BMW iX: A Comprehensive Review of the Technology Flagship
In the world of electric vehicles (EVs), BMW has been making waves with its latest offering, the BMW iX. Unveiled as the iNext concept in 2018, this technology flagship has sparked both interest and controversy. Today, we delve into the details of the BMW iX, exploring its design, interior, performance, sustainability, and overall verdict. Buckle up and get ready for a deep dive into the world of BMW’s electric marvel.
Exterior Design: A Departure from Tradition
The BMW iX aims to stand out from the crowd with its unique design language. Unlike its sporty SUV counterparts, the iX is not pretending to be a sports-SUV. Its exterior design is more jewel-like and precious, breaking away from the traditional BMW X5, X6, and X7 hierarchy. The most controversial aspect of the design is the front grille, which is covered in plastic that self-heals after scratching. It’s as if BMW is prepared for physical attacks. However, if the M-Sport package is avoided, the hideous black trapezoids below the headlamps are also avoided, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of the iX.
Interior Design: A Lounge, Not Just a Car
Step inside the BMW iX, and you’ll find an interior that is as distinctive as the i3’s cabin. The aim here is to create a lounge-like atmosphere rather than a car-like one. Unconventional materials, such as matte wood with lit graphics, optional denim-like recycled fabric, and a glass iDrive knob, contribute to the unique ambiance. Straight lines and diagonals dominate the interior, setting it apart from the more conventional X5. While not as successful as the i3, the iX’s interior still offers a refreshing departure from the norm.
Under the Hood: Powertrain and Performance
The BMW iX boasts a wholly bespoke structure, with a three-dimensional box-frame of carbon fiber and a significant amount of aluminum. While the structure itself is unique to the iX, the motors, battery design, and high-voltage electronics are modular versions of what is used in the iX3 and i4. These electric-drive parts may be hidden and unglamorous, but they play a critical role in the efficiency, smoothness, and fast recharging of the vehicle.
The iX is available in three versions, all featuring twin-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) with the xDrive prefix in their names. The xDrive 40 offers a usable capacity of 71kWh and a range of 257 miles (WLTP). On the other hand, the xDrive 50 boasts a 105.2kWh battery, providing a range of 380 miles on standard 21-inch wheels. For those craving more power, the flagship xDrive M60 combines the 50s battery with an additional 100bhp, resulting in a staggering 619bhp and a blistering 0-62mph time of 3.8 seconds. However, it’s worth noting that the slower iXs make a more compelling case for themselves than the high-performance M60 version.
Driving Experience: Comfort Takes Center Stage
While BMWs are known for delivering an excellent driving experience, the iX takes a different approach. The calibration of all the controls is intuitive, resulting in a satisfying driving experience. The steering is accurate, the acceleration is smooth and prompt, and the iX manages its weight with finesse. It does offer a Sport mode, but it doesn’t make a significant difference. Instead, the iX prioritizes comfort, silence, and relaxation, making it an ideal car for comfortable cruising. Among the various versions, the xDrive 40 stands out, offering a less hurried and harried powertrain that behaves itself best.
Sustainability: A Step Towards a Greener Future
BMW has made sustainability a priority in the production of the iX. The electrically excited synchronous motors used in the iX contribute to its efficiency. By eliminating the use of rare-earth metals and minimizing the use of cobalt, BMW ensures that the iX doesn’t threaten the availability of these valuable resources. The production process itself is powered by renewable energy, with the body’s carbon fiber frame, battery cell plants, and assembly plant all utilizing renewable energy sources. Additionally, the iX incorporates recycled materials, such as partially recycled ocean plastic in the carpet and sustainably tanned leather using olive leaves instead of harmful chemicals.
An independent audit by TUV reveals that the iX’s lifetime carbon footprint is 45% less than that of the X5, showcasing BMW’s commitment to reducing environmental impact.
Verdict: A Technological Marvel for Comfortable Cruising
In conclusion, the BMW iX is a technological marvel that showcases BMW’s best work on materials, aerodynamics, and driver assistance. While it may not be positioned as a driver’s champion, the iX excels in providing a comfortable and soothing driving experience. With its impressive range and rapid recharge capabilities, the iX proves to be an efficient full-size e-SUV. However, it’s important to choose the right visual options, wheels, and paint to find an iX that truly appeals to your taste. Overall, the BMW iX is a big comfy home-on-wheels that combines cutting-edge technology with a focus on comfort and sustainability.
So, are you ready to take a ride in the future of electric mobility? Strap in and experience the BMW iX for yourself.
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