The BMW iX3 electric SUV is the first vehicle to run on pure electric power. In an effort to reduce development costs, the iX3 will be heavily based on the regular X3 SUV, something that's readily obvious with the iX3 Concept's design.
Like the vehicle architectures and eDrive technology of the future, the BMW Group's global production network is also set up to provide a high level of flexibility - in this case for the production of models with electric drive systems. This makes it easier to integrate the same powertrain into different vehicle architectures.
The trademark kidney grille is filled, this time with a honeycombed material and is flanked by LED lights and air intakes in the bumper to channel air down the side of the vehicle.
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.
Under the skin is BMW's latest electric powertrain which bundles the motor, transmission and electronics in to a new Electric Drive Component, with more dense batteries offering weight and packaging advantages too. The energy storage system gets a new charging control unit for fast-charging compatibility. BMW predicts a 150-kilowatt quick charger can top up the battery pack in 30 minutes.
Electric mobility also means a differentiation in design. That grille is subtly reshaped to give it a bit more of a distinctive flavour, with a strong touch of the styling of that i Vision Dynamics concept.
The body of the auto is generally similar to the internal combustion X3, save for key design tweaks to show off its green credentials. The body paint is matte-finish Moonstone Silver to go with the electric nature of the crossover. There's also lots of blue highlighting to reinforce the car's electric credentials, while it also gets "aerodynamically optimised" alloy wheels.
The other model now in BMW's "i" range is the i3 supermini (right). The signature looks of BMW i cars will also mark out future models from the brand.
The electric drive will be visible through the design elements from the BMW i design language in the exterior design mentioned above.