BMW’s fully electric iX has been revealed. The automaker recently released information and images about the production model, which will appear in dealerships for the 2022 model year. BMW calls it an SAV, for Sport Activity Vehicle, as distinguished from an SUV and a crossover. Further, it is billed as BMW’s ‘new technology flagship’, highlighting the mission-critical importance of the release.
The model has come a long way in two years. Back in 2018, we had a look at the Vision iNext, the concept version of the vehicle, a metallic, glass-heavy design with LED accents and a molded, workspace-oriented interior which was drawn up to raise eyebrows and give BMW’s 2020s evolution toward electrics exposure.
The production prototype is the real-world working draft. The new grille—previewed on the iNext, in a more dramatic version—is of course present and accounted for, as is the beefy nose we’ve seen on other newer BMWs, and the CLAR platform. According to BMW, its exterior borrows from the X5, X6 and X7 models by turn.
The iX’s range is expected to be 300 miles, per EPA’s testing criteria. As of now, the battery complement is expected to produce 100 kWh, and the drivetrain is powered by two motors. The SAV can be quick-charged to 80% in about 35 minutes.
In the cabin, the spirit of the iNext is visible in its logical layout and uncluttered design, something nearer to a common area than a traditional cabin. The head-up projector and speakers are hidden away from plain sight, in keeping with a new paradigm of visible-only-when-necessary that BMW’s designers had in mind for next-gen models.
Exciting stuff. Production is slated to begin toward the end of the upcoming year, with deliveries beginning in the first half of 2022.