BMW has revealed its new Tesla fighter. The German brand is starting to ramp up its assault on the electric vehicle market by launching two all-new models, the i4 Coupe and iX SUV.
Australians will get to sample the iX SUV from November this year when BMW launches a three-tier range: the iX 40, iX 40 Sport, and iX 50 Sport. Prices start at $135,900 (plus on-roads) for the base iX 40, about $10,000 more than the rival base Audi e-Tron electric SUV.
The iX 40 Sport is priced from $141,900, and the iX 50 will set back buyers $169,900. Electric motors combined for 240kW/630Nm in the iX 40 models and a beefy 385kW/765Nm in the iX 50 version. BMW claims the iX 40 can sprint to 100km/h from a standstill in 6.1 seconds, and the iX 50 can hit that speed in a fast 4.6 seconds.
iX 40 versions are fitted with a 77kWh battery that provides up to 425km driving range. The iX 50 variant gets a sizeable 112kWh battery pack that allows for up to 630km of driving range.
The iX40 models can receive a maximum 150kW charge, add 95km of range in 10 minutes, and top-up the batteries from 10 to 80 percent in 35 minutes.
Top-spec iX 50’s bigger battery can accept up to 200kWh of charge, which means it can add 150km of range in 10 minutes, and its batteries can go from 10 to 80 percent charge in 31 minutes.
Electric cars automatically slow up charging for the last 20 percent, so the battery doesn’t overheat. The base iX 40 comes with plenty of standard goodies such as 21-inch alloy wheels, heated and massaging front leather seats, premium Harman Kardon stereo, ambient lighting, and plenty of infotainment tech.
Higher-spec versions get larger 22-inch alloy wheels, sporty styling highlights, panoramic sunroof, among other items. All iX models also come with a free five-year subscription to the Chargefox network of fast chargers. BMW also revealed details for the new i4 Coupe, which will arrive in the first quarter of 2022.
Headlining the range is the all-wheel drive i4 M50, the first M-badged electric car, and it brings some serious performance with its electric motors pumping out 400kW and 795Nm. This enables it to go from 0-100km. Hin 3.9 seconds. It can accept a maximum of 200kWh charge and can replenish 140km in 10 minutes. The i4 M50 will be joined by an i4 40 version, which will be rear-wheel drive and have outputs of 250kW/430Nm and a driving range of up to 590km.