BMW iX3 Concept Teased, Previews 2020 Production Crossover

The M2 Competition won’t be BMW’s only star attraction at Auto China as the company has released the first teaser video of the iX3 concept.

Designed to preview a production model that will arrive in 2020, the iX3 concept will have a new and likely controversial interruption of the company’s twin kidney grille. As you can see, the grille is a single piece unit with nothing in the middle to separate its two sides.

Besides looking like a combination of a BMW and Kia grille, the component has two different interior designs and serves no functional purpose as the model is an electric vehicle.

BMW iX3 test mule based on the new X3’s body

BMW is staying tight-lipped about the concept but spy photographers have caught prototypes of the production model on several different occasions. The crossover is largely identical to the standard X3 but it has been equipped with a charging port on the front fender. The model also has a new rear bumper as the iX3 doesn’t need an exhaust system. Engineers also appeared to have reduced the ride height in an effort to minimize drag and eke out a little more range.

Additional modifications are expected and the grille on the iX3 concept could be preview one of the possible changes. Of course, we’ll get a better look at the model when it is officially unveiled later this month.

There’s no word on powertrain details but BMW Chairman Harald Krüger has previously suggested the company will have plenty to say about the model at Auto China. However, BMW has already confirmed the production crossover will be a “Gen 4” battery electric vehicle like the upcoming MINI EV. This suggests the crossover will miss out on the Gen 5 technology that will debut on the 2021 iNext.

  • Mr. Crankypants


    SUNGLASSES instead of the twin kidney?!

    Who did you hire in design, Bruno Mars?

    • Jay

      So you don’t think it’s cool 😎?,
      Me neither.

    • Bo Hanan

      That’s the “tiger snout” from Kia.

    • Bash

      Exactly my point.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Is BMW now stealing KIA’s grille design?

    • Matt

      Yeah that’s kinda messed up.

    • bd0007

      Audi started using a hexagonal-shaped grille after Hyundai started doing so.

  • WG

    2-in-1 kidney… welp that’s something new from BMW, but then now it’s look like a Kia.

  • MIL1234


  • Fabián Montiel

    WTF BMW, why did you stole Kia’s grille?

    • wich is really inspired in the first place by BMW.

      • bd0007

        Not really.

      • Fabián Montiel

        Still, why copy the copy? Plus, the twin kidneys are BMW’s signature feature, it should be separated.

        • bd0007

          Right – and copying would be Pontiac which went with the split, kidney grille during the latter stages of its existence as a brand.

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  • Nordschleife

    Now you all tell Kia sorry since you all swear that they only steal from others. Clearly you can see that others take from them.

  • Six_Tymes

    bmw meets kia grill?

    • Six Thousand Times

      Even you missed grille?

  • Ruel Lewis

    The grills just keep getting closer and closer and soon BMW’s will have a single grill. Why cant they just leave the grill alone??

    • Six Thousand Times

      Well, summer is getting closer and it’s time for grilling season. Bring the beer!

  • GoofyGotKilos

    Someones gonna make some duckets selling aftermarket grill connectors

  • I hope they don’t plan on making ix35. Get it?

  • PK

    what is that a dog bone grill now? wtf are you doing bmw!!!!

  • Bob

    It doesn’t even really hark back to one of their older grille designs.

  • Johan Mo

    Love it. Reminds me of the similar M2 Competition grille which is supercool. Can’t wait to see the whole car!

    • Bo Hanan

      Why are you here?… (stares intently waiting for a response)

  • haudit

    I don’t think environmentally conscious buyers are necessarily going to want a car that comes with a grille resembling the nose of a long-term cocaine user.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Too many guys here not knowing the difference between grill and grille. Two different words.

    • Six_Tymes

      lazy typing mostly, get over it. But, since you are so sensitive and require extra attention than most, i added a letter e for you.

      • Six Thousand Times

        ‘preciate ya!

  • Oh a new KIA?

  • Ermal Morina

    Nice sunglasses you got there BMW

  • Hahaha.. That’s called evolution, even if some of us doesn’t like it.
    The so-called BMW’s kidneys, not always were “kidneys;” initially they were more like standing German sausages – imagine the scandal back then when BMW abandoned those beloved, tasty “Bratwurst” for some common “Bohnen” (beans).
    The danger is that it gets too generic or, as many commented here, too close to Kia’s tiger-nose territory.

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