BMW Car IX 2020:

The first electric car on the new 'future construction kit' will be available at the end of 2021. Two years ago, BMW presented plans for a new technology carrier with the Vision iNEXT.

There is now an up-to-date outlook on the final version, the BMW iX, which is currently still in series development. The Bavarians plan to launch the product at the end of next year.

With the car, which was designed for pure e-mobility from the start, BMW wants to redefine the vehicle concept of the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV).

To focus on people, the design was developed from the inside out. “The BMW Group constantly strives to reinvent itself. That is a central part of our corporate strategy, ”says BMW CEO Oliver Zipse.

The iX will be produced as the car company's new technology flagship at the Dingolfing plant from the second half of 2021.

According to BMW, the company's latest developments focus on the innovation fields of design, automated driving, connectivity, electrification and services. Besides, sustainability is the focus of the vehicle concept and design.

This is reflected, among other things, in optimized aerodynamic properties, intelligent lightweight construction and the use of natural materials as well as recycled materials.

The iX is powered by the fifth generation of BMW “eDrive” technology, which includes the two electric motors, the power electronics, the charging technology and the high-voltage battery.

For the drive, over 370 kW (500 PS) of power is promised, so it should go from zero to 100 km / h in under five seconds.

"The clear goal here is an outstandingly low combined power consumption of less than 21 kWh per 100 kilometres in the WLTP test cycle in the competitive environment," emphasizes BMW.

New charging technology allows direct current fast charging with an output of up to 200 kW. The battery pack should be able to be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in less than 40 minutes.

Sufficient energy can be drawn within ten minutes to increase the range by more than 120 kilometres. Charging the battery from zero to 100 per cent on a wall box with an output of 11 kW takes less than eleven hours.

The iX battery is designed as part of a long-term resource cycle and enables a particularly high recycling rate, says BMW.

Only electricity from renewable sources is used for the production of the battery cells and the entire high-voltage storage system.

The modular technology used in the iX forms the basis for, according to BMW, "significant progress" in the areas of automated driving and digital services.

This means that around twice as much data from the vehicle sensors could be processed as before. In the centre of the front of the iX is the distinctive, vertically aligned BMW kidney.

Since the electric drive only requires a small supply of cooling air, the kidney is completely closed.

Instead, it takes on the digital function of an "intelligence surface": camera technology, radar functions and other sensors are seamlessly integrated and lie behind a transparent surface.

BMW describes the kidney as an innovative and multifunctional high-tech construction for advanced driver assistance systems with which the iX paves the way to automated driving. There are also other inconspicuously positioned cameras and sensors on the vehicle.

In the interior of the iX, BMW emphasizes the generous amount of space, a high-quality mix of materials, newly developed seats with integrated headrests and a large panoramic glass roof.

This creates a luxurious lounge atmosphere on all five seats. BMW has reduced the displays and controls in the iX to the essentials. The technology is used intelligently and only appears when it is needed.


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