BMW unveils new all-electric SUV at Auto China show

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BMW has stated that a production version of the iX3 SUV will be ready for sale by 2020.

BMW is claiming more than 200kW output and a real-world range of 400 kilometres for its first-ever all-electric SUV.

Battery capacity is rated at 70kWh and the electric motor develops 266bhp according to BMW. What you see in the gallery above is pretty much what you'll get when the iX3 arrives in showrooms in 2020. Overall, BMW gas committed to launching 12 all-electric vehicles by 2025. Among the unique design elements serving to differentiate it from existing petrol and diesel versions of the third-generation SUV is a newly styled grille, reprofiled bumpers, aerodynamically optimized wheels shod with low rolling resistance tyres, subtle additions to the sills and a new rear diffuser element.

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The new model will be fitted with eDrive technology which groups together an electric motor, transmission and power electronics within a new, separate electric drive component. The company says: "This study of a first all-electric model from BMW is clearly defined by the robust and sophisticated all-round character of an SAV, which remains unaffected by the presence of a locally emission-free drive system". Perhaps the most attention-grabbing element is the reinterpreted kidney grille - the grille comes with joined elements, while it appears to be permanently closed, as dictated by aerodynamics. Another benefit is that the iX3 concept can be hooked up to fast-charging stations generating up to 150 kW. Entirely electric, it's powered by an electric motor that draws electricity from a 70-kWh battery pack which stores enough juice for about 250 miles of range in the European testing cycle.

In a breakthrough that will allow it to significantly reduce production costs over the unit in use today, BMW also says its new electric motor can be produced without any rare earths (such as Neodymium Iron Boron (NdFeB )).

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