2021 BMW iX is an X5-sized EV with 600 km range, 500 PS, and a massive grille that it doesn't need
Arif · Nov 12, 2020 12:00 PM
Yesterday saw the reveal of BMW’s latest electric car – the 2021 BMW iX. Following the trajectory of the BMW i4 concept, G80 M3, and G82 M4, the iX sports an unmissable kidney grille upfront. Whether beautiful or not, it certainly gives a visual impact.
Referred to as an SAV, The BMW iX is comparable with the BMW X5 in length and width, and is almost the same height as the BMW X6. The wheelbase of the iX is 3,000 mm
The battery capacity is impressive and so is the range. On a side note, BMW Group will have a new pilot-plant for manufacturing lithium-ion battery cells in Parsdorf (near Munich) by 2022.
The plant is currently under construction and will make BMW the first carmaker to cover the entire process chain for electric driving in-house.
According to BMW, the massive kidney grill is more than just a visual shock.
The BMW kidney grille serves as an intelligence panel with integrated sensors, camera and radar technology for advanced driver assistance systems.
Available on the BMW iX are extremely high level of computing power for data processing, extremely powerful sensors, 5G capability provides the basis for optimised automated driving and parking functions.
The iX also showcases BMW Shy Tech.
What on earth is that? As the name suggests, the tech/feature is hidden or invisible unless you require it. Basically reducing visual clutter for a cleaner minimalistic look.
Part of Shy Tech on the BMW iX are flush-fitted door openers activated at the touch of a button, sensors integrated out of view, speakers integrated out of sight, and intricately styled air vents.
More extreme applications of the BMW Shy Tech were showcased in the BMW Vision iNEXT.
There’s a lot of tech on this brand-new BMW iX, but the aesthetics require a unique taste to be appreciated.
The BMW iX will be launched in end-2021, to be made at the Dingolfing plant in Germany. What are your thoughts on the new BMW iX?
Previously an engineer in an automotive manufacturing company and a highway concessionaire. A part-time research student on biofuels and diesel engines. Obsessed with vehicle electrification and the future of transportation.