Learn all about the US-spec 2022 BMW iX xDrive50 with this official press release.

The New 2022 BMW iX xDrive50.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 1, 2021…BMW is proud to announce the BMW iX xDrive50. Conceived from the outset as purely electric mobility, the iX sees BMW redefining its successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) concept. The BMW iX has been created to provide something beyond just mobility – an exhilarating driving experience combined with a sense of well-being for both drivers and passengers all the while enjoying the journey with safety, security and in luxury.
“The New 2022 BMW iX xDrive50 press release has been updated with EPA range information indicating an EPA range of up to 324 miles with 20-inch wheels, 305-miles with 21-inch wheels and 315 miles with 22-inch wheels.”
  • New generation of all-electric SAV from BMW.
  • Combined 516 hp and electric all-wheel drive. 0-60 mph in 4.4 sec.
  • EPA range up to 324 miles.
  • Available 5G and Personal eSIM
  • MSRP of $83,200 plus $995 Destination.
  • U.S. market launch expected in Q1 of 2022.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 1, 2021…BMW is proud to announce the BMW iX xDrive50. Conceived from the outset as purely electric mobility, the iX sees BMW redefining its successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) concept. The BMW iX has been created to provide something beyond just mobility – an exhilarating driving experience combined with a sense of well-being for both drivers and passengers all the while enjoying the journey with safety, security and in luxury.

The iX xDrive50 brings together the company’s latest developments in the fields of design, sustainability, connectivity, electrification and digital services. The expertise accumulated by the BMW Group over many years in the area of sustainability has been channeled into the manufacturing of the BMW iX xDrive50. The most exacting environmental requirements have been put in place throughout the value chain and for the full life cycle of the car. Key components include closely monitored raw materials extraction, the exclusive use of electricity from renewable sources in the production process and an extraordinarily high proportion of recycled materials.

Some of the advanced technology features making their BMW debut in the 516 hp iX include DC fast charging at up to 195 kW, available 5G and Personal eSIM support, a single-piece panoramic glass roof with electrochromic shading, the BMW Curved Display and iDrive 8, BMW Digital Key Plus with ultra-wideband radio technology, available Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound with 4D audio and the iconic BMW kidney grille serving as an intelligent sensor panel with self-healing capabilities.

A more powerful iX M60 model, with over 600 hp and the first all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle from BMW M GmbH, is planned for the future.

Body and Chassis Design

The BMW iX body structure’s aluminum spaceframe construction features an intelligent material mix that increases rigidity and minimizes weight. This also has a beneficial effect on passive safety, driving dynamics and electric power consumption. The mix of materials for the bodyshell includes CFRP and high-performance thermoplastics, along with high-strength steels and aluminum.

Light, yet extremely torsion resistant CFRP components for the side frame, rain channels, roof frame, cowl panel and rear window frame together form a ‘Carbon Cage’ in the BMW iX body. The BMW Group has employed its many years of experience in working with this high-tech lightweight material – amassed during production of the BMW i models and the current BMW 7 Series – to use CFRP intelligently to reinforce the body while saving weight. The Carbon Cage has evolved from the Carbon Core used in the 7 Series and allows the best qualities of this high-tech material to also be appreciated visually.

Fitting a lightweight CFRP side frame reduces the vehicle’s weight while helping to keep its center of gravity low. The cowl panel and rear window frame components are manufactured from continuous fiber-reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP) using an all-new production method. The innovative blend of materials forms the basis for an exceptionally slim profile that adds to the sense of spaciousness in the cabin. Brackets for control units, washer fluid lines and wiring harnesses can also be incorporated into these components. The CFRTP construction increases stiffness while achieving a weight saving of some 10 pounds compared to similar elements made of steel.

The CFRP used in the side frame and at the rear lends an added visual appeal to the BMW iX: the carbon components’ fiber structures clearly stand out in the entrance area and when the tailgate is open, providing a reminder of the car’s high-tech character.

The front double-wishbone suspension gives the iX precise steering characteristics and excellent ride comfort. This design principle separates the wheel guidance and shock absorber functions, ensuring optimum road contact over the suspension’s full range of travel. As a result, high levels of lateral acceleration can be achieved without compromising ride comfort. The rigid connection of the aluminum front axle subframe to the body factors into the steering’s direct response feel. An aluminum shear panel combines with the high-voltage battery module to further increase front end rigidity. Aluminum is also used for the suspension strut forks, swivel bearings and control arms, resulting in further weight savings. The elastic bearing in the front axle subframe for the front electric motor ensures optimum acoustic isolation from the body.

The rear suspension is of a five-link design. The rear control arms and rear axle subframe are made from aluminum. The rear motor has an elastic mounting inside the axle subframe that offers effective acoustic isolation. By bolting the spring struts to the bottom of the camber arms, the axle’s overall height is reduced, thereby improving both the through-loading width and the luggage capacity of the BMW iX.

Lift-Related Shock Absorbers

BMW iX includes front and rear anti‑roll bars as well as a lift-related damping system that plays a major part in achieving the balance between sport and comfort. Extra hydraulic damping is incorporated into the shock, which adjusts the firmness progressively according to the changing suspension travel. This prevents excessive body dive when driving over large bumps, while low damping forces around the middle damping position ensure a high level of comfort when travelling over minor road imperfections.

The first line of defence against body vibrations is the conventional piston and base valve. Only with greater degree of suspension lift will a second piston drop down into the inner sleeve of the shock to generate an additional damping effect. The lift-related extra damping is provided on rebound at the front suspension and during compression at the rear.

The spring struts feature a triple-path strut mount, where the suspension spring and auxiliary spring are connected directly to the body, while the rubber mount only must absorb the damping forces, allowing the elastokinematics to be tuned independently of vehicle load.

Optional Two-Axle Air Suspension

The BMW iX is available with an optional adaptive suspension including electronically controlled shocks and two-axle air suspension with automatic self-levelling. A range of shock settings and ride heights can be selected to shift the emphasis of the driving experience further towards either comfort or sport.

