The new fully electric BMW iX3, which had its world premiere earlier this week, will launch in Australia this November.
Priced from $114,900 before on-road costs and sporting a range of up to 460 kilometres, the iX3 will join the likes of the Mercedes-Benz EQC, and the Jaguar I-Pace in the high-end EV market.
The vehicle features an 80kWh battery that if charged at a top rate of 150kW on a DC charger can top up the battery from 10-80% in 32 minutes, or 100km for every 10 minutes worth of charging. AC charging at a maximum charge rate of 11kW allows a full charge in 7.5 hours.
The BMW iX3 is supported by a comprehensive array of driver assistance systems fitted as standard, including the highly advanced Reversing Assistant.
Driving Assistant Professional, which comes as standard, includes Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function, Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection, Steering and Lane Control Assistant with active lane guidance, Crossing-traffic Warning for front and rear, Evasion Assistant, Crossroads Warning with city braking function and Speed Limit Assist.
The Parking Assistant Plus system integrates a range of features to aid in convenient and safe manoeuvring in tight and awkward spaces while also protecting the vehicle. The networked offering includes Park Assist, Active Park Distance Control, lateral parking aid, Reversing Assistant, Surround View system and Remote 3D View.
In addition, the iX3 is fitted with acoustic pedestrian protection. This system uses a virtual sound generator located on the vehicle exterior that emits a sound when driving at speeds of up to 30km/h to warn pedestrians and cyclists of the iX3’s presence.
Production of the new BMW iX3 will commence at the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture’s Shenyang facility in China in September 2021 with local deliveries to commence two months later. Pricing of the iX3 is set at $114,900 before on-road costs.