Pace, all versions of the five-seat iX have an electric motor on each axle for four-wheel drive. In the entry-level xDrive 40 these produce a combined output of 296bhp, plus this variant is able to get from 0-62mph in 6.1sec, travel more than 249 miles between charges and be recharged at speeds of up to 150kW.
In addition, there's a 516bhp xDrive 50 model, which costs from £91,905, hits 62mph in 4.6sec, has a range of 373 miles and allows 200kW charging.
The design of the iX isn't as radical as that of the 2018 Vision iNext concept that previewed it; the window line is more conventional and the nose less pointy, while the rear-hinged doors of the concept have been swapped for conventional items. However, the huge, blanked-off front grille and slim, high-set LED headlights have been retained.
It's the interior that represents the biggest departure for BMW, though, with it following the current trend for decluttering by removing switches, although worryingly, this usually makes cars less user-friendly.
Many functions have apparently been moved to the touchscreen infotainment screen, which is bigger than ever and angled towards the driver. And while you do still get a rotary controller between the front seats, the shortcuts are now touch-sensitive areas of the centre console rather than proper switches.
The iX is just one of four new electric cars that BMW is planning to introduce in the next two years.
Beautifully built and impressively refined, but range is a little disappointing - read our full Audi E-tron review >>
Great to drive and has a big real-world range, so the car to beat - read our full Jaguar I-Pace review >>
Even quieter than the E-tron, but not as comfortable at lower speeds - read our full Mercedes EQC review >>
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