Serial BMW iX EV Presented

The 500-hp BMW iX accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5 seconds.

The company calls the new model a technological flagship.

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BMW has unveiled the iX e-crossover that belongs to the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment and showcases the group's latest developments in design, electrification and autonomous driving. The model will be produced at the Dingolfing factory starting from the second half of 2021.

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The length and width of the production electric crossover is comparable to those of the BMW X5 and its height is identical to that of the X6. The center-to-center distance is exactly 3,000 mm. The iX has received retractable door handles, frameless side doors and a trunk door that occupies the entire rear of the body. Other design features include the thinnest headlights (LED lights come standard and laser ones are available only for a surcharge) that have ever been installed on BMW cars, as well as a panel instead of a conventional radiator grille, which is integrated with cameras, radars and other sensors.

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BMW claims that due to the polyurethane coating, small scratches on the panel can disappear themselves within 24 hours at room temperature and in 5 minutes when warm air is supplied.

The electric vehicle is driven by a 500-hp (370 kW) twin-engine unit that accelerates the car from 0-100 km/h in less than 5 seconds. According to the automaker, the iX will be able to drive more than 600 km on a single charge (WLTP) thanks to its battery capacity “exceeding 100 kWh”.

The drag coefficient of the BMW iX is 0.25 Cd The drag coefficient of the BMW iX is 0.25 Cd

It will take 11 hours to charge the EV up to 100 percent through a regular outlet. However, fast charging is also provided: you can recharge the battery to 80 percent in 40 minutes using a 200kW fast-charger. Besides, you can increase the drive range by extra 120 km in just 10 minutes.

The frame is made of aluminum. The sidewalls, roof, front windshield panel and rear window frame are made of carbon fiber components The frame is made of aluminum. The sidewalls, roof, front windshield panel and rear window frame are made of carbon fiber components

The iX is the first BWM model to receive new autonomous driving and parking features. What is more, the car supports 5G, and the level of computing power allows it to process twice as much data as other BMWs.

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The iX has other features, such as a windshield washer filler neck hidden under the logo on the hood and a rear-view camera integrated with the logo on the tailgate.

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Almost the entire fascia is occupied by a curved screen that combines a 12.3-inch digital dashboard and a 14.9-inch infotainment system. The center console is divided into two levels: a new toggle switch for selecting gears is located on top and the space below is reserved for cup holders, wireless smartphone charging, a 12V socket and two USB-C ports.

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The list of basic equipment will include 12 speakers and a 205-watt amplifier. A Harman/Kardon system with 18 speakers is offered optionally. A 1615-watt Bowers & Wilkins Surround Sound with 30 speakers is also available. What is more, the standard version will have 20-inch wheels. 21-inch and 22-inch Air Performance Wheels, which are 15 percent lighter than the usual ones, will be sold separately.

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Earlier, it was announced that the BMW iX will be more expensive than the X5: the top-end EV will cost more than $100,000 in the United States. The cost of the most expensive BMW X5, namely the M50i, is $82,000 in the North America.

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