The German automaker was ready to introduce two of the upcoming electric models at the Geneva Motor Show. But, we all know what happened, with the outbreak of the Coronavirus, and the cancelation of the show. One of those long-awaited models is the BMW i4 Concept. This EV will go after the Tesla Model 3-like models in the Gran Coupe-fastback version. Despite the fact that the i4 is a really impressive vehicle, the company needs an electric model to attract a greater number of potential buyers. Therefore, he Munchen-based carmaker will introduce the 2021 BMW iX, the flagship electric SUV.
This model, formerly known as iNEXT, features a striking exterior, minimalistic but very effective cabin design, and excellent performances. The upcoming electric SUV will pack an 80-kWh battery, which provides around 400 miles of driving range. The BMW iX should make a public debut later this year, while the sales begin in the first few months of 2021.
2021 BMW iX Exterior Design
Similar to the forthcoming 4-Series and the rest of the announced concepts, 2021 BMW iX will include brand-new tall grille. Well, this feature will definitely give a bolder appearance to the electric model, alongside the slim LED headlights. Moreover, the headlights are surrounded by strong sculpting of the front bumper and contrasting accents.
Also, the iX EV brings the clean design of the bodyside, with frameless windows, minimalistic defining lines and flush door handles. The lower rocker panels provide similar effects and endorse even further well-made front and rear fenders. As for the rear side, you’ll find staunch firmly-built. slim LED taillights, and a lower diffuser panel.
Same as on the i4 Concept, the cabin will carry a minimalistic design. The upcoming EV brings a touch of futuristic beauty, in combination with the exceptional technology. One of the most interesting interior features is the large, driver-focused curved touchscreen display, which controls the climate system, entertainment, and navigation.
Moreover, the exclusive two-spoke, polygonal-shaped steering wheel comes with a flat bottom and optical fibers. These fibers light up when the driver needs to take control over Level 3 semi-autonomous driving assistance. On top of that, you’ll find 5G connectivity and different cabin ambiance settings. The all-electric crossover will be assembled at the manufacturer’s Dingolfing plant in Germany, where several sections of the vehicle will be attached with the help of rotary bonding technology.
2021 BMW iX Engine Specs, Competition
The range-topping version of the 2021 BMW iX will use the company’s 5th generation eDrive system. This system generates 530 hp, while the high-density 80-kWh battery pack provides a driving range of around 400 miles. Moreover, with the help from lightweight batteries and AWD system, the iX should accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 4 seconds.
Also, the available 150 kW DC fast charging unit can replenish the battery up to 80% within 35 minutes. The upcoming BMW’s model will compete in the ever-growing, high-margin EV class. One of the main rivals will be Mercedes-Benz EQC, Jaguar I-Pace, Audi E-Tron, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and Tesla Model Y. The iX will be presented later this year, while the sales start in the first quarter of 2021.