SECRETLY revealed last year during the unveiling of the iX xDrive 40 and 50, the latest fully electric offering from BMW M is set to launch in Australia in the middle of 2022, when the 455kW M60 variant arrives down under.
Launched today as part of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the new model’s birth coincides with the 50th anniversary of BMW M, and will deliver 1015Nm of torque (1100Nm with launch control activated), and a 0-100km/h sprint of just 3.8 seconds.
Offering up to 566km in range, the iX M60 features an M specific goodness to elevate its dynamic potential, electric all-wheel-drive, a highly responsive actuator-based wheel slip limitation and a tuned dual-axle air suspension with automatic level control.
The first M model to be built on the company’s new modular technology platform, the BMW iX M60’s performance, efficiency and range also benefit from its optimised aerodynamic properties.
The high-voltage battery is located deep down in the underbody, lowering the vehicle’s centre of gravity to deliver agile handling, outstanding cornering dynamics precise control at all times.
The perfectly balanced driving characteristics give the BMW iX M60 a confident and light-footed feel at all speeds. It can also be driven at the physical limits and provide the driver clear feedback in typical BMW M style.
As with the two other iX model variants, the BMW iX M60 features the most extensive range of standard equipment ever offered in the field of driving technology systems, as well as numerous innovations.
A new generation of sensors, a new software stack and a powerful computing platform also provide considerable potential for consistently advancing automated driving and parking functions.
The latest generation iDrive display and control system expands the interaction between driver and vehicle, allowing natural dialogue. Powered by the brand’s OS8 platform, it has been designed with a clear focus on the touch function of the new BMW curved display.
Remote software upgrades will offer the possibility to install new and improved vehicle functions over-the-air, while navigation with BMW’s cloud-based maps and augmented reality video ensure fast and precise route planning, as well as traffic guidance.
The BMW iX is also a pioneer in data transmission, adopting 5G capable connectivity. In addition, it features a high-voltage 112kWh EV battery, with high energy density and outstanding discharging behaviour, durability and safety.
The combined charging unit was designed for particularly flexible charging, and can charge using AC up to 11kW, and DC up to 200kW. That means the battery charge level in the BMW iX M60 can be raised from 10 to 80 percent in around 35 minutes.
In addition, range con be increased by up to 150km in just 10 minutes at a DC fast-charging station starting with a battery charge level of 10 percent. M specific features also adorn the new model, including dark blue M-branded brake callipers.
There’s also the choice of an optional BMW Individual Titanium Bronze Exterior Line and M logos in the new High Gloss Black/Titanium Bronze finish on the front side panels and the rear of the vehicle.
22-inch aerodynamic alloy wheels with an exclusive Titanium Bronze design will also be available on locally-delivered iX M60 models.
Inside, multifunction seats with integrated headrests, the curved display we mentioned, a hexagonal steering wheel, and anthracite-coloured roof liner, are all designed to further enhance driving pleasure.
Absence of the centre tunnel creates additional legroom as well as space for storage and a centre console designed in the style of a high-quality piece of furniture. A no-cost optional Suite interior includes olive leaf extract tanned natural leather seats.
The same treatment is included on the instrument panel, centre console and door trim surfaces, as well as Gold Bronze surfaces and controls. An M logo is shown in the left-hand area of the information display regardless of the selected display layout.
The exclusive character of the BMW iX M60 is further emphasised by its exceptionally comprehensive level of standard equipment, including Live Cockpit Professional and Natural Interaction, which allows functions to be operated using speech and gestures.
In addition, it will be available with Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system, BMW Laserlight, comfort access, active seat ventilation for driver and front passenger, and a heat comfort package.
Further details, including pricing, will be announced closer to its arrival.