Rivals like the Jaguar I-Pace don't even come close.
BMW is preparing for a rapid expansion of its electric vehicle lineup, a process that has already begun with the unveiling of the iX3, which will sadly be forbidden fruit in the US. Slotting in above the iX3 will be the iNext, now simply known as the iX, which will be a fully electric SUV that is similar in size to the BMW X5.
As an EV, it goes without saying that range is one of the most important factors in the purchasing decision, and BMW Blog has now reported that the best-performing iX will have a range of between 600-620 kilometers (373-385 miles). This is lower than the 435-mile range that was initially expected but is still superior to the Tesla Model X Long Range Plus, which has an EPA-rated range of 351 miles.
That being said, these figures for the iX are based on the WLTP cycle; EPA-rated figures are often not quite as optimistic, so the iX is likely to be closer to the Model X in reality.
Still, it's an indication that the iX, which is expected in the US late in 2021, should be able to go much further on a full charge than similar EVs like the 2020 Jaguar I-Pace, which has an EPA-estimated range of just 234 miles. The base iX will have a shorter range in the region of 250 miles, but this would still be better than Jaguar's effort.
In terms of output, the iX range will reportedly produce between 300 and 600 horsepower, with that latter figure being close to the output BMW achieves from its most powerful internal combustion engine. This high-performance derivative will make use of two electric motors.
Along with the iX, the German automaker is set to launch the BMW i4 which will directly take on the Tesla Model 3, along with the iX1, an electrified version of the X1. There will also be electric versions of the next-gen 5 and 7 Series sedans. It's all part of the brand's ambitious plan to sell over seven million fully electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles by the end of 2030.