BMW reveals new iX variants, the iX xDrive40 and iX xDrive50

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Back in January, BMW announced its all-new electric SUV, the BMW iX. Today, it has revealed that two model variants are coming our way: the BMW iX xDrive40 and the BMW iX xDrive50. BMW has published new information about what to expect when the cars are launched at the end of 2021, including more specific numbers surrounding power, performance and price.

Both the iX xDrive40 and iX xDrive50 will have a pair of electric motors, one at each axle. These motors use BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive technology, meaning the motors make 30-percent more power than any previous BMW electric motor, while operating at 93-percent efficiency. As one of the main focuses of this electric SUV is sustainability, using current-excited electric motors eliminates the need for rare earth materials entirely.


“Technology is driving the advances we need to tackle even the greatest challenges. This applies in particular to climate protection,” says Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “We are in no doubt: mobility has to be sustainable if it is to represent a truly outstanding solution. For the BMW Group, premium mobility is not possible without responsibility.”

BMW claims the BMW iX xDrive50 will have a range of around 600km (373 miles) due to its large battery. Meanwhile the battery in the iX xDrive40, more the entry-level model, will have a smaller density, allowing for 400km (249 miles) of range.

According to BMW, the iX xDrive40 will take around six seconds to get from 0-60mph, whilst the iX xDrive50 is said to achieve 0-60mph in under five seconds.

Both BMW iX models will have 200 kW charging speed, meaning the BMW iX can go from 10- to 80-percent battery in just 40 minutes. There’s also a ten-minute fast charge option, which allows for 90 km (56 miles) from the xDrive40 or 120 km (75 miles) of charge from the xDrive50.

In terms of pricing, only the BMW iX xDrive40’s price has been revealed in Germany so far; the iX xDrive40 will retail for 77,300 EUR (£69,000).

Some of the standout interior and exterior features of the BMW iX models are: the panoramic sunroof, the largest sunroof fitted to any BMW model, which also comes with electrostatic shading; a 4D surround sound system, with thirty speakers, eight of which are in the car’s headrests; and due to 4D, magnetically controlled shakers in the front seats.

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