BMW was the first carmaker among the German trio to invest in Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). While the i3 didn’t pick up well, the i8 sportscar picked up well thanks to its unique styling. After taking a rather long pause, BMW India is all set to launch the iX electric SUV in the Indian market. BMW iX India launch is slated for December 11th while bookings will be open soon.
BMW iX India Launch
BMW iX is one of the few BMW cars that has been widely talked about for its controversial design. BMW has taken a radical approach while designing the iX SUV and it may take some time to grow upon us. For instance, the kidney grille is bigger than conventional BMW cars, despite it not even needing a grille in the first place. In addition to that, the sleek LED headlights look great but don’t gel with the overall proportions.
The side profile of the iX sports a flowing design whereas the sloping roofline and blacked-out elements give it a coupe stance. On the back, the iX gets flat LED taillights with the BMW logo in the middle. Interestingly, the BMW logo is finished with blue surrounds to put emphasis on this being an electric SUV.
Coming to the inside, the radical approach continues. The iX boasts BMW’s latest and greatest iDrive system that is now finished with a curved panel. The large infotainment now supports both Android Auto and Apple Car Play along with a personal assistant and OTA updates. The whole screen panel sits oddly on the dashboard but gives it a premium look. The squarish twin-spoke steering wheel also pulls up polarised opinions but looks striking for sure.
Coming to the heart of the matter, the BMW iX is offered with three options – xDrive40, xDrive50 and M60. While the M60 will take some time to hit the roads, the xDrive50 is the one we expect BMW to launch in the Indian market. The xDrive50 comes with a 105kWh battery pack along with a power and torque output of 523Hp and 765 Nm of torque. Thanks to the colossal battery pack, the iX SUV comes with a claimed range of up to 630 kilometres on a single charge. Plug it into a 200kW fast charger and it will take just 35 minutes to charge from zero to 80 per cent. BMW iX will take on the likes of the Audi e-tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Mercedes EQC.
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