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Beijing 2018: Closer Look at the new BMW iX3 Coming in 2020

All-electric crossover to be produced in China, sold worldwide By ,

BMW is introducing its brand-new BMW iX3 concept car at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show this week, and has released more-detailed images of the crossover’s exterior. The virtually production-ready model will be built in China but sold throughout the world, including North America.

BMW iX3
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BMW iX3

The new crossover, identical in size to BMW’s regular X3, will be powered by an electric motor working from a 70-kWh battery system. European testing has given the powertrain a range of around 400 km, or roughly the same as what is being proposed by the Jaguar I-PACE, sure to be a main rival of the latest i-Beemer. Another model it figures to do battle with is the upcoming new Audi e-tron Quattro, expected before the end of 2018.

BMW iX3
Photo: BMW
BMW iX3

One noticeable design trait distinguishing the all-electric X3 is the modified front grille, which is no longer BMW’s distinctive twin-kidney variety such as we’ve known it since seemingly forever. Blue front-end accents provide further indications of the electric powertrain propelling the model.

BMW iX3
Photo: BMW
BMW iX3

The model is set to hit the market in 2020, but it’s clear that the version being introduced in Beijing is production-ready or very close to it. The version rolling out of BMW’s assembly plant in Shenyang, China will look very much like what we’re seeing here.

BMW iX3
Photo: BMW
BMW iX3
BMW iX3
Photo: BMW
BMW iX3
BMW iX3
Photo: BMW
BMW iX3
BMW iX3
Photo: BMW
BMW iX3
BMW iX3
Photo: BMW
BMW iX3
BMW iX3
Photo: BMW
BMW iX3