BMW's configurator is live, and the options are less numerous than you may expect.
The BMW iX has been around since its reveal in November 2020, with the high-performance, 610-horsepower M60 variant following early this year. Unfortunately for Americans, getting official pricing and specifications has taken a long time, although a leaked order guide last month seemed to provide these details. As it turns out, that information was pretty accurate, as BMW has now launched its online configurator for both the entry-level xDrive50 model and the aforementioned M60 range-topper. As you'd expect, there's plenty of scope for personalization and a healthy, six-figure base asking price for the M60, but exactly what is on offer?
The xDrive50 model carries a base MSRP of $83,200, but we'd like to see just how expensive this new EV can get. Thus, we fiddled with the $105,100 M60 variant. Things are off to a great start in terms of color options, as non-metallic Alpine White is joined by metallic shades like Black Sapphire, Dark Graphite, Mineral White, Phytonic Blue, Blue Ridge Mountain, and Oxide Grey - all free options. Spend an extra $1,950 and you gain access to Storm Bay Metallic and Aventurin Red Metallic. The latter is more expressive in our opinion, so that's what we chose.
Next, a selection of 21- or 22-inch wheels are offered, but all of the larger offerings cost an additional $950. Beware - M Aero Bi-color Bronze wheels will require an additional package so that the bronze hue matches, but at least the BMW Individual Titanium Bronze Exterior Trim Package is only another 500 bucks.
Inside, three perforated Sensatec faux leather options are offered, each at no cost: Oyster, Mocha, and Black. Real leather is also available for an additional $3,500, with Amido and Castanea Chestnut your options. The latter may be a touch too vulgar, so Amido it is for us. Whatever you choose, Titanium Bronze is the only trim option - no carbon fiber or tetragonal mesh aluminum here. In terms of technology, the $1,900 Driving Assistance Professional Package is joined by the $1,150 Luxury Package. The former adds goodies like radar-based cruise control and a parking assistant, and the latter is highlighted by soft-close automatic doors and interior controls fashioned from glass and wood. Obviously, we ticked both boxes. With these, our build comes to a not-reprehensible $114,875, excluding $995 for destination and handling, for a grand total of $115,870 all in. Not bad, BMW, but not cheap either.