iX3 Concept Previews BMW’s Entry In The Premium Electric SUV Niche

The new Mercedes-Benz EQC and Audi E-Tron, which were unveiled recently, will soon have a worthy opponent from BMW: the battery-electric iX3.

The upcoming EV was previewed by the iX3 Concept earlier this year in Beijing, China, and now the study is present at the 2018 Paris Auto Show alongside a host of premieres from the German brand, including the all-new 3-Series.

On the outside, it is immediately obvious that the EV is based on the latest X3. Closed off air intakes at the front, a new grille and several other cues are an attempt at giving it a futuristic look in order to differentiate it from the rest of the X3 range.

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The electric powertrain packs 270 PS (266 hp / 199 kW) and is backed up by a 70 kWh battery. The latter can be charged in just 30 minutes via a 150 kW quick charger, and a maximum range of 400 km (249 mi), as per WLTP standards.

These specs are thought to be maintained in the production model, which is already being tested on public roads. BMW hasn’t announced when it plans to launch the finished item, but it could arrive as early as next year.

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  • DM

    I don’t know why this looks 10 years old to me. Maybe it’s the paint, or those horrible wheels, but something is giving me a 00’s concept car vibe.

    • Mike anonymous

      I’d have to say that’s offensive to 00’s concept cars. The 00’s in my opinion had far better concept vehicles (that still hold up today, better than most concepts from this decade), i.e. the BMW Efficient Dynamics Concept 2008, The Jaguar CX-75, Chrysler Firepower, Chevrolet Stingray Concept, the list goes on.

      Although I will 1000% agree with you in the fact that this car just simply looks dated. It’s likely because it’s just a slightly changed version of an existing model, and existing model that looks similar to what BMW was making 10+ years ago.

      I’m going to be honest,.. ever since BMW’s head of “I” design left sometime between 2014 & 2015, the design for BMW has just been on an ever constant decline (minus a few good designs sprinkled here,.. and some way over there.

      But yes, (again) your 100% RIGHT.

    • Johan Mo

      The concept wheels has to go. I’ve reserved an iX3 and knowing BMW, there will be at least 10 different rims to choose from, so no worries there.

  • CARICATURE OF A KIA GRILLE.

  • Save for the Kia-esque grille, this looks better than the ICE version.

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