The BMW iX3 / X3 can also be electric

The BMW Group entered the wave of electromobility in 2013 with its i3 model, ie at a time when most cars did not even dream of electric cars yet. Despite the fact that the i3 was a very timeless model at the time and used a composite construction with a metal frame, we had to wait for its successor until last year. Yes, the tested new BMW iX3 opens a new era of BMW electromobility, although it must be said that the iX3 is not a typical representative of it. This is a model that can be equipped with both electric and diesel, petrol or plug-in hybrid drive. So it’s a kind of transition to purely electric models like the iX or i4. However, it does not detract from its functionality and qualities. For some customers, this can even be a benefit and will be easier to switch to electric drive. Let’s take a closer look at what it actually offers.

The BMW iX3 uses the latest 5th generation BMW eDrive electric drive. This is remarkable mainly for its scalability, thanks to which the individual components are easily adaptable for several models of different vehicles. The new modular device consists of three main technological units and consists of it: a combined charging unit CCU, which can have AC charging power from 3.7 to 22 kW, depending on the version, electric or hybrid drive unit consisting of one module with power from 90 to 300 kW and a battery which, due to the variable size and shape of the cell, may have different capacities. In addition to the iX3, the fifth generation of the BMW eDrive will also be used by the upcoming iX and i4 models.

The BMW iX3 battery has a 30% higher energy density than, for example, the previous i3 model. The engine is characterized by efficiency of up to 93 percent. The drive system delivers 210 kW (286 hp) and 400 Nm of torque, available unlike other electric motors at high speeds. The vehicle can accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 6.8 seconds, the maximum speed is limited to 180 km / h. Interestingly, the BMW iX3 is a pure “asshole”, which will surely please true fans of the brand. To make matters worse, the manufacturer has also added a specific sound that complements the feeling of performance and acceleration in sports mode. The ARB system ensures excellent traction in all modes.

The supplied battery has a total capacity of 80 kWh, while 74 kWh can be used. It can be charged with a built-in three-phase AC charger with an output of 11 kW or DC charging with an output of up to 150 kW. As a result, it charges from 10 to 80% on the ultra-fast charger in 34 minutes. The battery, together with a well-tuned and economical system, will offer a standard WLTP range of up to 459 km, so you definitely don’t have to stay within your district with your new pet.

For the test, I had the highest Impressive equipment, which includes 20-inch alloy wheels with an aerodynamically modified design, adaptive LED headlights along with acoustic windscreens, Vernasca leather upholstery or sports seats at the front with lumbar support, ventilation and heating. You will also find a projection head-up display, high beam assistant and extended parking assistant, including a rear parking camera. The equipment also includes control of selected vehicle functions with gestures, Harman Kardon sound system and on-board Wi-Fi hotspot. Of course, you can connect to the vehicle remotely via the My BMW mobile app. This is important for electric vehicles, so you can check the charge status, current range, start air conditioning or heating and much more. The vehicle is, of course, equipped with the latest generation of intelligent adaptive cruise control, which can automatically (in the Slovak Republic semi-automatically) take over speeds according to the database and according to traffic signs. While you have to confirm the speed change with us, when driving in districts, for example before a sharp turn, the cruise control will slow down automatically. It also works well when driving on the motorway, when the display also shows vehicles in side lanes from both sides (on a three-lane). The work of driving assistants has traditionally been precise and reliable. I really appreciate the charging options (it is strange how the designers, unlike plug-in hybrids, “shattered”) both AC and DC. With the 400 V electrical system used by the BMW iX3, 150 kW is actually the most powerful charging. For higher outputs, it is already necessary to use an 800 V system. During testing, I reached a maximum of 139 kW, because I came up with a 25% battery condition on the ultra-fast charger. Unfortunately, I had a slightly limited mileage and with such a run it is sometimes problematic. However, this is not important, however, we were able to measure the charging curve, which is very good and holds a high charging power. At 76% SoC, it charged with an output of 62 kW. Charging from 25% to 80% took 29 minutes. The maximum range within the districts and the city was 440 km, which is very good value. Of course, highway driving will ask for more and here you will range from 200 to 250 km depending on your driving style. Nevertheless, the range is very good.

Driving characteristics are traditionally also very good and despite the fact that the vehicle has only rear-wheel drive, handling is good even on wet roads. The assistance systems are precisely tuned, so the vehicle can transfer power to the road very well. Traction control can be switched off if necessary. The chassis is comfortable and can also handle our districts. I also liked the quality soundproofing, which makes driving more pleasant. However, if you want more driving pleasure, just switch to sport mode. Then 210 kW of power will wake up and the car will move forward with the generated soundscape.

I think that the new iX3 has succeeded and is a very good precursor to other electric models of the carmaker. To see that they haven’t slept in their laurels at BMW since the i3 years and have been honest with development. So we have something to look forward to.

Specifications:

• BMW iX3 drive, rear-wheel drive, total power 210 kW, torque 400 Nm, specified range WLTP 459 km, DC charging up to 150 kW, AC charging 11 kW / 3f, acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h 6.8 s, top speed 180 km / h

FACTS, MINUSES:

+ Power, charging options, technological equipment, driving characteristics, range
– Does not have a 4 × 4 version

• Model price (EUR with VAT): 66 550 EUR, test vehicle: 77 045 EUR

TESTS:

• Consumption in the test (kWh / 100 km): 18.6
• Range in the test (km): 460
• AC charging power on 11 kW 3f charger (kW): 11
• AC charging power on 22 kW 3f charger (kW): 11
• Max. DC charging power, charger 50 kW (kW): 49
• Charging time 10-80% (min): 71
• Max. DC charging power UFC charger 350 kW (kW): 149
• Charging time 10-80% (min): 33

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