BMW iX: from the concept to the series, from the continuation of ideas

BMW has revealed the final version of its 100% electric SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle) which will be marketed at the end of next year. This vehicle has the size of an X5, the height of an X6 and rests on wheels as big as those of the X7. The first impression is rather positive, with a minimalist design, dixit BMW. The size seems contained and the production model is close to the concept car.

Before diving into a superficial style analysis, based on photos but not without meaning, let’s specify that this newcomer in the BMW i family will have four wheel drive, a power of 500 HP, a rather attractive range of nearly 600 km and a 0 to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds. In addition to this advanced powertrain, the BMW iX also makes use of the latest innovations in the fields of electrification, automated driving and connectivity.

Less imposing than one might think, the iX adopts an evolved BMW formal language that also takes up some well-known themes, as we’ll see when we compare it to the 2018 concept car.

The standard iX differs mainly from the concept car by its completely different mass balance (above). The concept, with its sloping windscreen and rearward-facing interior, appears more dynamic. The production car has a rear door with relatively small glazing (2), which also imposes a third, very generous window (1). As for the rear overhang, it is naturally larger on the standard vehicle (3).

On the other hand, the new BMW identity that appeared on the concept is completely preserved. We can nevertheless guess a much more sculpted bonnet (1), a grille that seems to have moved up on the bonnet (the headlights are probably lowered a little…), while to break the height, the bottom of the bumper of the production car is painted black over the whole width of the vehicle (3). The front grille is completely hidden. Its role has become “digital” and it works like an intelligence panel by integrating the driver assistance systems. It has reinvented itself as an innovative and multifunctional high-tech interface.

The headlamps and tail lights are the slimmest ever fitted to a BMW. This design is possible with today’s available technology. This was not the case for the Opel Calibra and Citroën XM of the end of