BMW iX3 Electric Crossover Concept Debuts in Beijing, Production Set for 2020

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This design is likely to be the base of BMW i's first all-electric SUV, which will be part of BMW's overall aim to release 25 electrified models by 2025, 12 of which will be all-electric.

Stylistically, it's much quieter looking than i-branded models, and is basically an X3 with a slightly tweaked bodykit and a blanked-off "kidney" grille at the front.

BMW says that the new generation EV tech also has new and more powerful batteries. Essentially, the iX3 concept is an electric-powered version of the BMW X3. That means better performance, operating range, weight, packaging space, and flexibility in the auto. The company says: "This study of a first all-electric model from BMW is clearly defined by the robust and sophisticated all-round character of an SAV, which remains unaffected by the presence of a locally emission-free drive system". Hang on, you might say, isn't there are little thing called the i3 electric vehicle running around?

With the world premiere of the BMW Concept iX3, the BMW Group is opening a new chapter in its electrification strategy.

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There has been no push to create a radical design, though - a decision which distances the iX3 and its future stablemates from BMW's less traditional i3 and i8 models.

As another step forward for BMW, the iX3 uses a structure that can employ all types of drive setup - front, rear and all-wheel - as well as capable of having internal combustion, plug-in hybrid and all-electric powertrains mounted onto it - making the brand more flexible than ever. For now, BMW has yet to show its interior.

Its batteries can also be charged at 150 kW fast-charging stations, and is expected to take just 30 minutes to charge at one of these stations - although there are a still limited number of them, as just 200 of these stations are expected to be implemented across Europe by the end of 2018. The closed double kidney with the blue accentuation continues the BMW i Vision Dynamics brand already featured in the BMW i Vision Dynamics.

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