The front and rear shocks are controlled individually for each wheel. This increases agility and body stability when cornering at speed, while also enhancing ride comfort. Damping force is adapted by means of continuously adjustable valves, which are controlled to adjust force as in just a few milliseconds after factoring in longitudinal and lateral acceleration, vehicle speed, steering angle, body acceleration and wheel acceleration at the front axle. There is a choice of two shock control settings - for sporty driving or a more comfortable ride respectively.

The adaptive two-axle air suspension keeps the BMW iX at the optimum ride height at all speeds, regardless of the load. The suspension’s air supply is controlled individually for each wheel, making it possible to balance out an unevenly loaded car. The height of the body can be adjusted manually using a button on the center console. In the default setting, the car’s body automatically drops by 0.4-inches when the vehicle speed exceeds 87 mph, improving not just high-speed directional stability, but aerodynamic properties and therefore range. The body can also be raised by 0.8-inches for extra ground clearance. Selecting SPORT mode lowers the body by 0.4-inches throughout the entire speed range.

Servotronic and Integral Active Steering

The BMW iX comes standard with Servotronic speed-sensitive power assistance with a variable rack ratio. Making its debut in the BMW iX, the new steering gear ensures exceptional directional stability for straight-line driving at high speeds together with excellent precision and feedback when cornering. Steering comfort when parking and maneuvering at low speeds is also improved.

The optional Integral Active Steering adds rear-wheel steering and gives the BMW iX excellent straight-line stability and agility, while also enhancing lane change maneuvers. Turning the rear wheels in either the same or the opposite direction to the front wheels, depending on vehicle speed, makes the car nimbler when driving in urban traffic or cornering, while also allowing lane changes to be performed more comfortably at moderate to high speeds. It also gives the BMW iX noticeably superior low-speed maneuverability when entering and exiting parking spaces.

Electric All-Wheel Drive, DSC and Near-Actuator Wheel Slip Limitation

The intelligent electric all-wheel-drive system in the BMW iX is fully variable and can split torque as needed from highly efficient pure rear-wheel drive to an all-wheel-drive set-up for maximum traction.

The BMW iX comes equipped with near-actuator wheel slip limitation technology developed specifically for electric models. This enables the vehicle to maximize straight line accelerate even on slippery surfaces, thanks to extremely quick and precise control responses. Specially designed for the instantaneous power delivery of electric motors, this traction control system is integrated into the motor management. This eliminates the long signal paths to the control unit for the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), meaning that the corrective inputs at both the front and rear wheels are applied much faster and more precisely, with coordination between front and rear wheels.

While the motor management’s integrated near-actuator wheel slip limitation function mainly reduces the loss of traction accelerating, the DSC system is responsible for optimizing directional stability in dynamic situations by selectively applying the brakes at individual wheels. Its primary functions include the Anti-lock Braking System, traction control system and electronic stability control. SPORT mode can be configured to allow a higher degree of wheel slip, helping the driver to explore the BMW iX’s performance limits.

Further DSC functions that enhance handling stability and agility in the iX include Performance Control, Brake Standby, Brake Assist, fading compensation and Dry Braking.

Integrated Braking System

The BMW iX’s integrated braking system delivers outstanding stopping power and linear pedal feel. Thanks to this cutting-edge technology, the brake activation, brake booster and braking control functions are brought together within one compact module. The required brake pressure is triggered using an electric actuator, an operating principle that generates pressure more dynamically and ensures significantly faster and more precise interventions from the driving stability control system. The integrated braking system generates stopping power adjusted precisely to the driver’s inputs, while producing consistent pedal feel unimpaired by any annoying pulsing as a result of wet road surfaces, significant lateral acceleration or high brake temperatures.

Unwanted pedal feedback is eliminated when energy recuperation is being used to slow the car. Balancing the effects of recuperation and friction braking to suit the situation enables drivers to determine how Brake Energy Regeneration is applied. They have a choice of recuperation when the accelerator is released (one-pedal feeling in driving position B) or using the coasting function with purely adaptive recuperation of brake energy or a combination of the two (in driving position D). Each of these settings exploits the full efficiency potential of Brake Energy Regeneration.

Aerodynamically Optimized Light-Alloy Wheels and Noise-Reducing Tires

The BMW iX is equipped with standard 20-inch aerodynamically optimized light-alloy wheels. 21-inch and 22-inch Air Performance wheels are optional. These unique optional wheels include an aluminum base wheel with customized inserts between the spokes that give them a flat design resulting in smoother airflow and a weight reduction of approximately 15 percent over conventional light-alloy wheels.

The optional Ait Performance light-alloy wheels are fitted with new innovative tires specially designed for the BMW iX and which feature integral noise reduction. A layer of foam on the tire’s inner surface absorbs the noise produced by vibrations within the tire’s cavity, which is filled with air causing it to act as a resonator. This leads to a substantial reduction in the level of tire noise transmitted to the BMW iX’s cabin.

A more advanced version of BMW’s Tire Pressure Monitor can be found in the BMW iX. The system’s sensors relay data on tire pressure and temperature from each individual wheel, which is then processed to generate corresponding readouts in the control display. The Tire Pressure Monitor factors in specific data on the equipped tires, including manufacturer, dimensions and production date, which can be scanned from a QR code at the factory or service partner. Exclusive to BMW, this system simplifies use of the tire pressure indicator in the iDrive menu. In the menu item for tire selection, the driver has only to indicate whether the vehicle is partially or fully loaded to view information on both the ideal and current tire pressures and decide whether there is any need to adjust them.

A digital tire diagnosis function helps advise the owner of tire wear by processing the data from the Tire Pressure Monitor in the BMW backend together with the pressure, temperature and wheel speed readings to forecast the remaining tire life. Customers can be notified via the My BMW App, for example, if action needs to be taken.

5th Generation eDrive Technology

The 5th generation of BMW eDrive technology is built around a drive unit which brings together the electric motor, power electronics and transmission as a highly integrated package within a single housing. This design approach enables a power density around 30 per cent greater than earlier electric drive systems could offer.

