The first-ever BMW iX, which showcases new generation technology, connectivity, design language and fully electric driving enjoyment, will arrive in Australia later this year via two models and three variants.
The Australian iX line-up will comprise the xDrive40, iX xDrive40 Sport and iX xDrive50 Sport, with each offering extensive standard specification items including myriad luxury, safety, technology and convenience features.
The two power systems at the heart of the iX models are highly advanced, responsive and deliver abundant power with a combined output of 240kW in the
iX xDrive40 and 385kW in the iX xDrive50.
The latest battery cell technology results in WLTP-calculated ranges of up to 630 kilometres in the iX xDrive50 and up to 425 kilometres in the iX xDrive40.
Also set to join the iX line-up at a later date is the powerhouse BMW iX M60, which will produce a maximum output in excess of 440 kW# and deliver an exceptionally sporty all-electric driving experience.
Highly-integrated and efficient drive technology
The fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology fitted to the BMW iX brings together the electric motor, power electronics and transmission within a single housing.
This highly integrated electric drive system maximises power density and efficiency in a compact package positioned across the front and rear axles.
Both motors in the BMW iX operate according to the principle of an electrically excited synchronous motor, where the excitation of the rotor is induced by the feed-in of electrical energy rather than fixed permanent magnets.
This enables maximum torque on tap immediately upon pulling away, as well as a tall, broad and flat torque band. Combined torque peaks at 630Nm on the BMW iX xDrive40 and a towering 765Nm on the BMW iX xDrive50.
Electric all-wheel-drive and near-actuator wheel slip limitation
The electric all-wheel-drive system in the BMW iX transmits exactly the right amount of drive torque to the front and rear wheels in all driving situations.
Its intelligent drive control enables fully variable power transmission, ranging from highly efficient pure rear-wheel-drive to traction-maximising all-wheel-drive.
The near-actuator wheel slip limitation technology fitted in tandem with all-wheel-drive for the first time brings about a further improvement in traction and handling stability.
This system, which is integrated in the motor management, produces precise and lightning fast corrective inputs. The result is effortless progress at all times even in adverse weather and road conditions.
The xDrive50 posts impressive acceleration times with 0 to 100km/h achieved in just 4.6 seconds, while the xDrive40 hits 100km/h from rest in 6.1 seconds.
High-voltage battery with the latest battery cell technology
The BMW iX features fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology with state-of-the-art high voltage battery cell technology.
Volumetric energy density at cell level is up by around 40 per cent compared with the high-voltage battery in the 2020 BMW i3.
The BMW iX xDrive50 is fitted with a high-voltage battery with a gross energy content of 112kWh, while the battery unit for the BMW iX xDrive40 has a gross energy content of 77kWh.
The standard specification of the BMW iX includes an integrated heating and cooling system for the cabin, together with its high-voltage battery and a drive system that operates using an exceptionally efficient heat pump function.
Anticipatory thermal management enables the high-voltage battery’s operating temperature to be optimised for quick and efficient charging prior to a scheduled stop at a fast-charging station.
The Combined Charging Unit (CCU) in the BMW iX offers supremely flexible charging options in both AC and DC formats.
DC power can be taken on board at a rate of up to 200kW (iX xDrive50) or 150kW (iX xDrive40). This allows the battery’s state of charge to be increased from 10 to 80 per cent in just 35 minutes in the BMW iX xDrive50 or 31 minutes in the iX xDrive40.
Range can be increased by up to 150 kilometres on the iX xDrive50 and more than 95 kilometres for the iX xDrive40 in just 10 minutes when they are plugged into a DC fast-charging station with an initial battery charge of 10 per cent.
Adaptive and individually regulated recuperation
Adaptive recuperation gives a further boost to the efficiency and range of the BMW iX.
Intelligently connected drive management means the intensity of the brake energy recuperation during overrun and active braking can be specifically adapted to different road situations, as detected by data from the navigation system and the sensors used by the driver assistance systems.
When approaching a junction, for example, the degree of recuperation is automatically increased, maximising energy recuperation while simultaneously harnessing the deceleration effect to a standstill.
On the open road, coasting functions can take over, allowing the car to free wheel with no drive power whenever the driver eases off the accelerator.
Adaptive recuperation is the default setting in driving position D. Alternatively, the driver can choose a high, medium or low Brake Energy Regeneration setting for all driving situations via the BMW iDrive menu.
The highest recuperation setting is automatically activated in driving position B, which also produces the characteristic one-pedal feeling.
Information on the energy flow can be further viewed in the control display of the BMW iX no matter which driving position is selected. An integrated ‘Efficiency Trainer’ offers hints for driving in a very economical manner, while the range horizon clearly illustrates the impact of driving style on the high-voltage battery’s charge level.
Optimally balanced driving characteristics
The body structure, design principle and chassis tuning of the BMW iX are perfectly calibrated to blend superb ride comfort with sporty handling characteristics.
The iX features aluminium spaceframe construction and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the roof, sides and rear of its ‘Carbon Cage’, resulting in an intelligent material mix that increases rigidity at the same time as minimising weight.
