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BMW takes wraps off 500PS, 373-mile iX fully-electric SUV

7 BMW iX

BMW has unveiled its iX: its first purpose-built fully electric SUV, offering more than 500PS and a range of up to 373 miles.

A similar size to the X5, it will rival the Audi e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC when it goes into production in the second half of 2021.

The iX features two electric motors – a 121PS one to drive the front wheels and a 400PS on to power the rear wheels.

It will be offered with different battery options with the range-topping model featuring a battery of more than 100kWh.

The iX can be charged at up to 200kW, allowing the battery to be charged from 10% to 80% in under 40 minutes.

The standard charger works at 11kW which means the battery can be charged from 10% to 80% in 11 hours.

BMW says the iX will offer a new level of connectivity through the presence of 5G and cloud technology, with some functions which need a lot of computing power carried out in the cloud, where they can be processed faster than in the car.

Frank Weber, member of the board of management of BMW AG, Development, said: “We are setting new industry standards with the technology in the BMW iX.

“The iX has more computing power for data processing and more powerful sensor technology than the newest vehicles in our current line-up, is 5G-capable, will be given new and improved automated driving and parking functions and uses the high-performing fifth generation of our electric drive system.”

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