The BMW iX3 concept is an all-electric SUV

The BMW iX3 concept is an all-electric SUV

The BMW Group has extended the reach of its all-electric mobility offering with the unveiling of the BMW Concept iX3 at the Auto China 2018 show in Beijing.

BMW has taken the wraps off a concept that previews its first all-electric SUV, as well as signposting the German company's EV future. The first BMW brand model to be driven purely by electric power will be a fully-fledged Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV).

BMW is also showcasing a wireless car-charging system for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles much like the inductive charging pads used for smartphones.

Sure, this is just a concept, but the company is set to deliver the production version of its all-electric X3 in 2020.

It also seems that the iX3 will be the first of many electric variants of models in the BMW range - the company has trademarked every combination from iX1 to iX9, which hints that a wide electric SUV range will eventually arrive.

Confused? Well, forget all the nomenclature, it's an electric version of BMW's big-selling and critically-lauded X3 and that should be good enough for now. The concept is also fitted with light-alloy wheels in an aerodynamically optimised design.

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There has been no push to create a radical design, though - a decision which distances the iX3 and its future stablemates from BMW's less traditional i3 and i8 models.

BMW uses what they call the fifth-generation of their eDrive technology.

BMW hasn't released photos of the interior. That means a range of 400 km on one charge, according to BMW.

In the iX3 you get a battery with "over 70kWh" of capacity, giving more than 249 miles of range on the new WLTP cycle, around 268bhp and a 30-minute re-charge time from a 150kW fast-charger.

According to BMW, the energy storage system has a newly developed Charging Control Unit, and is created to be hooked up to fast-charging stations generating up to 150 kW. Nevertheless, the production version of the iX3 might still receive the current hardware.

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