The latest electric motors developed in-house by the BMW Group have an efficiency factor of 93 percent, compared to less than 40 percent efficiency found in current combustion engines.

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 the use of rare earths (required for magnetic components) to be avoided altogether.

The drive power produced by the motors is channelled via a single-speed transmission – installed in the same housing – to the front and rear wheels along the shortest possible path. The centrally controlled electric all-wheel drive links up with the chassis control systems to enable extremely rapid and precise metering of drive power according to the driving situation, the road conditions and the driver’s wishes.

Adaptive Recuperation of Energy

Adaptive and individually regulated recuperation of braking energy allows for an increase in BMW iX’s overall drive system efficiency. Intelligently connected drive management means the intensity of the brake energy recuperation can be adapted to the road situation, provided 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 can be increased, while at the same time feeding energy back into the high-voltage battery and increasing the deceleration effect. This targeted control of deceleration through energy recuperation helps to increase range.

A coasting function enhances comfort and efficiency by putting the iX into a “freewheeling” state with no drive power whenever the driver takes their foot off the accelerator. If the car draws a lot closer to a vehicle ahead while coasting, recuperation will be initiated immediately.

Adaptive recuperation is one of the standard settings activated when the driving position D is engaged. Alternatively, the driver can choose a high, medium or low Brake Energy Regeneration setting via the iDrive menu. In driving position D, the new BMW iX pulls away at minimal speed as soon as the brake pedal is released, increasing comfort in stop-and-go traffic. Activating driving position B with the selector lever generates the one-pedal feeling characteristic of the BMW Group’s electric vehicles by driving with the maximum degree of recuperation. In this case, recuperation remains active even when the vehicle comes to a stop, which also provides a hill hold assist function.

Graphics showing the driving status and energy flow can be called up in the BMW iDrive system’s Live Vehicle menu. When either the PERSONAL or EFFICIENT settings are selected with the My Modes button, the control display indicates whether the electric motors in the BMW iX are currently providing drive power, recuperating brake energy to feed it back into the high-voltage battery or have been de-energised (front axle) / switched to torque-neutral (rear axle) for coasting.

An Efficiency Trainer function is available in the Live Vehicle menu with EFFICIENT mode activated. Hints for driving in a smoother, more efficient manner – considering the current driving situation – appear in the instrument cluster, where they combine to create a total mobility experience. The graphics visualizing recommended techniques for accelerating or slowing down as efficiently as possible motivate drivers to collect bonus miles. The driver also receives verbal suggestions and tips for reducing electric power consumption and increasing range from the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.

The range horizon that can be brought up in the information display visualizes the extent to which the driver can alter the range of the BMW iX should they adopt a very dynamic or extremely economical driving style. This provides a clear illustration of how range changes depending on driving style. If route guidance is activated, the distance to the pre-programmed destination will be accompanied by additional information on the high-voltage battery’s anticipated charge level upon arrival. This provides the driver with a conclusive guide to the potential range spectrum and helps them plan the remainder of the journey accordingly.

High-Voltage Battery

A high-voltage battery with state-of-the-art battery cell technology is a key component of BMW’s 5th generation eDrive. The gravimetric energy density of the lithium-ion battery has been increased by around 20 percent over the previous-generation batteries. And the latest generation of the high-voltage battery displays excellent characteristics in charging and discharging, durability and safety.

The iX’s high-voltage batteries are mounted low in the vehicle floor in an aluminum housing which acts as an integral component of the body.

The latest advances made in the field of battery technology are the result of many years of relentless research and development work. The BMW Group has been producing modules and batteries for vehicles with electrified drive systems since 2013. The company can call on immense reserves of expertise and experience when it comes to both battery cell technology and the manufacture of model-specific high-voltage batteries. The BMW Group has carried out underlying research in the fields of cell chemistry and cell design, enabling it to give precise specifications – geared to the requirements of electrified vehicles – to external battery cell producers.

The prismatic battery cells supplied by these companies are used to produce battery modules at the assigned BMW Group production plant. An independently developed modular system enables these modules to be arranged flexibly and turned into model-specific high-voltage batteries. The BMW iX xDrive50 is fitted with a battery with a gross energy content of 111.5 kWh and a net energy content of 106.3 kWh

Integrated Heating and Cooling System with Heat Pump Function and Anticipatory Thermal Management for the Battery

The BMW iX’s heating and cooling system is made up of three cooling/heating circuits that can be interconnected by means of electric valves with a shared expansion tank. While driving in low outside temperatures, for example, the excess heat generated by the drive units is used to warm up the high-voltage battery. A two-level cooling module, a refrigerant compressor, two evaporators, a water-cooled condenser and a high-performance control unit together ensure optimum temperature control for both the BMW eDrive components and the vehicle interior in any operating state and in all regular weather conditions.

The latest version of the heat pump achieves a high efficiency factor by making use of ambient heat and heat from dehumidification – as well as the waste heat from the motors – for energy-efficient operation. The integrated heating and cooling system also insures optimal temperature control for the high-voltage battery in highly dynamic driving situations with high power requirements and during fast-charging from a DC charging station. If the navigation system’s route guidance function is active and has scheduled a stop at a fast-charging station, anticipatory thermal management will automatically pre-condition the battery beforehand. Warming up the high-voltage battery or cooling it down as appropriate means it will be at the optimum temperature for quick and efficient charging at maximum capacity upon arrival at the charging station. Thermal management takes several factors into account here, including current battery temperature, remaining range, the predicted charging rate and the amount of charging planned as part of the overall route calculation.

Combined Charging Unit for Charging at up to 195 kW

Alongside the electric motors and high-voltage batteries, new charging technology is also part of the 5th generation BMW eDrive. The Combined Charging Unit (CCU) in the BMW iX enables an extremely high level of flexibility when charging. The CCU brings together the functions of the voltage transformer, charging electronics and power distribution, plus the management systems for the drive, high-voltage and charging functions of the drive units, into a single package. Hooking up the high-voltage battery to a Level 2 Wallbox allows it to be topped up with AC at a charging rate of up to 11 kW. Using a Level 2 charger, the BMW iX xDrive50 can recharge its battery from 0 to 100 percent in under eleven hours.

