BMW Concept iX3 revealed at 2018 Auto Shanghai

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The reveal of the BMW iX3 Concept marks a shift in the German marque's electrification strategy, as it plans to release a line of all-electric models, starting with the iX3, from 2020. The design of the iX3 is such that it is very compact. It will be produced in China under the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture. The iX3 can be plugged into a 150kw fast charger that'll complete a full charge in just 30 minutes.

Also, the batteries are much more potent this time around. This fresh package of technology brings considerable advances in terms of performance characteristics, operating range, weight, packaging space and flexibility - and will be making its debut in the purely electrically-driven SAV. As for the electric motor, it does not require any rare earths. The components for the fifth-generation powertrain are coming from production facilities in the U.S., China and Germany.

Under the skin is BMW's latest electric motor that churns out over 270bhp, or about the same as the current X3 30d. BMW says the iX3 will offer a range of about 250 miles when fully-charged. In this way, the BMW Group will be able to meet the ever increasing need for electrified vehicles with a wealth of different variants tailored to meet specific demand. Meanwhile, BMW has also promised a non-SUV i4 model for the same year - it's rumoured to take design cues from the Vision Dynamics concept that was shown at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The BMW iX3 electric SUV is also equipped with aerodynamically optimised wheels shod with low rolling resistance tyres. In the BMW Concept iX3, the next, highly integrated development stage of this technology delivers all-electric mobility. In place of the conventional exhaust outlets, there is a diffuser element featuring the blue highlights.

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.

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"We don't invent a completely new vehicle with the design". This vehicle is part of the BMW NUMBER ONE NEXT strategy.

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. This step change has been confirmed by BMW's recent trademarking efforts - iX1 through to iX9 nomenclatures have been secured by BMW.

BWM is claiming a range of 249 miles (under the tough new WLTP regulations ) for the powertrain configuration.

And, going forward, the company plans to have one platform for each vehicle that supports gas, hybrid and pure EV drivetrains.

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