BMW Concept iX3 revealed at 2018 Auto Shanghai

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

The Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is the first one from BMW in its new range of cars.

The iX3 is set to compete against the Jaguar i-Pace, Audi e-tron and first Mercedes EQ models, as well as the Tesla Model X.

"The BMW Concept iX3 underscores the BMW Group's resolve to further strengthen its leading position in the field of electric mobility, " BMW said.

BMW - at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show - unveiled the concept of its first mass-produced electric vehicle - the BMW iX3 Concept.

The BMW iX3 is the electric variant of the X3 SUV and is based on the fifth generation BMW eDrive technology. 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.

As is so often the case, the iX3 is a concept in name only.

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However, the remainder of the design is still very much in the ilk of the popular family SUV.

All by 2025, the company BMW plans to release 25 serial of electrified models. And that means a pure combustion engine, plug-in hybrid drive system or battery-electric solution can be integrated into any model, as desired.

The BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture will produce the future series-production version of the BMW Concept iX3 in Shenyang, China. Its electric motor delivers 200 kW/270 hp while its voltage battery has a net capacity of over 70 kWh, enough to give the vehicle a range of more than 400km.

When the iX3 arrives in production form, it will support 150kW fast charging, which means it will be able to charge up to 80 per cent of the batteries in less than half an hour - given you're charging it from an ample power source. But the concept is wearing an all-new kidney grille akin to the one seen on the i Vision Dynamics Concept from previous year.

Finished in a striking matt Moonstone Silver, by far the most interesting aspects of the X3-derived design of the concept are the details, such as its conjoined, blue-accented version of the iconic "double-kidney" grille. Also, the BMW iX3 Concept can be seen with several blue highlights and a charging point, which is fitted behind the left side front wheel arch.

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