BMW Details 273-mile iX3's Electric Powertrain

by Bimmerfest.com Member - Evanwritescars on December 18, 2019, 2:13 pm

BMW has revealed new drivetrain details for the upcoming iX3 electric crossover that means more range, it says, through greater efficiency instead of a bigger battery.

The iX3 will mark the first BMW model to be available as gas and diesel (X3) and purely electric (iX3). The automaker says that 74 kWh of net battery capacity will mean an electric range of 273 miles on the WLTP cycle. EPA data wasn't made available, but for comparison that's nearly the same figure as the Taycan Turbo, which ended up with a 201 mile EPA range, though that car uses a much larger 93.4 kWh battery pack.

It uses the fifth-generation of BMW's electric powertrain technology, with the motor, transmission, and all other system electrics in one housing. That helps keep weight and size down, for packaging, efficiency, and handling purposes.

It will deliver 286 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, driving the rear-wheels only. At least when it goes on sale, since a later AWD model would seem to fit well into the xDrive-heavy BMW lineup.

The motor uses no rare earth metals, which BMW says is a first and both lithium and cobalt used for the battery cells will be purchased by BMW directly then sent to the cell producers, which the company says is more responsible.

The iX3 is set to arrive next year, built by BMW Brilliance in China._a2_



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