The BMW iX xDrive50 can also charge its high-voltage battery at up to 195 kW using a DC fast charger. Plugging the BMW iX xDrive50 into a fast-charging station with 10 percent charge for example, enables its range to be increased by up to 90 miles in just ten minutes at 195 kW. Using the same fast charger, it would take less than 40 minutes to increase the high-voltage battery’s state of charge from 10 to 80 percent.

Charging with EVgo

Recognizing the critical importance of public charging infrastructure to EV drivers, BMW has partnered with EVgo, the nation’s largest public fast charging network and the first in the US to be powered by 100% renewable energy. BMW Charging Powered by EVgo provides BMW EV and PHEV drivers with access to EVgo and partner charging network stations via an easy to use mobile app, underscoring BMW’s commitment to a high performance and zero emissions driving experience. BMW Charging Powered by EVgo enables BMW drivers to see real-time status of chargers, initiate a session, check their account status, and more all within the BMW Charging Powered by EVgo mobile app.

EVgo and BMW previously partnered on the ChargeNow DC Fast Program and are building on their shared history to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. EVgo’s public fast charging network offers the convenience of charging at more than 800 fast charging locations at retail and grocery stores, shopping malls, entertainment centers and other sites ideal for quick, 20-30 minute errands. Plus, for drivers who will be parked for a few hours, EVgo’s relationships with partner networks will provide access to more than 38,000 L2 chargers for drivers, expanding the variety of charging options. With the new BMW Charging Powered by EVgo partnership, buyers and lessees of qualifying fully electric BMW models will receive $100 in EVgo charging credit that can be used at EVgo and partner network stations across all 50 states.

Optimized Body Aerodynamics: Drag Coefficient (Cd) of just 0.25.

Optimizing the aerodynamic properties of the BMW iX have had a direct and positive impact on both its performance and range. The low aerodynamic drag can be attributed to the streamlined body, the tapered glasshouse, flush-fitting door handles, extremely slender exterior mirrors and precisely crafted aero edges, all which combine to produce a very low drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.25.

Functional aerodynamics elements include third-generation active air-flap control at the front, which directs cooling air to the drive units and brake system when required. In normal driving situations, both the BMW kidney grille and the air intakes at the bottom of the front bumper are completely blocked off. This default setting allows the air to flow around the vehicle unhindered, thereby significantly reducing aerodynamic drag. Opening of the electronically controlled air flaps is done automatically when maximum cooling air is required or during operation of the heat pump for the automatic climate control. The flaps are adjusted gradually, allowing cooling air to be directed efficiently to the brake air ducts and drive components in carefully metered quantities.

Another drag-reducing feature is the sealing of the underbody. Spanning the largest area between the front and rear axle is the smooth aluminum high-voltage battery housing, located low down in the vehicle floor. At the front, aero elements direct the oncoming air past the wheels to prevent adverse turbulence. And airflow along the rear is smoothed by the large rear axle cover and the rear apron’s diffuser. All of these measures lead to the most aerodynamic BMW SAV to date.

BMW iDrive 8

The new BMW iDrive 8 is an instrumental component of the user experience on board the BMW iX xDrive50. The most recent incarnation of the display and operating system takes the interaction between driver and vehicle further into the digital future. The new BMW iDrive 8, a new generation of displays, controls and software, plus extremely powerful connectivity and data processing allow BMW iX to serve as an intelligent and proactive partner for the driver and passengers. The new BMW iDrive 8 was designed with a focus on dialogue-based interaction using natural language and on touch operation. Consequently, new available features include the expanded capabilities of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, which uses new graphics to communicate with the vehicle’s occupants, and the BMW Curved Display – the all-new fully digital display grouping in the BMW iX formed by the information display and control display and angled around the driver.

Connected Navigation, Parking and Charging with BMW Maps

The cloud-based navigation system, BMW Maps, enables routes to be calculated significantly faster and more dynamically than ever before. To accomplish this, BMW Maps combines real-time information with forecasting models that predict the traffic situation along the rest of the route. This allows arrival times to be calculated with an excellent level of accuracy – by both automotive and smartphone standards. The data pool for these calculations is provided by the HERE map, supplemented by knowledge gathered through the swarm intelligence of the BMW Group’s connected fleet (more than 14 million vehicles worldwide). The map data is updated over the air at regular intervals. Machine learning algorithms are also employed for data processing in the BMW Cloud.

With the arrival of the new BMW iDrive 8 in the BMW iX xDrive50, the digital services for navigation, parking and charging are fully integrated into the cloud-based BMW Maps system in a user-friendly way. The calculated traffic situation is now updated at one-minute intervals for example. Entering the destination in the vehicle is easier and faster, too. The one-box search facility allows addresses to be entered in a search box, just like with an online search engine. And over 120 million points of interest worldwide can be located the same way. The stored information is updated several times a week to ensure that BMW Maps is always up to the minute. The My BMW App can be used to transfer destinations from a smartphone straight to the car. The BMW Cloud also contains additional contextual information on points of interest, such as ratings, opening times and images, as well as detailed information on public charging stations.

One of the key new and intelligent functions is “Learning Navigation”, where BMW Maps uses the habits associated with the individual BMW ID as the basis for learning and anticipating the destination the driver is likely to head for. This saves drivers the trouble of entering the destination again for regular journeys, especially the daily commute to work, when they still wish to be alerted to delays or hazards along their route. Information on the current traffic situation for the trip ahead and the estimated driving time are sent to the My BMW App prior to departure. An individually configurable Traffic Widget in the car shows the predicted destination with the accompanying traffic information. Once the suggested destination has been selected, route guidance can be activated with a quick tap of the finger if, for instance, the system proposes an alternative route due to high traffic levels.

