BMW’s all-new electric iX3

iX3 – BMW’s Medium sized SUV the X3 is the bestselling vehicle in the first four months of 2022, in the above $60,000 part of that segment ahead of Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class Wagon, Volvo XC60, Lexus NX, Audi Q5.

BMW iX3

They now have an all-electric model the iX3.

With a sizable 80 kW/hr battery it’s rated range is 460 km.

It can take charging up to a rate of 150kW which is not industry leading. This means it can charge from 10 to 80 per cent in 32 minutes.

It has good space inside and comfortable, quiet travel even a highway speeds.

With a very credible 210kW and 400Nm and sure-footed handling it copes with a spirited drive on a twisty secondary road.

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It has adaptive LED Headlights while BMW Laserlight can be specified as a $2,000 option. At speeds above 60 km/h, the dynamic Laserlight module increases high-beam range to a maximum of 650 metres and follows the course of the road.

The digital screen for the driver is uncluttered and generally easy to read. A great feature is the adaptive cruise control with the a one press button button that will set the speed to the current speed limit.

Its price from $114,900 plus on road costs

With the fifth generation BMW eDrive unit the electric motor, power electronics and transmission are housed within a single housing. The motors drive the rea wheels.

This highly integrated electric drive system topology located in the model-specific rear axle subframe allows a substantial reduction in both the installation space required and the weight of the components relative to the power they produce.

This has brought about an increase in power density of around 30 per cent compared with the BMW eDrive technology previously featured in electrified models.

The latest version of the electric motor also demonstrates efficiency of up to 93 per cent – an increase of 53 per cent on modern combustion engines.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto