BMW has released its latest eDrive EV drivetrain, which will be the core of the upcoming BMW iX3 electric SUV,media reported. The German carmaker has promised to deliver 273 miles/439 km (WLTP) range, although the SUV will only be equipped with a 74kWh battery pack, adding that extra power density efficiency is the key to solving the range anxiety.
This is BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive system, which integrates electric motors, system electronics and transmissions into one. BMW says this will allow it to be smaller and lighter overall, with an increase in engine output and drive system weight of about 30 per cent compared to previous eDrives.
For the BMW iX3, it will have a 210 kW unit, which provides 286 horsepower output power and a torque peak of 400 Nm. BMW plans rear-wheel drive as standard for the iX3, although future consumers can choose between front or full drive.
As for the unusually compact 74KWh battery will be mounted under the SUV.
As for the 273-mile range, it is expected to decrease under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standards.
But that won’t make a difference, because the BMW iX3 won’t be sold in the U.S. market. BMW plans to launch the electric SUV in China and elsewhere, and plans to start production in 2020.
After the iX3, the fifth-generation eDrive system will be used for the i4 sedan and iNEXT.