Improvements have also been made in terms of the help provided by BMW Maps when searching for a parking space. For roadside parking, a parking search route is calculated based on a probability analysis. This guides the driver to their destination along a route offering a very good chance of finding a free space. BMW Maps is additionally able to suggest parking spaces with charging facilities, a real boon for electric vehicles.

Connected Charging: Easy Charging Thanks to Intelligent Connectivity

Digital services from Connected Charging are designed to make sure that charging on the road can be completed easily and conveniently with the BMW iX xDrive50. During the journey, the BMW Maps navigation system shows public charging stations along the route or in the vicinity of the destination. Color coding is used to indicate charging station availability directly in the listing, together with further details such as the charging capacity offered and information on the operator and possible payment methods. When searching for charging stations, a filter can be added to show fast-charging stations only.

Charging stops can be factored into route planning in the My BMW App thanks to Connected Charging. The system calculates the optimum charging strategy and suggests the quickest overall route. This exact and detailed route planning provides an accurate estimation of the arrival time with included charging. When the driver selects a public charging station, the navigation system will also show them suggestions for restaurants, cafés, attractions or cultural venues in the area to allow them to make the most of the time while their car is charging.

The Remote Services in the My BMW App can be used to remotely control both the charging process and pre-conditioning of the BMW iX xDrive50. In this way, the driver can program when vehicle charging and pre-conditioning of the interior and battery should start taking into account the amount of energy required and the planned departure time. The driver will receive a push notification once the target charge level has been reached or if there are any irregularities during charging. Similarly, information on charging status, range and other details can be viewed in the My BMW App on a smartphone as well as in the vehicle. The My BMW App also contains a transparent evaluation of all charging cycles performed either at home or on the go. In addition to this, the app can be used to start or stop charging remotely and to define a maximum charge level in order to conserve the battery, for instance.

My Modes for an All-Encompassing Driving Experience

The new My Modes use an interplay of various functions to create special experiences during the journey. Based on a combination of vehicle and interior ambience settings tailored to the moment, they can be selected easily by voice command, by touch from the My Modes menu in the control display or by using a dedicated button on the center console. This button replaces the Driving Experience Control switch in the BMW iX xDrive50 and offers an extended range of functions.

There is a choice of three modes in the BMW iX: PERSONAL, SPORT and EFFICIENT. They each activate specific settings for the drive system and chassis, the display styles, the ambient lighting’s color scheme, the drive unit’s interior soundtrack and the seat backrest width. EFFICIENT mode is focused on sustainable driving. Here, changes to the accelerator response and tips shown in the information display help the driver to operate the BMW iX xDrive50 using as little electric power as possible. The driver is also supported by the intelligent Efficiency Trainer, and the interior ambience is made as calm as possible: a blue shade sets the tone for the lighting mood and the drive sound becomes quieter. In SPORT mode, the focus switches to generating a pulse-quickening driving mood. This is aided by the more direct settings for accelerator and steering response and a chassis set-up geared to sporty driving, while the drive unit’s soundtrack with its distinct acoustic feedback, snug-fitting backrests with optional multi-contour seats, pared-back displays and interior lighting in Thrilling Orange all add to the effect. PERSONAL mode allows customers to create their own individual My Mode. The vehicle characteristics are set to a balanced configuration. The customer can choose various lighting and color settings and display layouts, and also select other settings to create their personal ideal driving experience.

Great Entrance Moments

“Great Entrance Moments” is the name given to the user experience from the point when the driver first approaches the BMW iX xDrive50 until the journey begins. All steps are orchestrated by the vehicle and blended into one welcoming experience. Ultra‑wideband (UWB) radio technology allows precise triangulation between the vehicle and the key or smartphone, meaning that the car knows the direction the driver is approaching from and how far away they are.

Once the distance drops below ten feet, the vehicle prepares and carries out a choreographed sequence. It begins with an orchestrated lighting effect using the exterior and interior lights, then proceeds to activate the light carpet, illuminate the door handles and automatically unlock itself. The car then activates the entry assistance features along with the steering wheel and surface heating, plays a start-up animation on the BMW Curved Display, loads the BMW ID settings and establishes a connection with the smartphone, before finishing with a customized welcome window showing a personal greeting as well as handy suggestions and information.

Remote Software Upgrades

Since the introduction of BMW iDrive 7 in 2018, BMW drivers have been able to keep their vehicle up to date with the latest software by means of the Remote Software Upgrade. The BMW Group is one of the leading manufacturers in the field of over‑the-air upgrades – over 1 million cars upgraded in 2021 for example. The new BMW iDrive 8 further enhances the options for updating the in-car software and expanding its functions. New and improved functions can be imported quickly and easily over the air, either using the car’s built-in SIM card or via the My BMW App. Installation is subsequently launched by the customer and seldom takes longer than 20 minutes. Updated software is installed free of charge.

When a new Remote Software Upgrade is available, drivers will receive a notification together with accompanying information in the vehicle, on their smartphone in the My BMW App and, in future, from the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant too by means of a special widget on the control display. In the BMW iX xDrive50, Remote Software Upgrade will now also offer the possibility of performing extremely complex and large software updates in areas such as driver assistance and partial automation, while additionally enabling drivers to schedule the installation process. For this, the vehicle must first be securely parked in accordance with the instructions. Installation can then be carried out automatically at a pre-set time – meaning it can be done overnight as well.

Precision Navigation and Additional Information with Augmented Reality Video

The new Augmented Reality Video function available to supplement the BMW Maps navigation system’s map view enables the driver to find their way with greater ease and accuracy. A live video stream from the driver’s perspective is shown on the control display and is augmented by additional helpful information. When dealing with confusing turns, for instance, an animated directional arrow is integrated into the video image to help the driver take the best turn‑off for the planned route. Depending on the situation at hand, the Augmented Reality Video view is activated prior to the maneuver to be performed and disappears again afterwards.

Using graphics to enhance reality opens new ways of ensuring drivers enjoy a safe and relaxed journey to their destination. As well as superimposing arrows, points of interest (POI) of relevance to the driver can also be highlighted in the live video stream. Tapping the indicated POIs brings up further information about them, such as user ratings, opening times or images.

