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  • Writer's pictureIan McLaren

BMW South Africa announces pricing for its all-electric iX range

Updated: Dec 15, 2021

Having set the scene as early as 2013 with its i3 and i8 models, BMW South Africa’s plans to expand its all-electric portfolio into 2022 include a battery-powered 3-Series, a new iX3 derivative and a new premium SUV range simply named, iX.

Styled to get noticed, the iX’s bold lines boast a nevertheless impressively slippery drag coefficient of just 0.25. With maximum efficiency in mind, this new range of “Sport Activity Vehicles” will initially be offering with a choice between two drivetrain outputs.

Serving as an entry-point into the range, the iX xDrive40 model houses a 71kWh battery beneath its floor. Offset somewhat by its 2.5-tonne overall mass, this derivative delivers 240 kW and 630 N.m or torque, good for a claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time of around 6-seconds. More pertinent in terms of real-world appeal is a claimed operating range of between 372 and 425 km. BMW says this model can be topped-up from five to 80% capacity within 31 minutes, using a DC public charge station.

With talks of a range-topping iX M60 model in the pipeline, the xDrive50 derivative offers 385 kW and 764 N.m of torque via its 105kWh battery-powered drivetrain. While this model has a claimed 0-100 km/h time of just 4.6 seconds, the headline figure is an operating range of between 549 and 630 kilometres.

All-wheel drive by way of featuring an electric motor on each axle, front and rear, both the iX xDrive40 and iX xDrive50 models feature air suspension as standard. Also included is a panoramic sunroof and comprehensive bouquet of the brand’s latest, impressive operating technologies, including voice-activated assistance, touchscreen-based infotainment and myriad online services.

BMW South Africa is also including the supply and installation of a home charging facility within the asking price of its latest-generation all-electric models.

BMW iX xDrive40 - R1 650 000

BMW iX xDrive50 - R2 175 000

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