It’s no surprise that BMW has joined the all-electric SUV bandwagon. The BMW iX has made its India debut, but the firm has more in store for us, for an all-electric sedan and a mini electric hatchback are coming our way too.
The BMW iX all-electric SUV has made its India debut. The new German electric SUV is priced at Rs 1.16 crore (ex-showroom). The BMW iX steps in the segment already occupied by the Mercedes-Benz EQC, Audi e-Tron – the SUV and the Sportback – and Jaguar I-Pace. But if you’re in the market for a premium EV, the options can be extended up to the Audi e-tron GT and the newly launched Porsche Taycan.
Speaking of the BMW iX, the SUV has made its debut in one variant called the xDrive 40. The ‘xDrive’ refers to the all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, and the number ‘40’ specifies the variant level. The BMW iX produces 321.5bhp and 630Nm, which helps it shoot to 100km/hr from a standstill in 6.1 seconds.
The dual motors setup sources power from a 76.6kWh battery pack, and the claimed range is 425km. An 11kW AC wall mount charger can fully charge the battery in seven hours, whereas a 2.3kW single-phase charger will take up to 36 hours to do the same.
BMW is providing a 2.3kW single-phase charger for domestic sockets, as standard, and an 11kW AC wall box charger, as an introductory offer. Using the 2.3kW charger, the battery can be topped up from 0 to 100 per cent in 36 hours, while the latter can top it up in just seven hours. A 50kW DC fast charger can do the same in 73 minutes.
The BMW iX scored a five-star rating in Euro NCAP rating. What's interesting is that the safety ratings are valid for all variants, which means that even though BMW India has brought in the lower xDrive 40 variant, it still adheres to the same safety standards. The iX scored 34.7/38 points in the adult occupant protection test and 43/49 points in the child occupant protection test.
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