The ability to show both a section of the map and the live video stream augmented with additional information in the control display’s split-screen view is unique in this segment. Using Augmented Reality Video to help drivers search for a parking spot is another available feature.

Snapshots: A Glance Inside the Vehicle and Theft Protection with new Interior Camera

Making its debut in this form in the BMW iX xDrive50, the overhead interior camera can be used by the occupants to take snapshots during the journey, allowing them to capture special moments and share them with friends and family. Pictures can be taken by voice command, gesture or touch control, and there is also the option of a self-timer (three second delay). The camera system can even be set to only take a photo when at least one of the occupants is smiling. The camera operates in HDR mode, while the night mode produces sharp black-and-white images even at night or in low light conditions. Pictures can be shared by simply scanning a QR code in the control display with any smartphone connected to the car via WiFi.

Customers can send pictures from the interior camera to their smartphone using the My BMW App’s remote function if they wish to take a glance inside the car to check whether bags or other items have been left there, for example. The interior camera is also activated when the new Remote Theft Recorder – coming in the future for the BMW iX – is triggered. This system relays a message to the customer’s smartphone when the vehicle’s anti-theft alarm system is set off. The customer is then able to access and save the pictures from both the interior camera and the cameras at the front and rear of the vehicle and on its exterior mirrors.

Careful attention was paid to privacy and security from the outset in the development of all the interior camera functions. Customers always have complete transparency and control over the functions. When the interior camera function is opened for the first time, a data privacy disclaimer containing all the relevant information flashes up in the display prior to activation. This disclaimer must be accepted before pictures can be taken, and these are subsequently only stored locally in the vehicle. Images are only transmitted if they are requested by the customer via the My BMW App. This is done directly using end-to-end encryption; no pictures are stored on BMW servers. Customers have the option of deactivating the camera’s picture-taking function again at any time.

5G Connectivity and Personal eSIM

The BMW iX xDrive50 is the first BMW to feature available 5G support. As well as the built-in SIM card, it is the first BMW model to offer the eSIM technology that has been featured mainly on smart devices such as tablets and smartwatches. The Personal eSIM essentially turns the car into another digital and connected device in the customer’s ecosystem. Both SIM cards are fully geared to the new 5G mobile technology and have DSDA (Dual SIM Dual Active) capability. Mobile reception is significantly improved by the vehicle’s own 5G antenna system.

The Personal eSIM allows the customer - with compatible mobile service provider - to use their mobile contract’s SMS, call and data allowances from their car with ease – even in situations where they don’t have their smartphone with them. Users can extend an existing mobile contract by activating the Personal eSIM via one of the available network operators. What’s more, the Personal eSIM isn’t linked to just one car, but the user’s BMW ID – meaning it can be transferred to other BMW vehicles with Personal eSIM functionality. The eSIM is configured automatically when users sign in with their BMW ID, after which it is available immediately.

When connected to the 5G network, customers benefit from the low latency and high bandwidth of up to two SIM cards, depending on the quality of the signal. As a result, data is exchanged between the BMW Cloud and vehicle faster and Remote Software Upgrades can be downloaded to the car in a fraction of the normal time required. An in-car WiFi hotspot directly linked to the Personal eSIM is also enabled, dispensing with the need for an additional contract when setting up a hotspot. As many as ten devices can be connected to the vehicle’s WiFi hotspot simultaneously, providing them with high-speed internet access that allows functions such as video streaming in full HD quality.

The ability to activate the Personal eSIM is being gradually expanded in collaboration with mobile providers and network operators and depends on the individual parameters in each country. Customers in the USA should be able to activate the Personal eSIM via participating network providers.

BMW Digital Key Plus with Ultra-Wideband Radio Technology

BMW is a pioneering partner in the use of smartphones as digital vehicle keys and plays a leading role in devising industry-wide standards. It has worked relentlessly on the further development of the BMW Digital Key since it was first introduced and is now offering a new generation of this convenient and secure means of unlocking and starting the vehicle without the user even having to take their Apple iPhone out of their pocket.

The BMW Digital Key Plus, set to make its debut with the BMW iX xDrive50, employs ultra-wideband (UWB) technology already integrated into the vehicle and the iPhone’s U1 chip. As customers approach the BMW iX xDrive50, they are welcomed by a staged lighting effect using the exterior lights, and the vehicle unlocks just before they reach the door. Once they have got in, the Apple iPhone can be simply left in the user’s pocket or placed in the smartphone tray for wireless charging; nothing else is required to start the vehicle.

UWB is a digital radio technology for short-range high-bandwidth applications that offers exceptionally precise location identification combined with maximum security. It has the additional benefit of ruling out the possibility of relay attacks, where the radio signal is disrupted or intercepted.

Apple and the BMW Group have been working closely together with the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) to develop the Digital Key Release 3.0 specification for UWB, which will serve as a global standard for both the automotive industry and smartphone manufacturers. The iPhone’s iMessage service can be used to share a Digital Key with up to five other vehicle users. The Digital Key Plus function is expected to be available from the end of 2021.

Personalization Using the BMW ID

When interacting with the new BMW iDrive 8, BMW iX xDrive50 customers benefit from increasing personalization of the user experience based on their BMW ID. This is used for securely storing even more personalized settings and transferring them between vehicles. A PIN code can be created, or the BMW ID associated with a particular key to prevent other vehicle users from accessing personal data. When signing into a vehicle for the first time, simply scanning a QR code is all it takes to create a new BMW ID on a smartphone. If the user has the My BMW App and is therefore already in possession of a BMW ID, this will be automatically imported into the car via the app when the QR code is scanned.

