By Gil Martin
It was in Paris, in mid-July, that the German manufacturer unveiled its first all-electric SUV, the iX3, which takes the line and format of one of the best-selling SUVs in the world, the BMW X3.
To switch to electric
The 100% electric machine completes the X3 range (already available in diesel, gasoline and plug-in hybrid) and the manufacturer hopes that it will convince lovers of the brand, not really thrilled by the “little” i3, to switch to it. 'electric.
Always comfortable and spacious
This iX3, which does not display a sporty character without neglecting efficiency (see performance) is aimed at a large audience for whom it retains all the appeal of an SUV. Indeed, despite the batteries and a real weight gain (2,260 kg compared to 1,715 kg for the X3 30i), its modularity and the boot volume (between 450 and 1,500 l) remain identical to those of the X3, very comfortable and spacious.
The machine even benefits from a center of gravity lowered by 7 cm. And a reworked dress with redesigned shields, a partially closed grille and specific rims to assert the electric touch. Finally, for the most eco-responsible, remember that BMW guarantees an electric SUV manufactured without resorting to Rare Earths.
Everything to seduce
This BMW SUV has all the arguments to appeal, including in terms of range, tested at least 469 km. As for recharging, the vehicle remains within standards: the iX3's batteries are recharged to 80% in 34 minutes on a 100 kW socket, and to 100% in 7:30 a.m. on an 11 kW wallbox.
BMW iX3: performance
The BMW iX3 in figures
210 kW power
286 hp for a torque of 400 Nm
Top speed: limited to 180 km / h
From 0 to 100 km / h in 6.8 s.
Announced consumption: 18.5-19.5 kW / 100 km
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