Looks like US customers will have more options to choose from when buying a BMW iX3.
We already know that BMW has ambitious plans to electrify its current model range. The i4 is expected to be a fully electric 4 Series Gran Coupe and BMW's answer to the Tesla Model 3, while the upcoming iX3 will be BMW's first fully-electric SUV that will rival the Mercedes EQC, Jaguar I-Pace, and Audi e-Tron.
The electric SUV has already been previewed by the Concept iX3 last year at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show, but there's still a lot we don't know about the production version that's currently in development. However, BMWBlog has revealed new details about the BMW iX3, including a unique option that will be available for the US version.
According to an insider, the iX3 will be based on the long-wheelbase X3 and will be offered in the US with a rear-wheel drive configuration for fun-loving enthusiasts. This variant is rumored to be called the sDrive75, with "75" denoting the kW capacity of its battery pack. Presumably, this will be offered alongside an all-wheel drive variant.
The iX3's electric motor is rumored to produce around 300 horsepower. Range details haven't been confirmed for the production model, but the concept could last 249 miles on a single charge, while the battery pack takes just 30 minutes to fully charge using a 150-kW fast-charging station. The US model is also expected to come with self-driving technology as standard, but it isn't known what level this will be. The automaker has previously confirmed the iNext SUV will be tested with Level 4 and Level 5 autonomy in 2021, but the iX3 is slated to launch next year.
Production of the BMW iX3 will take place in China and will be exported to global markets including the US. Recent spy photos have shown it will be distinguished from the combustion-powered X3 with a unique front fascia incorporating a restyled bumper and grille. Let's just hope the production version doesn't inherit the concept's ridiculous rat-toothed grille.