The BMW ID can be created and activated effortlessly and securely in vehicles with BMW iDrive 8 or BMW iDrive 7. Once the BMW ID has been imported, the driver will receive a personal greeting which will include the customized profile image the driver can create in the My BMW App. At the same time, personal settings for seat and steering wheel position, exterior mirrors, navigation system, driver assistance functions, display layouts, shortcuts and favorites as well as infotainment system settings will be imported automatically. Personalized suggestions from the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant are stored in the BMW ID, together with individually selected wake words and privacy settings. Once the BMW ID has been activated with the associated key or by selecting the BMW ID in the vehicle, the personal settings are instantly adopted. The customer can elect to save these personal settings to the BMW Cloud, thereby allowing them to be imported into other appropriately equipped BMW vehicles once the user has logged in.

If the vehicle is made available to another user, all personal data and settings will be protected by switching to a guest account where this information can be neither viewed nor modified. And if the vehicle is briefly given to a stranger in order to park it, for example, activating Valet Mode temporarily disables access to both personal data – such as vehicle, infotainment and control functions – and the luggage compartment.

Smartphone and Third-Party Integration

Integrating Apple CarPlay® more into the BMW iDrive environment enables customers to use a great number of functions from their car in the same way they do on their smartphone. One notable new feature when using Apple CarPlay is that the Apple Maps navigation map is shown not just on the control display but also on the information display in the BMW Curved Display. The corresponding navigation instructions also appear in the BMW Head-Up Display when route guidance is active. A special function for all-electric vehicles will be added to Apple Maps in 2022: if the distance to the destination is greater than the current range, Apple Maps will automatically plan a charging stop and modify the route accordingly.

Google Android AutoTM offers customers access to a wealth of smartphone functions and content while driving. Wirelessly connecting an Android smartphone (with Android 10 or higher) to the BMW iX xDrive 8 will be quicker and easier than ever. Assuming Bluetooth is activated on the device, a prompt to connect to the car will be displayed automatically when the user gets in. Following confirmation, the device will be connected in just one step so that it is instantly ready for Bluetooth phone calls or Android Auto. Deep integration into BMW iDrive 8 will allow Android Auto content to be shown in multiple display areas, too. If Google Maps navigation is active, the map will appear in the information display as well as the control display, while navigation instructions can also be viewed in the Head-Up Display.

Advanced Driver Assistance System Sensors

The BMW iX is the BMW Group’s first model to feature driver assistance systems from a new technology toolkit. The new technology toolkit gives the vehicle outstanding intelligence when it comes to monitoring its surroundings and transferring and processing data. For example, the tech is designed to be able to process 20 times more data than existing models. This means many times more sensor data can be processed.

The BMW iX xDrive50 is equipped with a wide range of assistance functions which make driving and parking safer and easier. Drivers of vehicles both in standard specification and featuring the optional Driving Assistant Professional and Parking Assistant Plus will be offered extended, optimized and new functions during their ownership of the vehicle that are designed to provide them with the best possible assistance with the task of driving. Noticeable improvements carried out in how the various functions work provide considerable added value for customers.

The new BMW iDrive 8 makes the driver assistance functions more user-friendly. Controls have been reduced to the essentials, ensuring that the driver can activate the optimal degree of assistance quickly. The focus is on overall, intelligent automation, simplification of system status and intuitive operation. This simplification can be seen in the reduced number of buttons on the multifunction steering wheel, for example.

The exceptional intelligence of the BMW iX is the product of an all-new software stack, coupled with the latest generation of sensors and an extremely powerful computing platform for evaluating and processing data collected about the vehicle’s surroundings. The reach and quality of the system of sensors are class-leading: high ranges and recognition rates for pedestrians, other vehicles, traffic signs and other nearby objects are achieved with the 8 MPix front camera making its worldwide automotive debut here. Another global first for a vehicle is a front-mounted radar system, which uses its array of aerials to offer maximum ranges of up to 300 yards and achieve a vertical resolution in several levels for the first time. In total, five cameras, five radar sensors and 12 ultrasonic sensors team up to map the vehicle’s surroundings, the data they gather providing the basis for the BMW environment model on the computing platform.

If the customer has given their consent, the data collected by sensors in extremely challenging driving situations is evaluated using artificial intelligence via the cloud in the BMW backend and utilized to constantly improve the assistance systems. These improvements are always considered in the context of worldwide system certification (homologation) and do not violate product conformity at any time. They can then be installed across the vehicle fleet over the air.

When creating the systems of sensors for its vehicles, the BMW Group focuses on creating a combination of different technologies, whose specific abilities and strengths complement each other to create a precise picture of the vehicle’s surroundings. For example, the data collected by radar sensors on vehicles or other road users ahead of the car is constantly matched against the images supplied by the front cameras. The helps the road situation at hand to be assessed in as much detail as possible and enables the relevant driver assistance functions to respond as required.

The key new features in terms of design include the camera and radar sensor systems fitted out of sight within the BMW kidney grille. The front-mounted radar is integrated seamlessly into the grille. In order to guarantee the greatest possible precision when using the radar sensor, a nanoscale vacuum-based coating process is employed in its manufacture. Here, the two color finish and visible 3D effect are produced by vaporization using laser technology and by a plasma-fired application technique in a high vacuum. The laser-based method developed specially for production of the kidney grille on the iX xDrive50, together with a precisely defined combination of material and layer thickness, optimize radar performance and ensure an appearance as classy as it is familiar.

An additional polyurethane coating reduces the kidney grille’s susceptibility to damage. The self-healing effect of its surface repairs minor scratches, for example – within 24 hours at room temperature or through a five-minute supply of warm air. The BMW kidney grille of the iX is also an essential component of the highly developed automated driving and parking systems. The camera positioned in the center of the grille – like the camera integrated into the BMW badge at the rear – has its own cleaning system. Up to two other cameras are positioned near the rear-view mirror on the windscreen. The exterior mirrors on the driver’s side and front passenger side each also have a camera. Like the cameras, the ultrasonic and radar sensors of the BMW iX also provide a complete all-round view. Six ultrasonic sensors are in each of the front and rear bumpers. Radar sensors are positioned on either side of the car at both the front and rear.

Advanced Driver Assistance System Functions

The BMW iX xDrive comes with an extensive suite of assistance systems designed to enhance both comfort and safety. The standard front collision warning system can slow the car to a standstill in order to avoid an impact or mitigate its consequences. It is active in situations such as approaching a vehicle in front and in response to oncoming traffic, and interacts with other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.

