Other tech upgrades in the iX include an augmented-reality navigation system, a digital key that allows the use of a smartphone to open the car, and a seamless so-called “curved display” created by linking a 12.3-inch and a 14.9-inch screen.
The iX also rivals two of its siblings on space because of changes BMW made to the CLAR platform, specifically tweaking the underpinnings to accommodate the battery pack in the floor, resulting in more interior space for occupants.
While the iX is nearly 150 mm (about 6 inches) shorter than the BMW’s largest CLAR-based SUV, the X7 (5151 mm long) its 3100 mm wheelbase is nearly the same as its big brother. The iX and the X5 midsize SUV are about the same in length.
“The BMW iX offers a mobile living space in which people will feel at ease, where the car’s intelligence is only there when you need it,” BMW Group design chief Adrian van Hooydonk said during the presentation.
The BMW iX is available in two power levels, both with all-wheel drive and electric motors on the front and rear axles. The xDrive40 has a 71-kilowatt-hour battery pack that delivers a range up to 425 km (264 miles) on the WLTP cycle. Total output is 240 kW (321 hp), resulting in a 0 to 100 kph in 6 seconds.
The more powerful and more expensive xDrive50, which starts at 100,000 euros, offers 385 kW (516 hp) from its 105.2-kWh battery pack and two electric motors, enabling acceleration from 0 to 100 kph in less than 5 seconds. The range is up to 630 km (391 miles) on the WLTP cycle.
Starting next month, the iX family will add the M60 variant with output of 455 kW (611 hp) and a 0 to 100 km time of 3.9 seconds, with a range up to 575 km.