BMW iX3 Concept: Ordinary on the Outside, All Electric on the Inside [News]

BMW ix3 concept
BMW iX3 Concept

BMW rolled out the iX3 concept crossover at the Auto China 2018 show that is currently underway in Beijing. It appears to be production-ready on the outside and looks very similar to the standard X3, but it’s BMW’s first all-electric vehicle platform. This crossover is designed to be electric-only. There are no combustion engines, range extenders, or hybrid systems on board.

BMW also announced some specs, although BMW may not release the full picture for some time. The BMW iX3’s maximum driving range is listed at 249 miles on WLTP cycle. This test cycle is similar to the one from the EPA. For example, the Chevy Bolt EV is rated at 240 mile range on WLTP and 238 miles on the EPA cycle.

This is a significant move for BMW because crossovers are very popular right now, and the acceptance for all-electric vehicles continues to rise. Some cities and localities are starting to require all-electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.