Bavarian EV to Offer 300 Miles of Range, Minimalistic Interior & More

The 2022 BMW iX xDrive50 previews the German automaker’s fifth-generation eDrive system offering two electric motors and up to 300 miles of driving range. The newest iX is also the torchbearer of the brand’s next-gen electric SAVs or Sports Activity Vehicles.

If you’re old enough to remember, BMW insisted on calling the X5 an “SUV” when it debuted in 1998. Whether BMW’s newest electric offering is an SAV or SUV is still up for debate, but one thing is for sure: The 2022 BMW iX is coming to the electric SUV party with more than just a clown face.

Innovative Mix-Material Architecture

Underneath that SAV body is an intelligent material mix for the chassis and underpinnings. For instance, the body shell includes carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), aluminum, high-strength steel, and thermoplastics. The side frame, roof frame, rain channels, rear window frame, and cowl panel form what BMW calls a “Carbon Cage” to reinforce the body while saving weight.

Additionally, this innovative construction method keeps the center of gravity low to deliver sporty handling, the core characteristic of any BMW. But more than just engineering trickery, the carbon fiber structure adds a visual appeal when the tailgate is open, reminding you of the space-age materials underneath.

The 2022 BMW iX xDrive50 has a front double-wishbone and five-link rear suspension with lift-related shock absorbers (air suspension is optional) with extra hydraulic damping. BMW claims the front shocks have additional damping on the rebound cycle, while the rear dampers offer extra damping during compression. Combined with unique body-mounted spring struts with triple-path strut mounts, the latest BMW iX will keep your tailfeathers unruffled when going over rough patches of tarmac.

2022 BMW iX xDrive50
2022 BMW iX xDrive50. Photo: BMW of North America, LLC.

Fifth-Generation eDrive System

The 2022 BMW iX xDrive50 has two electric motors pumping out a combined 516 horsepower, pushing the SAV from zero to 60 mph in a scant 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph. It’s not the Tesla Model X killer we’ve all been waiting for, but BMW is cooking up an iX M60 version with more than 600 horsepower.

However, it’s not the power that mesmerizes. Instead, it’s the way BMW integrated the electric motor, power electronics, and transmission in a single housing, effectively increasing the power density by up to 30 percent while increasing the motor’s efficiency by 93 percent. Also, the electric motors have zero rare Earth minerals for the magnetic components, proof of BMW’s commitment to responsible and sustainable manufacturing.

The motors draw power from a high-voltage 100 kWh lithium-ion battery with 20 percent more energy density. BMW directly sources the lithium from Australia, while cobalt for the batteries is derived from sources directly before taking it to battery cell suppliers.

xDrive Electric All-Wheel Drive

With two electric motors, the 2022 BMW iX xDrive50 has a fully variable electric AWD system with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and near-actuator wheel slip limitation. It may sound a mouthful, but the latter ensures corrective inputs are applied quickly between the front and rear wheels to maintain constant traction when you need it most.

Range & Charging Capacity

Based on EPA testing cycles, the 2022 BMW iX xDrive50 achieves 300 miles of range on a full charge. The iX has an 11kW onboard charger that recharges its 100 kWh battery in around 11 hours when you run out of juice. If you don’t want to wait that long, the iX is compatible with DC fast-charging up to 200 kW, enough to refill the batteries to 80 percent in under 40 minutes.

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