The automaker hopes to attract more potential customers with these models, one of which is positioned at the entry level and the other as a performance flagship.
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Let’s start with the most spectacular and exciting BMW iX. Called M60, it boosts output up to 610 horsepower and peak torque to 811 pound-feet—the highest torque figure ever in a production BMW. It’s described as embodying the best of BMW i electric vehicles, BMW X utility vehicles and BMW M performance models.
Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is a matter of 3.8 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h. As for range, it is estimated for now at 450 kilometres, but we’ll have to wait for the official rating from Natural Resources Canada. Incidentally, the battery has a usable capacity of 106 kWh and can be charged from 10-80 percent in 49 minutes using a 100kW DC fast charger.
The iX M60 benefits from highly responsive, actuator-based wheel slip limitation and a specifically tuned, dual-axle M air suspension with automatic level control to ensure superior agility and precision in corners. It further stands out with high-performance brake calipers painted in blue, various Titanium Bronze exterior accents and available 22-inch aerodynamic wheels featuring exclusive Titanium Bronze design.
For drivers interested in a more affordable alternative, the BMW iX xDrive40 will also be sold in Canada starting at $79,990, effectively undercutting the iX xDrive50 by 10 grand.
Equipped with a 71kWh (net) battery and dual motors, this model features all-wheel drive and is able to generate 322 horsepower along with 465 pound-feet of torque. It can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 km/h. Range is not specified yet. Charging the battery from 10-80 percent takes 41 minutes via a 100kW DC fast charger.
All iX models boast a plethora of advanced safety and driver assistance systems backed by a new generation of sensors, a new software stack and a powerful computing platform. The latest iDrive 8 infotainment system powers the large curved display and incorporates BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant.
One last thing: the BMW iX is built in a German factory that uses 100 percent green energy. In addition, many of the materials either come from controlled sources (aluminum, cobalt, lithium, etc.) or use recycled content (plastic).