The new BMW iX3
The new BMW iX3

BMW Ireland has released more information on the brand’s first all electric SUV, the BMW iX3, which is expected to arrive here in summer 2021.

Irish customers will be able to choose between the BMW iX3 Premier Edition and the iX3 Premier Edition Pro, both offering a significant level of standard equipment over and above the current X3.

The arrival of the iX3 will make the BMW X3 the brand’s first model offered with a pure-electric drive system, a plug-in hybrid system or petrol and diesel engines.

Pricing will start from €70,205 on the road for the BMW iX3 Premier Edition, including grants and VRT relief. The Pro edition will be available from €74,105.

Standard equipment on the BMW iX3 Premier Edition will include 20” black aerodynamic wheels, automatic tailgate, adaptive suspension and panoramic sunroof. Vernasca leather will be available in a choice of four colours, along with Sensatec dashboard, sun protect glazing, ambient lighting and electric seats.

Additional standard features include wireless phone charging, heated front seats and the brand’s very latest driver assistance technology, including Driving Assistant Professional, Parking Assistant and BMW Live Cockpit Professional.

Inside the new iX3
Inside the new iX3

For customers choosing the BMW iX3 Premier Edition Pro, additional standard features will include BMW Head-up Display, Harman Kardon surround sound, Gesture Control,  Parking Assistant Plus, Automatic high beam assistant, Comfort access and Lumbar support.

The new BMW iX3 uses an 80 kWh battery and offers a range of up to 450 kilometres (WLTP test cycle). It will have 268 hp and sprints from 0-100km/h in 6.8 seconds, putting it in the same territory as the conventionally powered BMW X3 xDrive30i. The brand says sending power to the rear wheels creates a characteristic BMW driving experience with “outstanding traction” thanks to the standard-fit ARB technology.

An innovative new charging unit  sends power to both the 400V battery and the 12V on-board power supply. When charging using alternating current, it enables both single-phase and three-phase charging at up to 11 kW.

Plugging the vehicle into a direct current rapid-charging station gives access to charging outputs of up to 150 kW, meaning the high-voltage battery can be charged from 0 to 80 per cent of its full capacity in 34 minutes. Drivers can add the power required to add 100 kilometres to the car’s driving range (in the WLTP cycle) in just 10 minutes, according to BMW.