Pictures of the upcoming BMW iX3 have surfaced online. The fully electric SUV is set to go head to head with the established Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes-Benz EQC when it gets revealed. That official reveal is likely postponed due to the pandemic, however, we hope to see it later this year.
Details are not yet known about the drivetrain, however, rumours have suggested a battery capacity of over 70 kWh and a range of approximately 400 km. By comparison, an I-Pace covers 470 km, an EQC covers 445 km, although differing ways of measuring range might account for the competition's advantage.
The photos show an X3 with a number of key changes. BMW's kidney grille has been covered with smaller air intakes made possible through the reduced cooling requirements of the electric drivetrain. The front bumper gets verticle air intakes and brake cooling ducts.
The wheel design looks bespoke to the BMW iX3. It likely carries an aerodynamic advantage over a more conventional version. Blue accents feature lower down the iX3 with blue trim elements placed where the exhaust might normally be found.
We have already seen a concept version of the BMW iX3 at the Beijing Motor Show 2018. That car looked broadly similar to the car we see in the photos, save that the wheels were less conventional.
Following the unveiling of the Beijing concept car, BMW moved to trademark iX1 through to iX9 , indicating that it was considering an entire range of electric models.
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