BMW has released new information about the iX as part of their 2021 Annual Conference and there some exciting news about BMW's all-electric SUV.

Here are the top 10 things you need to know about the iX xDrive40 & iX xDrive50.

1. BMW Operating System 8 will be installed for the first time in the iX

BMW will be launching their new Operating System 8 in 2021 and the iX will be their first vehicle that will have it installed. BMW says that Operating System 8 is the most powerful in-vehicle data processing system they've ever developed and it will be the basis for eighth generation version of iDrive.

BMW Operating System 8 will also be capable of a broader range of functions on demand that can be ordered and installed over the air. Functions can be purchased outright or rented for three years, 12 months or just one month.

2. US pre-orders start in June 2021

BMW says that US pre-orders will begin in June 2021 and the market launch is expected to start in early 2022.

3. Starting price will be in the mid-$80K range

Pricing for the iX hasn't been officially released but BMW says it's expected to have an MSRP starting in the mid $80’s. US pricing will be announced closer to market launch


4. There is no shortage of horsepower

BMW claims the iX will produce 500 horsepower thanks to its dual electric motors. As a result, the xDrive50 will be able to go from 0 to 62 mph in under 5.0 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 124 mph.

5. The iX will have 5th generation BMW eDrive Technology

Powering the iX will be the 5th generation of BMW's eDrive Technology. The new eDrive is is centered around a drive unit which brings the electric motor, power electronics and transmission in one single housing. By doing this it increases power density 30% more than previous systems.

The excitation of the rotor in the BMW iX motors is not induced by fixed permanent magnets, but the feed-in of electric energy. This allows torque to be maintained over an extremely broad rev band.

6. The iX will have an adaptive rengerative braking system

The IX will feature an adaptive regenerative braking system to maximize energy recuperation back to the battery. Depending on the driving situation the regenerative braking can change with information from the navigation system and by the sensors of the driver assistance systems.

For example, when approaching an intersection, the regenerative braking can increase. On an open road, the coasting function takes over when the driver takes their foot off the throttle.

Adaptive regenerative braking is one of the standard settings activated when D (Drive) is engaged. Drivers can also choose a high, medium or low Brake Energy Regeneration setting in the iDrive menu to apply across all driving situations.

7. It has an estimated range of 300 miles

BMW estimates that the iX will have a range of 300 miles with a battery that has over 100 kWh of capacity.


8. Charging Times

When using a Level 2 home charger, the iX is capable of charging up to 11 kW. With that method the iX can recharge its battery from totally empty to 100% in under eleven hours.

With DC fast-charging the iX can charge at up to 200 kW. When plugged into a DC fast-charging station the iX can get 75 miles of range in 10 minutes and the battery can go from 10-80% in under 40 minutes.

9. The iX is made from a high proportion of recycled materials.

In order to make the iX more environmentally friendly, up to 50% of the iX's castings are made from secondary aluminum.

The interior is also made from sustainable materials. The only chrome anywhere in the interior is found in the BMW badge on the steering wheel. The optional Clear & Bold interior includes a control panel on the center console made from sustainably grown wood with FSC certification (Forest Stewardship Council).

The carpeting and floor mats in the BMW iX xDrive50 are made from a synthetic yarn that is produced from recycled nylon and recycled material accounts for over 20 per cent of the thermoplastic content in the vehicle.

Each BMW iX contains arounds 132 pounds of recycled plastic in total.

10. iX production will be powered only by hydroelectricity

Production of the iX at the Dingolfing plant will be powered solely by hydroelectricity. The power will come from the Isar hydroelectric power stations Uppenborn between Moosburg and Landshu. It's part of a partnership between BMW and Stadwerke Munchen and RWE Supply & Trading

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