BMW India has finally entered the country’s luxury electric BMW iX vehicle market. The iX has been released in the Indian market at a price of Rs 1.16 crore (ex-showroom). The electric SUV will be delivered via the CBU method and will be available in a single xDrive40 variant. Deliveries are slated to start in early 2022.
A 76.6kWh (71kWh net) battery pack powers the iX, which produces 322bhp and 630Nm of torque. BMW claims a 6.1-second zero-to-100kmph sprint time and a WLTP range of up to 425 kilometers. Multiple charging options impress with the iX. While the electric SUV comes with an 11kW wall box charger as standard, it is also compatible with DC charging up to 150kW and AC charging up to 11kW.
The iX looks futuristic and borrows a number of aesthetic ideas from the iNext SUV that was unveiled a few years ago. The now-familiar vertical kidney grille dominates the front, flanked by crisp LED headlights with integrated two-stripe DRLs. The iX has 21-inch air performance wheels, flush-fitting door handles, a panoramic glass top, frameless doors, and blue accents to remind you of one of its non-ICE features.
The iX’s cabin appears to be both opulent and technologically modern on the inside. It comes with a redesigned hexagonal two-spoke steering wheel, a curved driver’s display, a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, head-up display, seat-integrated speakers, and crystal-finish gear selector and dials. The cabin was constructed entirely of recyclable materials. The doors, center console, and seats, for example, are made of 50% recycled polyester, while the dashboard is made of natural leather tanned with olive leaves.
According to WLTP, the all-electric BMW iX can go up to 425 kilometers on a single charge thanks to its 76.6kWh battery pack. It also produces 322bhp and 630Nm of torque. Aside from that, the iX can be charged using both AC and DC chargers, and it has a fast-charging capacity of up to 150kW. In around seven hours, the 11kW wall box charger can fully charge the SUV. Completing 80 percent with either 50 or 150kW, on the other hand, takes about 73 minutes and 31 minutes, respectively. Meanwhile, the iX competes against the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-Tron, and Mercedes-Benz GLC in India.
“In a fast-changing world, the first-ever BMW iX is the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ for a new generation,” said Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India, speaking at the launch. The latest BMW eDrive technology, combined with the functionality of the X5, the dynamics of the X6, and the spectacular design of the X7, has given birth to a new era’s icon. The BMW iX was designed from the ground up to be environmentally friendly, using natural and recyclable components throughout its entire existence. It’s more than just a vehicle; it’s a way of life in the twenty-first century. Joy has reborn!”
The BMW iX competes in India against Mercedes-EQC, Benz’s Jaguar’s I-Pace, Porsche’s Taycan, and the Audi e-Tron. We’ve personally seen the iX, and you can learn more about it here. The i4 electric sedan will shortly join the iX “as read and reported by www.cartrade.com”.