BMW iX3 Electric Crossover Concept Debuts in Beijing, Production Set for 2020

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Revealed at the Beijing motor show, the BMW iX3 is a concept vehicle that looks suspiciously close to being ready for production.

As far as the styling goes, the i model stands out when compared to the conventionally-powered BMW models, but not in the extreme manner of the i3 and i8. Times are changing, though, and a production iX3 is expected to arrive in 2020. And the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 presented in 2009 was the world's first Sports Activity Coupe with a full-hybrid drive system.

That figure places it on par with the Jaguar I-Pace unveiled in Geneva last month and the Audi e-tron quattro we'll see before the end of the year.

This modular, "plug-and-play" electric drive setup theoretically makes it easier to expand the electric offering to other BMW models, and BMW says that the iX3's electric motor doesn't need any "rare Earth" metals, which makes its construction a little more eco-friendly, not to mention ethics-friendly. In addition, the BMW Concept iX3 features a specially developed rear axle subframe and specific chassis integration.

Aesthetically, the iX3 is immediately recognisable as a BMW X model. Now only the X1 plug-in hybrid is built in China. The BMW company is looking to automated, connected, electrified and services technologies in order to revolutionize its image.

Overall, BMW gas committed to launching 12 all-electric vehicles by 2025. The trademark blue accents of BMW's "i" range are prominently featured. The same is true of the concept's special "aerodynamically optimised" alloy wheels. A claimed net power capacity of more than 70kWh is said to be enough for a 400km range or more - that's 249 miles, based on WLTP testing. For now, BMW has yet to show its interior. BMW says that when the EV is charged with a fast-charging station providing 150 kW the battery pack can charge fully in 30 minutes.

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