BMW showed an electric crossover

BMW showed an electric crossover

As its name suggests, the BMW iX3 Concept is an EV version of the BMW X3 SUV - a auto that has never been offered as a plug-in hybrid, let alone in fully electric form. It represents the next step in BMW's electric-car strategy, which sees BMW complementing today's i3 and i8 with a range of fully electric versions of its core models.

Under the skin is BMW's latest electric powertrain which bundles the motor, transmission and electronics in to a new Electric Drive Component, with more dense batteries offering weight and packaging advantages too. BMW predicts a 150-kilowatt quick charger can top up the battery pack in 30 minutes.

In March BMW said it would invest €7bn (£6.1bn) this year in developing electric cars, up from the €6bn in 2017.

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Plus, the fifth-generation electric drive system also includes new and more powerful batteries.

BMW plans to introduce a new modular design that will allow all future models to offer an electric variant.

BMW says that the Concept iX3 "underscores" its resolve to strengthen its leadership in electric mobility. Thus BMW is not dependent upon access to such materials for its electric motors. Of these, 12 will be equipped with fully electric propulsion systems. In turn, the hybrids can drive exclusively on electric up to 100 km.

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The BMW Concept iX3 represents another milestone on the road to locally emission-free driving under the BMW Group's electrification strategy.

According to BMW, the energy storage system has a newly developed Charging Control Unit, and is created to be hooked up to fast-charging stations generating up to 150 kW. That grille is subtly reshaped to give it a bit more of a distinctive flavour, with a strong touch of the styling of that i Vision Dynamics concept. The closed area within the kidney reduces air resistance, providing aerodynamic benefits. The electric SUV also gets blue accents around the grille, logo, at the front, skid skirts and rear diffuser element. The body paint is matte-finish Moonstone Silver to go with the electric nature of the crossover. The concept study is also fitted with light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimised design. It's an X3-sized crossover designed and sold by the company's i brand. However, a few design details demonstrate evolution of the current design language.

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