BMW set to shake up EV market

BMW Australia has dramatically broadened its fully electric vehicle portfolio with the announcement of three new variants, all of them priced below $89,332 – exempting them from the luxury car tax (LCT).

Fleet buyers will also benefit from the introduction of the iX1 eDrive20, the i4 eDrive35 and the iX3 M Sport, as each sits below the fringe benefits tax threshold. The first of these becomes the new entry point to BMW’s fully electric vehicle range too.

At $78,900 plus on-roads, the iX1 eDrive20 is set to arrive in Q1 2024, offering a single electric motor with a maximum output of 150kW (with temporary boost) and 247Nm. It achieves a range of between 430km and 475km.

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The high-voltage battery, housed in the vehicle floor to save space, has a usable energy content of 64.7kWh. Its high energy density, together with the efficiency of the e-motor, contributes to the car’s favourable power consumption and range.

Three-phase AC charging at up to 22kW enables a charging time of 3 hours and 45 minutes. Using direct current (DC) with power of up to 130kW, it can be charged to 80 per cent in 29 minutes at a fast charging station.

The BMW iX1 eDrive20 features the latest OS 9 version of iDrive with QuickSelect, providing a wider range of digital content for information and entertainment, along with faster update cycles for over-the-air functions.

Operating System 9 also paves the way to customise the system to a high degree with additional digital services such as third-party apps and extended navigation services, which are available with the new BMW Digital Premium offering.

A curved display control system comprises a 10.25-inch infotainment system and a 10.7-inch instrument cluster, facing towards the driver. It also scores 18-inch alloys, adaptive LED headlights, wireless charging and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

A BMW head-up display, Parking Assistant Plus and roof rails are also included. The second new variant to arrive is the i4 eDrive35, the latest addition to the sporty i4 Gran Coupé line-up. It will be priced at $85,900 plus on-roads and available at the end of this year.

Featuring rear-wheel drive, it offers 210kW of power and peak torque of 400Nm and a range of 430km.

It comes with 18-inch alloys, LED headlights, a host of assistant settings, active cruise control, Live Cockpit Professional, a head-up display, Frozen Grey accent highlights, 3-zone climate control, an automatic tailgate, and wireless smartphone integration and charging.

The iX3 M Sport represents the third new fully electric variant and will be priced at $89,100 plus on-roads. It too arrives before year’s end, and offers the same electric powertrain as the range-topping iX3 M Sport Pro, with an adjusted equipment offering.

With a range of up to 461km, it delivers peak power output of 210kW and torque of 400Nm. It can be charged to 80 per cent capacity in just 34 minutes via a DC fast charger, and features 19-inch alloys and an M Sport package.

A panorama glass sunroof, sports seats with leather upholstery, adaptive suspension, Parking Assistant and heated front seats are also included. For further information, contact your local BMW dealer. If you’re keen on one and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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