The BMW iX3 may look familiar to many and that’s because it is. Although heavily re-engineered, the iX3 is a fully electrified version of the extremely popular BMW X3 crossover. The internal combustion engine has been removed and in its place is an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack that could produce as much as 300 horsepower. Along with this heart transplant, BMW has also done some external plastic surgery by way of restyled front and rear fascias and new wheel designs.
Those who are concerned about range anxiety really shouldn’t be. The iX3 will supposedly have a range of up to 249 miles on a single charge. The battery pack itself will require only 30 minutes to fully charge when connected to a 150-kWh fast-charging unit. Because the iX3 represents a major step forward for the automaker, it will also come equipped with standard self-driving technology. Unlike the regular gasoline-powered X3, the iX3 won’t be built at the Spartanburg, South Carolina BMW manufacturing facility, but rather in China where it will be shipped to global markets.