BMW iX3 spotted testing: Details on BMW’s first ever electric SUV

Will the electric BMW X3 SUV be the third model under BMW i brand? All details

By: | Published: February 27, 2018 10:16 PM
BMW iX3: Image source Motor1 BMW iX3: Image source Motor1

German automaker BMW is looking to expand its i brand of hybrid and electric vehicles and surprisingly the company is not being very secretive about its first ever electric SUV that's based on the BMW X3. The new spy shots by Motor1 clearly captures the undisguised electric version of BMW X3. While there is no mention of i brand on the outside, the prototype of BMW iX3 (let's call it that) does lack a visible exhaust at the rear and a plug-in-port located on the fender are clear signs of proving its the electric version of X3 SUV.

This is the second time the BMW iX3 has been spotted testing which now adds to the element of surprise. This model spotted by Motor1 has a different face and it is yet to be confirmed which style the company would finally go within its production version. However, reports strongly suggest that this could be wearing a production-style face which is slightly different than standard BMW X3 to act as a differentiator.

BMW iX3: Image source Motor1BMW iX3: Image source Motor1

Electric powertrain, range and motor capacity on the new BMW iX3 is still unknown. The SUV will get an All-wheel drive but the number of motors and will it have enough power and range to take on the likes of Tesla Model X is still a big question. Tesla Model X currently delivers a range anywhere between 235 and 280 miles in European conditions. We also believe that BMW is still testing its iX3 and any further details on this including the launch timelines is still unknown. Having said that, expect to see this SUV in late 2019. BMW currently has its all-electric BMW i3 and the hybrid BMW i8 sports car in its BMW i portfolio and as globally as electrification takes the centre stage expect the company to roll out an array of new cars and SUV to expand its EV portfolio.

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