Cross-traffic alert with braking helps to minimize the danger of a collision with crossing traffic when entering an intersection with restricted visibility. The Evasion Assistant helps to avoid collisions with vehicles or pedestrians that appear suddenly. As soon as an evasive maneuver corresponding to such a scenario is detected, the system helps the driver direct the vehicle into a clear adjacent lane with steering inputs.

Speed Limit Info including pre-warning allows the driver to set a maximum speed and guards against acceleration beyond that point. When driving with Cruise Control activated and a speed restriction is detected by the front-mounted camera, the Speed Limit Assist function enables the driver to adopt that speed as their desired figure at the touch of a button or automatically.

Lane Departure Warning registers road markings and alerts the driver to the danger of an unintended deviation from their current course using the steering wheel vibrations. The system also prompts the driver to guide their vehicle back into the correct lane by initiating a steering impulse.

The functions grouped together in the standard Driving Assistant also noticeably improve safety in the BMW iX xDrive50. Blind Spot Detection reduces the risk of a collision when pulling out into the adjacent lane with the turn indicator activated. This system initiates a visual signal in the exterior mirror and a steering wheel vibration to alert the driver to the presence of a vehicle to their side in the adjacent lane or approaching from the rear. At speeds of at least 40 mph, the system also prompts the driver to steer the BMW iX back into their original lane by initiating a steering impulse. In the BMW iX xDrive50, Blind Spot Detection includes a new function in turn-off situations. At a speed of up to 12 mph, the system warns the driver of a risk of collision in a turn-off maneuver signalled by activating a turn indicator.

The Driving Assistant also contains both rear collision warnings and rear crossing-traffic warnings, which works using side-mounted radar sensors and employs warning alerts and braking inputs to reduce the danger of a collision when reversing towards roads which are difficult to see into.

Another new feature is the exit warning function, which activates visible and acoustic signals when a vehicle or cyclist is approaching the BMW iX xDrive50 at speed and there is a risk of collision with the side of the vehicle. The driver or front passenger is warned about the danger by flashing LEDs in the mirror or the ambient lighting along the door. An acoustic warning is emitted and opening of the doors on the relevant side of the BMW iX delayed. This delay mechanism can be activated on all four doors – i.e. also the rear doors.

Optional Driving Assistant Professional

Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Lane Keeping Assistant – which focus on energy efficiency when EFFICIENT mode is selected – are combined in the optional Driving Assistant Professional. Distance to the vehicle in front can be selected by steering wheel-mounted control.

The latest version of Lane Keeping Assistant – making its debut on the BMW iX – can be used in more traffic situations than before. To provide its far-reaching functionality, the system factors in the data supplied by the front- and side-mounted cameras, the front-facing radar sensor and the four radar sensors facing out to the sides. Lane Keeping Assistant operates at speeds of up to 124 mph. It takes its cues from lane markings and vehicles driving ahead in order to help the driver keep the vehicle in the recognized lane with steering corrections. This also proves to be an effective aid in situations where the lane narrows.

A dedicated button on the steering wheel’s left-hand spoke ensures the systems are easy to operate. Pushing it once activates both the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Lane Keeping Assistant. Assisted View in the instrument cluster gives the driver an overview of the activated systems and their functionality. The central area of the cockpit display is reserved for a three-dimensional mock-up of the vehicle and its surroundings. Here, the driver can see an image of the cars, trucks and motorcycles detected by the camera and radar sensors in the driver’s current lane, along with those in any adjacent lanes. Vehicles within a critical distance are highlighted. Icons indicate situation-specific manoeuvres that can be carried out with the help of assistance systems. In this way, Assisted View offers the driver a convenient way of checking the status of the driver assistance systems and the relevant courses of action with a single glance at any time.

Parking Assistant, Rear View Camera and Parking Assistant Plus

BMW iX xDrive50 drivers benefit from helpful assistance when parking and maneuvering. The standard Park Distance Control (PDC) with sensors at the front and rear provides visual and acoustic alerts and automatic brake inputs to avoid collisions with obstacles to the sides and rear of the vehicle. Standard equipment also includes the Parking Assistant, which helps the driver to select and use parking spaces either parallel or perpendicular to the road. Suitable spaces are detected using ultrasonic sensors as the vehicle drives past. A new feature is the system’s ability to drive into perpendicular spaces forwards or in reverse. The latest version of the Parking Assistant can be used both to enter and exit spaces. As well as the necessary steering inputs, it now also carries out the acceleration, braking and gear changes required for the maneuver.

Standard equipment for the BMW iX xDrive50 also features a Rear View Camera with Panorama View and the Back-Up Assistant. The Back-Up Assistant offers the highly convenient option of automated reversing in confined spaces or situations where the driver does not have a clear view, such as multi-story garages or tight driveways. To do this, it stores the steering movements for any section the car has just driven forward along at no more than 22 mph. The system is then able to reverse the vehicle for distances of up to 50 yards by steering it along the same line it took when moving forward. All the driver must do is operate the accelerator and brake pedals and monitor the vehicle’s surroundings. The Back-Up Assistant can back the car up automatically at a maximum 5.5 mph.

Parking Assistant Plus with Remote 3D View and Remote Theft Recorder.

The functions contained in the optional Parking Assistant Plus provide an excellent overview of your surroundings in many different situations. Assistance, parking and panorama view including 3D View help to create a 360-degree image of the vehicle and its surroundings, which is shown from various angles in the control display. Meanwhile, the Remote 3D View function gives drivers the ability to call up a three-dimensional live image of their vehicle and its immediate vicinity on their smartphone.

At a future date, the Remote Theft Recorder will be made available for the BMW iX xDrive50. When activated, it will use use the new interior camera. If the vehicle is stolen, this system can send a message to the customer’s smartphone. The customer can then access and store the images from the interior camera and videos recorded by the cameras at the front and rear of the BMW iX and on its exterior mirrors.