The BMW iX3 previews a future electric SUV

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Say hello to the iX3, BMW's 'first' electric car

This design is likely to be the base of BMW i's first all-electric SUV, which will be part of BMW's overall aim to release 25 electrified models by 2025, 12 of which will be all-electric.

Competitors of the vehicle will be the Audi E-tron, Mercedes and Jaguar C EQ I-Pace. The two-pronged offensive of the i3 hatchback and i8 sports auto certainly capture people's attention, but technology and demand of electric vehicles is marching on. Essentially, the iX3 concept is an electric-powered version of the BMW X3.

While the iX3, now on display at the Beijing motor show, won't be the brand's first all-electric model, it signals further integration of fully-electrified powertrains into BMW's model range. The body paint is matte-finish Moonstone Silver to go with the electric nature of the crossover.

The BMW iX3 Concept is an all-electric X3 SUV. There's also lots of blue highlighting to reinforce the car's electric credentials, while it also gets "aerodynamically optimised" alloy wheels. The transfer of the drive system technology originally developed for BMW i cars into vehicles from the BMW Group's core brands is entering a new dimension here. The trademark blue accents of BMW's "i" range are prominently featured.

Under the newest fuel efficiency test cycles introduced a year ago, BMW says it covered 249 miles - that's slightly short of the "up to 298 mile" distance the Jaguar I-Pace can cover between charges. Another notable element is that the electric motor does not need any rare earths, which means the BMW Group is not dependent on their availability. The iX3 SUV delivers a driving range of 400km on a single charge.

BMW has stated that a production version of the iX3 SUV will be ready for sale by 2020. Like the one used by the Audi e-tron, the i3X's battery is said to have been designed with 150kW fast-charging stations in mind, making a full charge possible in just 30 minutes thanks to clever battery cooling and temperature control technology. The biggest change is certainly the standard kidney grille, which has been replaced with the linked unit inspired from the iVision Dynamics Concept.

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