We got to just under six figures with ease.
There's a lot to love about the BMW iX despite its polarizing styling. The SUV's configurator recently went live, giving us a close look at what will be available to US-based customers. Only one model is available and it's called the iX xDrive50. It comes standard with dual electric motors, all-wheel drive, and a claimed range of 300 miles. The dual-motor setup produces 516 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque, enough to get it to 60 mph in a claimed 4.4 seconds. It's an excellent SUV, as we found out on a recent first drive.
The starting MSRP is $83,200, basically on par with the gas-powered X5 M50i, which has similar power outputs and performance figures. In essence, BMW now offers you the option of going old-school or fully electric at the same price.
The base car is already striking, with the Shadowline exterior being standard. It includes Shadowline exterior trim, 20-inch double-spoke alloys, and a panoramic eclipsing moonroof. For an additional $300, you can add BMW's Signature Blue exterior accents and blue seatbelts. Finally, BMW also offers a Sport exterior for $2,800. It includes everything you get with the Shadowline trim but adds 21-inch bi-color alloys, darkened taillights, and black bumpers front and rear.
Six no-cost color options are available for the modern but controversial exterior. These include Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic, Sophisto Grey, Mineral White Metallic, Phytonic Blue Metallic, and Blue Ridge Mountain Metallic. Storm Bay Metallic and Aventurin Red Metallic add $1,950 to the price. However, both these choices require the Sport package too. The iX looks particularly good in the Aventurin Red option, so we'd have that.
There are ten alloy wheel options measuring 20 to 22 inches wheels. The Bimmer also looks good in Alpine White with contrasting 21-inch black alloy wheels.
On the inside, it comes standard with three no-cost Sensatec (leatherette) options, including Perforated Oyster, Perforated Mocha, and Perforated Black. You can have a Stonegrey microfiber/wool cloth blend for $500. Perforated leather adds $2,450 to the price and is available in Amido and Castanea Chestnut. The leather might be a problem for people who want the ultimate environmentally friendly Bimmer. Still, since cows contribute so much to carbon emissions, we have no problem with BMW peeling a cow for a stunning interior. And besides, an $80k SUV deserves a quilted leather interior, so it's a definite yes from our side.
There are a few packages available. The Convenience Package retails for $2,300 and adds a head-up display with augmented reality, a system that makes different sounds for different driving modes, voice and gesture control, a parking assistant, a surround-view camera with 3D view, and an 18-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.
The Premium Package has a base price of $4,000. It includes the 18-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, an interior camera, personal eSIM 5G, multi-function front seats, and everything else included in the Convenience Package. You can add an additional $3,400 for the 30-speaker Bowers & Wilkens Diamond surround-sound system. BMW does delete $175 for removing the manual passenger lumbar adjustment. The Luxury Package costs $1,150 and adds soft-close doors along with a walnut console and shiny glass controls. Finally, there's also a Dynamic Handling Package for $1,600.
The accessories include a BMW Wallbox and the Qmerit Charge@Home system. The pricing for the Wallbox is not available yet, and the cost of the home charging system depends on what state you're in.
The total cost of our build, including all the options most people will likely go for, comes in at $99,225, excluding delivery charges. Even though the configurator only went live recently, the iX is already sold out through June 2022.