Optimised aerodynamic properties contribute to the car’s low drag coefficient of just 0.25, maximising efficiency and range.
The high-voltage battery is located low down in the car’s underbody, contributing to agile and responsive handling.
The standard chassis technology for the BMW iX comprises a double-wishbone front axle, five-link rear axle, lift-related dampers and an electric steering system with Servotronic function and a variable ratio.
These features combine to create well-balanced driving characteristics that enable the BMW iX to feel solid and comfortable but also agile when the need arises.
Twenty one inch aerodynamically-optimised wheels are standard from the entry point of the line-up, while 22-inch wheels are fitted to both Sport variants. Other wheel designs with contrasting finishes are also available in both wheel sizes.
Premiere of new generation BMW iDrive and operating software
The BMW iX also sees debut of the latest generation of iDrive, based on BMW Operating System 8.
The new Operating System makes the most of the new BMW Curved Display and verbal communication with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, which has also undergone an extensive upgrade.
New ‘My Modes’ personalisation options expand the range of vehicle settings that can be selected, thereby creating an all-encompassing personal driving experience.
Navigation using the cloud-based system BMW Maps and Augmented Reality Video in the control display ensures quick and accurate route planning while also making it easy for the driver to find their way on the road.
The BMW iX also integrates 5G onboard mobile technology for high speed data transmission.
Wide variety of driver assistance systems
The new technology toolkit in the BMW iX offers considerable potential for the development of automated driving and parking functions.
A new generation of sensors, a new software stack and a powerful computing platform provide the basis for exceptional intelligence. Five cameras, five radar sensors and 12 ultrasonic sensors are used to monitor the vehicle’s surroundings.
The BMW iX comes equipped with the most extensive set of standard driver assistance systems ever seen on a BMW. The front collision warning system, for instance, now detects oncoming traffic as well as cyclists and pedestrians when turning.
Steering and Lane Control Assistant, both of which are standard on Australian-delivered models, have been significantly expanded, while Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function offers enhanced situational distance adjustment.
The exit warning function, which alerts to the presence of cyclists or pedestrians in the surrounding area before the doors are opened, and the Remote Theft Recorder, are both new features.
Also on the standard equipment list are Parking Assistant including Reversing Assist Camera and Reversing Assistant.
Exterior design exudes progressive luxury; spacious interior provides premium, feel-good ambience
The pioneering character of the BMW iX clearly shines through in its exterior design.
The reduced design language and precisely crafted details melds with the body’s muscular Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) proportions and imposing presence to create an aura of progressive luxury.
Standout exterior features include the almost completely blanked-off BMW kidney grille, whose surface is the product of innovative manufacturing techniques and which incorporates camera and radar sensors. The placement of components is part of BMW’s Shy Tech philosophy where elements are seamlessly integrated and in some cases hidden from view.
The kidney grille also has an in-built cleaning system and self-healing function for remedying light stone chips.
The BMW iX has been rigorously designed from the inside out with a focus on improving quality of life and personal wellbeing in mind.
Vast amounts of room and newly developed seats with integral head restraints set the tone for the luxurious ambience. The absence of a centre tunnel creates extra legroom and sufficient space for storage facilities and a centre console designed in the style of a high quality piece of furniture.
The premium and thoughtfully minimalistic feel of the cabin is also enhanced – as with exterior elements – via the use of Shy Tech, with certain features deliberately positioned out of sight such as speakers, intricately styled air vents and heated surfaces.
Feeler bars in the control panel, active haptic input buttons and a rocker switch for gear selection add futuristic instrumental flourishes.
In addition to the BMW Curved Display, the iX’s hexagonal steering wheel and frameless projector integration for the optional HeadUp Display further add to the futuristic interior and focused driving experience.
Two available interior design themes, Loft and Suite, each offer their own unique character and ambience while three different trim choices – Stone Grey, Amido and Castanea – are available to further customise the cabin’s look and feel.
The Panorama Glass Roof Sky Lounge, which is standard on iX xDrive50 Sport, is the largest panoramic glass roof ever offered by BMW at one metre wide and two metres long. It features an electrochromatic shade function that delivers UV and solar heat protection to provide a comfortable cabin environment at all times.
The automatic climate control system in the BMW iX comes with a nano-particle filter to purify the air and new touchscreen controls. The system intelligently combines interior ventilation and surface, seat and steering wheel heating to maximise occupants’ sense of well-being.
The optional 1,615-watt Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System with speakers integrated out of sight in the head restraints and a 4D Audio function using bass shakers in the front seats promises the ultimate sound experience.
In addition to acoustic pedestrian protection, the BMW iX also features a specially composed drive sound, which adds to the thrill of the driving experience by providing authentic feedback in response to accelerator movements and speed.
The BMW IconicSounds Electric function included as standard also allows new sound variants from a collaboration with film score composer Hans Zimmer to be added to the acoustic repertoire.
Production at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing using purely green power, monitored raw materials extraction, high proportion of natural and recycled materials
The BMW iX will be produced at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing.
Both the vehicle itself and the battery cells will be manufactured using green power across the board. The BMW Group procures the cobalt and lithium required for the high-voltage batteries from controlled sources in Australia and Morocco and delivers it to the battery cell manufacturers.
