2022 BMW iX

What We Know So Far

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Based on the Vision iNext concept that BMW showed back in fall 2018, the production 2022 iX will be the brand's first all-electric compact SUV—and it's shaping up to be mighty compelling. BMW says the iX should go on sale in early 2022 and offer an electric driving range of at about 300 miles per charge. Two electric motors provide full-time all-wheel drive, and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic body panels help save weight. The iX's cabin appears to be quite spacious with plenty of modern technology features on display, including a slick curved digital instrument panel screen. When the iX reaches U.S. dealerships, it will find itself competing with rivals such as the Audi e-tron, the Mercedes-Benz EQC, the Tesla Model X, and the upcoming Rivian R1S.

What's New for 2022?

The iX will be an all-new and all-electric model in BMW's lineup when it appears in early 2022.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

      BMW has not released pricing for the more expensive M60 model, and we don't have details on all of the SUV's standard and optional equipment. When we find out more about how the iX will be equipped, then we can recommend which one to buy and how to outfit it.

      Engine, Transmission, and Performance

      Two different variants of the iX will be offered, the first being the xDrive50, which will be powered by a pair of electric motors that combine to make 516 hp; all-wheel drive is standard. BMW says that's enough power to scoot the iX to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 124 mph. A high-performance variant called M60 will go on sale after the xDrive50 model and will offer over 600 hp. The iX will be offered with an optional adjustable air suspension and a rear-wheel-steering system. When we get a chance to test drive the iX, we'll update this story with driving impressions and test results.

          Range, Charging, and Battery Life

          The iX sports a large 106.3-kWh battery pack that BMW says will offer around 300 miles of driving range per charge. DC fast charging capability will be standard and the iX can recharge from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 35 minutes when hooked up to a 200-kW connection. BMW has partnered with EVgo to provide a network of public charging stations for iX drivers, but the SUV will be able to charge on other popular networks, as well as through a Level 2 home charging station.

          Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

          The EPA has not released fuel economy estimates for the iX yet, nor has it confirmed BMW's claimed 300-mile driving range. When we get a chance to test the iX on our 75-mph highway fuel economy test route, we'll update this story with range and MPGe results. For more information about the iX's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

          Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

          The Bimmer SUV is said to be about the same size as the company's mid-size X5 and X6 crossovers, and its passenger and cargo space is expected to be similar to those models as well. The iX's interior design is both simple and modern with a host of high-tech elements including a large curved touchscreen instrument panel and a hexagonal-shaped steering wheel. BMW will offer a large panoramic sunroof featuring electrochromic shading as an option—a trick feature found on only a few vehicles. Power front seats are also heated and feature integrated speakers for the iX's stereo system. Both faux-leather and genuine leather upholsteries are offered, but BMW will also offer a textile seat fabric option—dubbed Loft—which uses microfiber cloth.

          Infotainment and Connectivity

          BMW will use the iX SUV and the i4 sedan as the launchpad for its next-generation infotainment interface, which it calls iDrive 8. The software allows for customization of menus and graphics, as well as a voice-activated assistant. A large 14.9-inch infotainment display combines with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster to create the iX's tech-forward dashboard design. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard across the board, and BMW will offer a Wi-Fi hotspot with a 5G cellular connection. An 18-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo system is standard, and BMW will also offer a 30-speaker Bowers & Wilkins setup as an option.

          Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

          BMW has not detailed what kind of driver-assistance features the iX will offer or whether they will be standard or optional, but an array of exterior cameras and the promise of a powerful on-board computer indicate there will be advanced autonomous or semi-autonomous self-driving capability. For more information about the iX's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

          • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
          • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
          • Available adaptive cruise control with semi-autonomous driving mode

            Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

            The iX should come standard with the same warranty coverage as BMW's other electrified model, i3 hatchback, which means basic coverage for four years or 50,000 miles and more generous protection for the electric-vehicle components. All new BMWs also come with a three-year complimentary maintenance plan.

            • Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
            • Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
            • EV components warranty covers eight years or 100,000 miles
            • Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles
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