Auto China in Beijing to 2018: BMW iX3 as an electric Surprise?

BMW CEO Harald Krüger announced in yesterday’s annual press conference, a preview of the new BMW iX3. The first purely electric-powered SUV from BMW will go to 2020, in series, a specific preview, we can expect, but, apparently, already in a few weeks at the Auto China in 2018 in Beijing. As Krüger announced in his speech, will reveal the BMW Group is on of the most important Chinese trade fair of the year “more” on the subject of BMW iX3 anything other than a near-series Concept Car would be after this announcement a disappointment.

The BMW iX3 is technically based on the current X3 G01, could be different visually, but quite clearly from the conventionally powered variants. Answers on the subject of Design, we will get to all appearances, already at the auto show in Beijing in 2018, in the same framework, further Details on the technique are likely to be known. What is clear is that the BMW iX3 has a purely electric drive, range, and performance there is so far no official announcements.

As it is not in the BMW iX3 2020, unlike the case with many other announced electric SUV, first and foremost, a show car for the deflection of a lack of electric supply in the width, is not considered mandatory from a performance on sports car level. Thanks to the generous space on offer and the typical requirements of the customers at a mid-size SUV, the BMW iX3 2020 will provide not less than 500 km range.

BMW will provide you with the iX3 the first example of the flexible architecture of the corresponding demand, the range of virtually all model series with a totally different drives: electric, Plug-in Hybrid, gasoline and Diesel can be side-to-side to be built. The flexibility of the architecture has the great advantage to be able within a short period of time to Changes in demand react.

So that BMW adopted, in fact, from the previous concept of the i3, which is built on a separate Band at the Leipzig plant. The new solution avoids problems associated with a stand-alone architecture is mandatory: Will not be calculated in the demand properly or changes due to new environment, a spontaneous reaction is difficult. The customer request, to other vehicles, can not be exploited, the planned capacity and the plant rests. The customers are suddenly demanding more units, can not be ramped up production in the short term.

Harald Krüger (Chairman of the Board of management of BMW AG):

Our model offensive is also a drive offensive. We use scalable E-kits. From 2020, we can series all the model with each type of engine to equip. It goes on: 2020 to be added in the case of BMW, the iX3. More on this at the auto show in Beijing. In 2019, the first all-electric MINI. The first Plug-in Hybrid MINI – the Countryman – is already enjoying great popularity. Because MINI is created as an urban brand positively for E-mobility.

Already starting in may, the new BMW i8 Roadster and the BMW i8 coupe are available. Both models are equipped with the fourth Generation of the BMW eDrive technology. Thus, the electric range of this Plug is on the rise-in Hybrids to about 40 percent. With the fifth-Generation eDrive can be driven, depending on the model 550 to 700 km purely electrically. We will realize with the BMW i4 and iNEXT. The BMW iNEXT is far more than a vehicle. We understand this to mean a future modular. It is intended to enable the entire company and all of our brands – in terms of technology, design and new ways of thinking. In the iNEXT, we summarize these themes: Autonomous Driving, connectivity, electrification and Services.

Our goals for the E-mobility I have set clear: at Least 140,000 sold electrified vehicles this year. Half a Million E-vehicles and Plug-in Hybrids by the end of 2019 in total on the road. 25 electrified models, in the year 2025 – twelve of them purely electrically.

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