BMW is spearheading its push into the electric car era (through shame rather than desire) with the pure electric iX SUV. The iX xDrive50 SUV, is due to go on sale in North American territories in mid-2022. Prices will start at $83,200 and BMW will charge you an extra $995 for delivery. It is fair to say that premium car manufactures will continue to charge a premium in the new electric car era. So what do you get for that $83k? For a start, you get AWD courtesy of two electric motors, one mounted on the front axel the second mounted on the rear axel.
Those two electric motors combine to yield a total system power of 516hp and 764NM (564 lb-ft) of torque. Power is supplied by a 106.3kWh battery pack. Performance stats read 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 124mph. BMW says the iX xDrive 50 has an estimated range of 300 miles. But as with any car, be it gas or electric, range is determined by how hard the car is driven.
The iX xDrive50 is fast charge enabled allowing for a 10 to 80 percent charge in 40 minutes or less. But electric car charging technology is still slow compared to filling up a gas-powered car. First-generation electric cars from legacy auto manufactures will quickly need to evolve and improve charging capability and increase the charging network infrastructure.
A lift-damping system, that is able to adjust shock absorber stiffness, is standard. BMW says this system is able to minimize suspension travel thereby reducing excessive body sway. Adaptive damping and air suspension are available as an optional extra. And if you are in a position to buy an iX xDrive50, adaptive damping should be prioritized above all other options because the system offers superior comfort levels.
The interior will be typical of an expensive BMW… plush. Technology-wise, the current trend is to integrate the driver’s digital display with the infotainment system. This results in a seamless single display that measures 27.2-inches which is faced in curved glass. The software, iDrive 8, is updated over the air, mirroring a trend first started by Tesla.
Premium features also include a heads-up display and a smartglass panoramic sunroof that can digitally adjust the amount of light entering the cabin at a switch of a button. Also included is a premium 665 watt Harman Kardon audio system. And of course, the iX xDrive50 will have the latest in passive and active safety technologies.
Personally speaking, I would still opt for a Tesla Model X.