By Otsile Kadiege
The iX is the BMW’s fully-electric sports activity vehicle which has been on sale locally for about a month now. The automaker handed over the iX to their M division to develop the first ever purely electric BMW M model in the SAV segment.
Design and technology
Visually nothing much has changed, however the iX M60 features brake callipers of the sports brake system painted in blue and M branding. The 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 provide clear indications of the high performance character of the BMW iX M60. Customers can opt for 22-inch aerodynamic wheels featuring exclusive Titanium Bronze design.
The new BMW iX M60 has a comprehensive list of standard equipment. Among other things it includes BMW Live Cockpit Professional and BMW Natural Interaction, which allows functions to be operated using speech and gestures, the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, BMW Laser Light, Comfort Access, Active Seat Ventilation for driver and front passenger and the Heat Comfort Package.
Like the iX 50 the BMW iX M60 makes use of two electric motors on each axle both making an impressive 455kW and a mind-bending 1,015Nm (1,100Nm with activated Launch Control). BMW claims the iX M60 will sprint from 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and it’s electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The range of the BMW iX M60 is up to 566km and has a combined power consumption of 22.5 – 18.0 kWh/100 km according to the WLTP test cycle.
The suspension technology of the BMW iX M60 includes a doublewishbone front axle, a five-link rear axle and electric steering with Servotronic function and variable ratio. In addition, the BMW M vehicle comes as standard with M specifically set-up adaptive dual-axle air suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers.
According to BMW these ensures particularly comfortable handling combined with increased agility and dynamic performance. The dual-axle air suspension ensures the optimum vehicle height at any speed, regardless of the load.
The BMW iX M60 is manufactured together with the other model variants of the all-electric SAV at the BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. The global market launch will begin in June 2022.
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