BMW gives more details about new iX flagship
On the same day as their annual conference, BMW has given more details and the prices for their new flagship, the all-electric SUV iX. At the market introduction end of this year, clients will be able to choose between an iX xDrive40 and an iX xDrive50.
They don’t like to call their products at BMW competing in the SUV segment with this far too common name. From the beginning (with the introduction of the first X5), they talk about an SAV for Sports Activity Vehicle. That hasn’t changed for the new iX.
BMW is trying to use the highest percentage of renewable or recyclable materials possible for its new cars, and they try to produce it as green as possible.
“Rather than simply passing responsibility on to the supplier network, we take responsibility together with our direct suppliers, says Andreas Wendt, board member responsible for Purchasing and Suppliers network.
“In so doing, we tap into our many years of experience and create processes for attaining greater transparency and traceability.”The electric motors’ specific qualities are the result of a design that marks a fundamental departure from the technology normally found in competitor units.
They work according to the principle of a current-excited synchronous motor. The rotor’s excitation in the BMW iX motors is not induced by fixed permanent magnets but by the feed-in of electric energy. This allows the rare earth materials required for magnetic components to be entirely avoided in the motors’ manufacture.
Two versions of the latest BMW eDrive technology will be available. In the BMW iX xDrive50, the two electric motors – one at the front axle and one at the rear, driving the four wheels – develop a combined maximum output of over 370 kW/500 hp. The range is in excess of 600 kilometers in the WLTP combined test cycle.
The motors in the BMW iX xDrive40 produce around 240 kW (over 300 hp) and a WLTP-calculated range of more than 400 kilometers. To obtain these ranges, the 50-model has a gross battery pack capacity of over 100kWh, the 40-model of over 70 kWh.
The electric motors developed in-house by the BMW Group have an efficiency factor of 93% in their latest version, mostly outperforming rival electric drive units. The more powerful iX accelerates in less than 5 seconds to 100 kph, despite the bulk of the car; the less powerful one still does it in a time just over 6 seconds. Fast charging can go up to 200 kW for the first and 150 kW for the second.
Efficiency plays a key role in enabling the BMW iX xDrive50 to post combined electric power consumption under 21 kWh/100 km in the WLTP test cycle. The BMW iX xDrive40 does even better with 20 kWh/100 km in similar WLTP conditions.
The iX has a new technology toolkit that can support autonomous driving and digital services. “We are setting new industry standards with the technology in the BMW iX,” says Frank Weber, board member responsible for R&D.
“The iX has more computing power for data processing and more powerful sensor technology than the newest vehicles in our current line-up. He is 5G- capable, will be given new and improved automated driving and parking functions, and uses the high-performing fifth generation of our electric drive system.”
“The new car leads the way in automated driving functions, being the BMW Group’s first vehicle to offer automated driving and parking functions from a new technology toolkit,” Weber continues. “This toolkit has huge potential with its computing power and standout sensor systems and will allow us to expand the functionality of the car steadily.”
“The BMW iX is the first model from the BMW Group to feature the impressive high-resolution Curved Display, which is far larger and sharper than the displays in our current models,” remarks Weber. “As a result, the BMW iX interior points the way ahead for cockpit design in future models.”
The curving, one-piece display that serves as the central control element reinterprets the traditional driver-centric design of BMW cockpits in visionary form.
This has involved bringing together the 12.3-inch Information Display and the Control Display with its screen diagonal of 14.9inches to form a single unit angled towards the driver. Simultaneously, the Control Display section can still be clearly seen and easily operated by the front passenger.
The curved display teams up with the next-generation BMW Operating System to deliver a totally new graphics experience. The instrument cluster offers new, completely customizable display options that provide the driver with precise information tailored to the situation at hand.
As the iX is the new electric flagship of BMW and considering its size and performance, one can not expect it to be inexpensive. But BMW insists that the new arrival will certainly give value for money.
“We have already set out the pricing for Germany, Pieter Nota explains. For example, the BMW iX xDrive40 will start at € 77 300 in Germany, which puts it at the level of a comparable BMW X5 with a conventional combustion engine.”
“Plus, our customers will now benefit from new additions to the range of vehicle functions that can be uploaded to their cars during ownership and enjoy a seamless and extremely customer-oriented configuration process with personalized products and services.”
In Belgium, the xDrive40 model will start at € 81 200, while the xDrive50 top version will at least cost € 97 950.