BMW Australia has released pricing and specification details for its first next-generation all-electric model, the iX large SUV, which is due in showrooms in the fourth quarter of this year.
The iX’s launch line-up consists of three all-wheel-drive variants, with the entry-level xDrive40 priced from $135,900 plus on-road costs, while the xDrive40 Sport commands a $6000 premium. Then there’s the mid-range xDrive50 Sport, which checks in at $169,900.
Either way, the iX is motivated by a dual-motor powertrain, with the two xDrive40 variants producing 240kW/630Nm and sprinting from a standstill to 100km/h in 6.1 seconds, while the xDrive50 Sport develops 385kW/765Nm and hits triple digits in 4.6s.
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More impressively, though, the two xDrive40 derivatives have a 77kWh battery that provides 425km of WLTP-certified range, while the xDrive50 Sport is paired with a 112kWh unit that helps it travel 630km in between charges.
Speaking of charging, the two xDrive40 variants can use a 150kW DC fast-charger (with a CCS plug) to increase their battery capacity from 10 to 80 per cent in 35 minutes, while the xDrive50 Sport needs 31 minutes to complete the same feat with a 200kW item.
Standard equipment in the xDrive40 includes LED headlights, Gunmetal Grey 21-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and a five-year subscription to ChargeFox’s public charger stations.
Inside, push-button start, a touchscreen iDrive 8 multimedia system, augmented reality (AR) satellite navigation, digital radio, a Harman Kardon surround-sound system, a digital instrument cluster, a wireless smartphone charger, heated front seats with massaging functionality, four-zone climate control and ambient lighting feature.
Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking (with intersection assist and pedestrian and cyclist detection), lane-keep and steering assist, adaptive cruise control (with stop and go functionality), exit warning, park assist and a reversing camera, among others.
The xDrive40 Sport adds metallic paintwork, gloss-black trim, Jet Black 22-inch alloy wheels, sports brakes with blue callipers, and smoked tail-lights.
Meanwhile, the xDrive50 Sport also gets rear-wheel steering, adaptive air suspension, soft-close doors, laser headlights and a panoramic sunroof.
Options include the $3500 Comfort Package, which bundles in cooled front seats and heating for the steering wheel, rear seats, armrests, upper door panels and lower dashboard.
The two xDrive40 derivatives can also be had with the $9500 Enhancement Package, which includes laser headlights, soft-close doors and a panoramic sunroof.
Meanwhile, the xDrive40 Sport and xDrive50 Sport can be upgraded with the $8500 Indulgence Package, which is highlighted by an interior camera and a 1615W Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround-sound system.
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2022 BMW iX pricing before on-road costs