BMW has introduced its latest electric cars in Thailand, boasting a range of up to 630 kilometers on a single charge.
The iX xDrive50 Sport, priced at Bt5.999 million, is a full-size electric SUV featuring all-wheel-drive with as much as 523hp and 765Nm, plus 0-100km/h acceleration in under five seconds. Thanks to the fifth-generation BMW eDrive and its latest battery cell technology, the iX comes with a range of 630 kilometers (WLTP), according to BMW.
It features a 111.5kWh battery pack with high charging flexibility, requiring just 39 minutes to charge from 0-80 per cent. BMW says that range can be increased by up to 100 kilometers in just 21 minutes when plugged into a DC fast-charging station.
Adaptive recuperation is fully configurable for the driver with high, medium, and low settings for any driving situation, while driving position B engages high adaptive recuperation to achieve a one-pedal feeling on the road.
The chassis features double wishbones at the front and a five-link at the rear, air suspension and electronically-controlled dampers.
There are 22-inch aerodynamic wheels in bi-color 3D polished buff with noise-reduced tires, which have a layer of foam on their inner surface to improve acoustic comfort.
The iX also comes equipped with the most extensive set of standard driver assistance systems ever seen on a BMW, including a new generation of sensors, a new software stack and a powerful computing platform provide the basis for exceptional intelligence. Five cameras, five radar sensors and 12 ultrasonic sensors are used to monitor the vehicle’s surroundings. The Steering and Lane Control Assistant has been significantly expanded while the Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function offers enhanced situational distance adjustment. The exit warning function, which alerts to the presence of cyclists or pedestrians in the surrounding area before the doors are opened, and the Remote Theft Recorder are both new features. There is also Parking Assistant Plus including Surround View Camera and Remote 3D.
The iX3 M Sport, meanwhile, is priced at Bt3.399 million is based on the X3.
A new drive system unit generates up to 286hp and 400Nm, allowing the iX3 to accelerate from 0-100k/h in 6.8 seconds, while the top speed is limited at 180km/h.
It has an 80kWh battery providing a range of 460kms (WLTP). It charges from 0-80 per cent in 34 minutes, according to BMW.
BMW says the latest-generation high-voltage battery is positioned low down in the car’s underbody, lowering the center of gravity by around 7.5cms compared with its conventionally powered X3 siblings.