BMW Bringing Color-Changing Body Panels To Vegas

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This isn't the only cool thing the carmaker will show at CES next month.

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in Las Vegas, has become a major event for automakers. Cars, computers, gadgets, and tech in general now go hand-in-hand. BMW is reportedly planning to have a major display at next month's show that'll go beyond the debut of the iX M60 EV.

According to Roadshow, the German automaker confirmed plans to unveil a new color-changing exterior technology. BMW says the new technology "changes the exterior color of a vehicle with the touch of a button." We don't know just yet if the panels will be bolted onto an actual vehicle (a new concept, perhaps?) or if they'll be shown separately.

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A second new system that'll reportedly be shown is "a cutting-edge in-car movie theater experience." That certainly sounds like a highly advanced audio and video entertainment system most likely for rear-seat passengers. We've reached out to BMW seeking confirmation of this report since no official press release exists at the moment.

As for the iX M60, it's expected to have the same 111.5-kWh battery pack and dual-motor arrangement found on the iX xDrive50 (pictured here) we drove back in September following the Munich Motor Show. That battery and electric motor combo produced a solid 516 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque.

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The M60 will definitely surpass both figures. It'll also boast unique wheel designs, M badging, and, perhaps, bigger brakes; the usual M-vehicle hallmarks. The iX xDrive50, which starts at a hefty $83,200, has an estimated 300-mile range on a single charge. Expect the M60's starting price to begin at no less than $100,000, and even that's being conservative. The iX xDrive50 will easily surpass the $100k mark once buyers check the options boxes.

We'll hopefully receive more details we can share with you before next month's show. In any case, BMW will definitely have a major presence, as will several other major OEMs.

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Source Credits: Roadshow

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