At its (digital) NextGen 2020 occasion, BMW right now introduced that the BMW iX, its new all-electric flagship beforehand referred to as the iNext, will launch on the finish of 2021. Primarily based on BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive expertise, the iX will get a brand new look — and new kidney grille design — however its dimensions can be just like the prevailing X5 or X6 SUVs. The corporate guarantees about 300 miles of vary and 0-60 mph occasions of just below 5 seconds.
BMW has not launched any pricing for the iX but. Rumors earlier this year pegged it at near $100,000.
The corporate says it can have greater than one million electrified vehicles on roads by the top of 2021. Proper now, about 13% of all BMW and MINI fashions registered in Europe are both all-electric or plug-in hybrids, and the expectation is that by 2030, that quantity will enhance to 50%.
Coming subsequent yr, that lineup will embrace numerous new additions to the corporate’s electrified fleet, however the iX is clearly the main focus right here, although the next-generation eDrive system will even function within the 2021 i4, for instance, and BMW is experimenting with a 5-Collection mannequin that options three of those new motors for a most energy output of 720 hp (we’re nonetheless speaking about an organization that made its identify by combining efficiency and luxurious, in spite of everything).
With DC quick charging at as much as 200 kW, the iX ought to have the ability to cost from 10 to 80% in about 40 minutes. A ten-minute top-off at a fast-charging station needs to be sufficient for about 75 miles. For essentially the most half, that’s according to comparable electrical vehicles, although Tesla’s V3 Supercharging guarantees considerably quicker recharge occasions and others can cost at greater than 200 kW.
Along with being BMW’s electrical flagship, the iNext/iX unsurprisingly additionally showcases the corporate’s newest expertise improvements. That’s clearly no shock, provided that BMW has used numerous iterations of its iNext concept car to consider finest combine new applied sciences into its next-generation of automobiles.
For the iX, these embrace all the usual driver help methods you’d count on right now (although particulars there are scarce), a head-up show and huge screens with a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch management show. However what’s perhaps much more fascinating right here is the corporate’s over philosophy which the corporate describes as “shy tech.”
“Shy tech refers to expertise that is still largely within the background and solely reveals its features when they’re getting used,” the corporate says in right now’s announcement. “On entry into the automobile, the perform in query is the electrically powered door locks. The inside welcomes the occupants of all 5 seats with an opulent lounge-style atmosphere, and offers the area required to discover new methods of utilizing time spent contained in the automobile.”
For essentially the most half, the person interface additionally strips away all distractions to permit the driving force to give attention to the street.
It’s no secret that BMW want to — in some unspecified time in the future — enable drivers to lounge in their self-driving cars. BMW hasn’t talked concerning the automobile’s driver assistant options but, in order that future hasn’t fairly arrived simply but, however the firm argues that by leaving out the same old heart tunnel, it could possibly present a extra “ethereal and specious really feel” that “accentuates the lounge-style atmosphere and long-distance consolation supplied by the inside.”
In some ways, the iX is the present apotheosis of BMW’s electrical ambitions, and it’s value noting that, not like others, the corporate is protecting a variety of the event in-house. That features its Dingolfing plant, however as the corporate famous right now, it is usually growing its personal battery cells and a brand new pilot plant for constructing its batteries close to Munich ought to open in 2022. “This pilot plant will make BMW the primary carmaker to cowl all the course of chain for electrical driving in-house,” BMW argues.
This wouldn’t be a serious tech launch if it didn’t additionally function a 5G side and certainly, the iX will function built-in 5G connectivity, which ought to make it among the many first — if not the primary — 5G-enabled manufacturing automobile. Ideally, which means larger bandwidth and decrease latency when the automobile wants to hook up with the BMW cloud. However as we’ve all discovered from current telephone launches, 5G is at present extra of a buzzword than game-changing expertise. What’s perhaps extra vital right here is that it might allow new C-V2X (Mobile Automobile to All the pieces) options that can enable automobiles to speak with one another and close by smartphones — even with out a cell community.