The design principle for the electric motors allows the use of rare earth metals to be avoided in the drive system rotors. Added to which, the company sources aluminium produced using power from solar energy plants.
A high proportion of secondary aluminium and reused plastic also contribute to the resource-efficient production of the BMW iX. Its interior uses FSC-certified wood, leather tanned with olive leaf extracts and other natural materials. Recycled fishing nets are among the raw materials used for the floor coverings and mats.
Local specification and pricing
The all-new BMW iX line-up will offer a high level of standard specification across all models.
Details of the line-up is listed below:
iX xDrive40: $135,900*
Standard specification highlights:
- 21” Aerodynamic Alloy Wheels, non-Runflat, incl. repair kit
- LED Headlights
- Shadow Line Exterior
- Alarm System
- Comfort Access
- Seat Heating, front
- Multifunctional Seats, front incl. massage function
- Automatic Air Conditioning, 4-Zone
- Ambient Lighting
- Charging Cable – Mode 2 for domestic sockets
- Charging Cable – Mode 3 for public chargers
- BMW Iconic Sounds
- Driving Assistant Professional
- Parking Assistant Plus
- harman/kardon Surround Sound
- DAB+ Digital Radio
- Storage for Wireless Charging
- Connected Package Professional, incl. Apple CarPlay
- ConnectedDrive eDrive Services
- BMW Natural Interaction
- BMW Live Cockpit Pro, BMW Operating System 8
- Interior Design ‘Suite’ – Olive Leaf Tanned Leather
- Chargefox – 5yr Subscription
iX xDrive40 Sport: $141,900*
Includes all specification elements from the xDrive40 and adds the following:
- Sport Package (includes pronounced side sills in Black high-gloss, front apron (with Air Curtains) in body colour, exclusive 22-inch wheel design, dark headlights, Sport brakes with brake callipers in blue, dark smoked-glass taillights, exclusive paint finishes and a kidney grille pattern in Chrome (optionally Titanium Bronze).
- 22” Aerodynamic Alloy Wheels, non-Runflat, incl. repair kit
- Metallic Paintwork
iX xDrive50 Sport: $169,900
Includes all specification elements from the xDrive40 Sport and adds the following:
- Panorama Glass Roof Sky Lounge
- BMW Laserlight
- Integral Active Steering
- Adaptive 2-Axle Air Suspension
- Soft-Close Doors
A range of options are available for customers to personalise their iX while adding further character to both interior and exterior aspects.
Comfort Package (all models): $3,500
Available only with Interior Design Suite Amido/Castanea
- Steering Wheel Heating
- Active Seat Ventilation, front seats
- Heat Comfort Package, which includes:
- Seat heating, front and rear
- Armrest heating, centre console
- Armrest heating, front and rear doors
- Heated instrument panel lower section, beneath steering wheel and glove box lid
- Heated front and rear door panels, upper trim
Enhancement Package (iX xDrive40/xDrive40 Sport): $9,500
- Soft Close Doors
- Panorama Glass Roof Sky Lounge
- BMW Laserlight
Indulgence Package (iX xDrive40 Sport/xDrive50 Sport): $8,500
- Interior Applications Clear & Bold
- Interior Camera
- Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound
The BMW iX xDrive40 comes standard with the Alpine White finish, delivering a refined and sporty aesthetic.
The range of available metallic finishes, which are a $2,000 option for xDrive40 but a no cost option on xDrive40 Sport and xDrive50 Sport, includes: Black Sapphire, Sophisto Grey, Phytonic Blue and Blue Ridge Mountain.
Mineral White is available exclusively for the iX xDrive40 Sport and iX xDrive50 Sport models.
The line-up of premium BMW Individual Metallic paint finishes, priced at $2,600 for xDrive40 Sport and xDrive50 Sport, comprise Storm Bay and Aventurine Red.
Alloy wheel options
21″ Aerodynamic wheels 1010 Bicolour 3D polished buff, Gunmetal Grey
F: 9J × 21, 255/50 R 21
R: 9J × 21, 255/50 R 21
iX xDrive40: standard
21″ Aerodynamic wheels 1011 Bicolour
F: 9J × 21, 255/50 R 21
R: 9J × 21, 255/50 R 21
iX xDrive40: $700
22″ Aerodynamic wheels 1020 Bicolour 3D polished buff, Jet Black
F: 9.5J × 22, 275/40 R 22
R: 9.5J × 22, 275/40 R 22
iX xDrive40 Sport/xDrive50 Sport: standard
22″ Aerodynamic wheels 1021 Multicolour 3D polished buff, Frozen Midnight Grey
F: 9.5J × 22, 275/40 R 22
R: 9.5J × 22, 275/40 R 22
iX xDrive40 Sport/xDrive50 Sport: $700
BMW iX line-up
* Recommended Retail Pricing is shown and includes GST and LCT but excludes on-road costs. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing enquiries.
#Figures relating to motor output and energy consumption of the BMW iX M60 are predicted values based on the
car’s current stage of development