Within just 2 days since the order books for the BMW iX3 opened, BMW Malaysia revealed today in a virtual media roundtable that they have received almost 30 bookings for the fully-electric SUV.
To recap, the BMW iX3 is priced at RM 335,800 for the Inspiring variant and RM 354,800 for the Impressive variant – both of which include the BMW Service & Repair Inclusive: 5-Year Extended Warranty and 6-Year Service Package, as well as the Power Package which comes with the BMW i Wallbox and BMW Standard Charging Cable.
The fully-imported (CBU from Shenyang, China) BMW iX3 is propelled by a rear-mounted electric motor that produces 286 PS/400 Nm. 0-100 km/h takes 6.8 seconds while top speed is capped at 180 km/h.
The BMW iX3 features an 80-kWh lithium-ion battery that offers a WLTP range of up to 461 km. It supports DC fast charging at rates of up to 150 kW for 80% charge in 32 minutes, while AC charging at up to 11 kW is supported via a Type 2 connection for 100% in approximately 7.5 hours.
The battery pack has 10 individual modules that can be replaced individually, just like BMW plug-in hybrids (PHEV), so this would alleviate some of the concerns for long-term ownership cost on top of the 8-year/160,000 km warranty for the battery.
In an effort to boost charging infrastructure, BMW Malaysia is working with GreenTech, Shell’s ReCharge program, and Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).
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“We’ve been working with GreenTech Malaysia for the longest time, we will also be continuing our collaboration with Shell and they will be making announcements in that area, as well as Tenaga Nasional Berhad,” said Sashi Ambi, Head of Corporate Communications for BMW Group Malaysia.
“This is to give confidence to our customers of plug-in hybrids as well as battery-powered electric cars,” he added.
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With regards to the Budget 2022 that is expected to be announced this Friday on 27-October, Sashi believes there will be certain elements for EVs in this particular budget. “I cannot confirm this, but the sentiments are strong so that’s something we can look forward to,” he said.
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