BMW iX3 Electric SUV 2026: Up To 800 Kilometres Of Range Thanks To New Battery Technology

The next BMW iX3 is expected to be a key model in the Neue Klasse series, which will serve as the foundation of the company’s range for the ensuing ten years. The iX3’s performance is seen as critical to BMW’s audacious electrification transition. The 2026 iX3, which is expected to go into production in 18 months, will be on sale alongside updated iterations of BMW’s current fuel-powered X3, which is a big step forward in the brand’s transition to electric vehicles (EVs).

The BMW iX3 prototype has been seen in spy photos.

The design combines aspects from BMW’s latest concept cars, the Vision Neue Klasse and Vision Circular, which are visible in the broad, closed front end, with classic details like the Hofmeister corner on the rear window. According to spy photographs taken inside, the instrument panel may be replaced with a head-up display that looks like the Vision Neue Klasse instead of the conventional setup.

The BMW sixth-generation battery and 800-volt electrical architecture are features of the iX3, which is constructed on the Neue Klasse platform. The present prismatic battery is replaced by a smaller cylindrical battery with this one, increasing battery energy density by 20%, increasing driving range by 30% (to about 800 kilometres), and reducing carbon emissions associated with production by 60%. These developments also lead to a 30% decrease in charging time, which encourages increased effectiveness.

The iX3 portfolio is anticipated to comprise a high-performance model, potentially the M60 xDrive or iX3 M, with up to 600 horsepower, and an entry-level iX3 40. Single-motor and dual-motor powertrains with rear- or all-wheel-drive choices are also anticipated.

The iX3 is one of the Neue Klasse cars that BMW is currently producing in China with the i3 sedan. The company intends to expand manufacturing of these models to other global locations, such as Munich, Germany, and Mexico. Furthermore, BMW plans to launch the NA6, a long-wheelbase iX3 variant designed exclusively for the Chinese market.

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