BMW iX3 to enter production in 2020

Range will likely be around 240 miles in the US market.

BMW has announced more details for the upcoming iX3, the company's first model to be available with a traditional internal-combustion engine alongside plug-in hybrid and pure electric powertrains.

A 74-kWh battery is expected to achieve a range of around 273 miles according to the generous WLTP test cycle. The figure likely translates to around 240 miles when adjusted for a US EPA estimate, unless the iX3 suffers from the same type of mysterious discrepancy that resulted in the Porsche Taycan's 279-mile WLTP range and 201-mile EPA rating.

The crossover will be equipped with BMW's fifth-generation eDrive technology, which reduces the weight of the drive unit, electronics, and transmission by approximately 30 percent. The NMC-811 prismatic battery is also said to have an energy density around 20 percent higher than previous technology used in BMW Group vehicles.

A single electric motor will drive both rear wheels, delivering 286 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. BMW says the power unit has been designed for high initial acceleration and maintains power at higher rpm.

The same eDrive modular components will carry forward to the i4 and iNext starting in 2021.

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