BMW iX3 Prototype Scooped With An Electric Powertrain

BMW is working on plug-in hybrid and electric versions of the X3 crossover and the latter variant has just been spied by photographers.

Looking instantly recognizable, the iX3 is virtually identical to the standard model but a few subtle tweaks indicate it’s fully electric. First and foremost, there’s an electric charging port which is located on the driver’s side front fender. The crossover also eschews an exhaust system and instead has a full-width rear bumper without any cut outs.

The final change isn’t very noticeable by our spy shooters say the model has a reduced ride height. This was likely changed as part of an effort to improve the X3’s aerodynamics and eke out some additional range.

BMW hasn’t said much about the iX3 but the company’s e-mobility roadmap revealed the model will be introduced in 2020. It will be a fourth-generation electric vehicle like the 2019 MINI EV.

Performance specifications remain unconfirmed but the model will compete with the Audi E-tron, Mercedes EQ C and Jaguar I-Pace. The latter two models will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month and have a significant head start on the iX3.

While the model will be arrive after its key competitors, BMW has already announced plans to offer 25 electrified models by 2025. This figure includes 12 battery-electric models such as the iX3.

Photo credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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