Here is a teaser of the BMW iX3 electric SUV

BMW i | April 20th, 2018 by 59
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As announced exclusively by BMWBLOG a few weeks ago, the first fully electric BMW SUV – the iX3 – will debut this month at the Beijing Motor Show. The unveil is scheduled for next week when BMW will give us a web debut first, followed by the auto show appearance. Ahead of the launch, in the typical marketing approach put together recently by the Bavarians, the iX3 is being featured in a teaser.

The video already reveals the new kidney design of the BMW iX3, which clearly differentiate itself from the ordinary X3 and shares only the outer contour with the conventionally powered variants. It can also be clearly seen that the actual function of the air intake is eliminated, just like in the case of the purely electric i3, and instead it is merely a design element.

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The direct connection of the two kidneys does not only distinguish the electric X3 from the usual models, it is also suitable to attract the curiosity of casual observers. With the BMW iX3, the Munich-based company will be delivering a close-to-production preview of the electric version of the BMW X3 planned for 2020. According to numerous official announcements, the mid-range SUV will complement the electric fleet of the BMW Group and combine the practical qualities of the X3 with the advantages of an electric car.

The usual topics of range and performance will be unveiled next week in Beijing, so we expect to see real numbers being unveiled, rather than the typical “visions” associated with concepts.

59 responses to “Here is a teaser of the BMW iX3 electric SUV”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    This is where i draw the line. I’m fine with any shape of twin grilles. Big round tall edgy joint and even blocked like on the current i cars, in which case it’s not even a grille anymore but just a design feature. They all look like BMW twin grilles though, and that’s the important part

    But THIS abomination ??? Wtf ?! It barely even looks like a BMW Grille ! What was the point ??? Whose idea was this ??? Fire that man !!!

    • Giom says:

      Nah, I don’t mind it at all. I want it to look different and frankly, it’s not that big a departure from tradition. If you think about it, not one BMW design cue has any real function anymore. It’s all pure styling.

      • Pictor says:

        Did any of the design cue’s ever have a function? Design language is quite important. That grill (and that of the M2) looks like the Kia tiger nose that Peter Schreyer (formerly of Audi and now Hyundai-Kia) introduced to the Kia line as part of it’s design language. Is BMW now copying Kia?!

        I don’t find the design ugly but I don’t like the direction. Might as well just do away with a grill in an EV. After all the newer Model S Tesla looks better without the black oval (faux grill) of the earlier models. But keep the kidney’s on the ICE BMWs.

    • Icebreakerr says:

      100% agreed

    • jason bourne says:

      The M2 Competition has the same look… Sacrilege.

    • Nick says:

      I couldn’t agree more…. this looks like it came straight from a Kia. BMW what is this?

    • Central Lifestyle says:

      They definitely need to rethink the design. Or perhaps they’re trying to force Kia and Skoda to make a shift in their grille designs, who knows? My concern has to do with BMW choosing to release X3M before X4M, and iX3 before any mention of the electric version X4. X3 line just seems to be getting all the variants. If they released this iX3 and X4M before X3M, I would have no complaints, none at all.

      • disqus_8YchtRit8p says:

        SAC always follows SAV, coupes always more expensive niche variant of volume model. e.g., We’ve seen X7, X8 only a rumour.

    • Nuno G. says:

      Concur with that!!! At first sight it looks horrible!!!

  2. Icebreakerr says:


  3. DM says:

    By 2020?? This thing in two years time will be so unbelievably late to the game that it will seem archaic. Musk just committed Tesla to producing 6K units per day of the Model 3 and deliveries are starting to happen. By 2020, the likes of the Jaguar iPace and Model 3 will be so far ahead that BMW will find it difficult to keep their heads above water in a saturated market.

    This also assumes that the Mission E doesn’t spawn a BEV Macan/Cayenne and VAG stays stagnant in their progress towards volume EV production.

    • disqus_8YchtRit8p says:

      Do you know what year it is?

    • Matt Stokes says:

      I’m not sure why you’d believe anything Musk tells you. Also.. hyperbole, you use too much of it.

      • Cfox says:

        The only thing that Musk has said that is ever iffy is his expected production rate at a given time. Tesla has missed an unfortunate number of these timelines. The products are always as expected and promised, just a little later than he hoped. So he’s optimistic, not duplicitous.

        However, it does look now (hopefully, fingers crossed) that the model 3 ramp-up is finally on track. If they can ramp up to 6000/wk by end of june, then their production woes are over. And then the competition’s woes will seriously begin.

      • disqus_8YchtRit8p says:


      • DM says:

        I will remind myself the next time I greet my neighbor pulling out of his driveway that his Model 3 is… hyperbole. And that the vehicle is a quietly rolling testament of Musk’s undelivered promise.

  4. Arunabh says:

    Hello Kia !!

    BMW appears to have ran out of imagination and whatever they are doing in the name of progress isn’t classy or worthy enough to be called BMW.

    Very recently, latest Merc A class sedan’s image is leaked and that will tell you just how far the competition has moved ahead from BMW. BMW’s one series sedan feels so ancient compared to this new Merc.

    Either BMW is stuck or they are doing fanciful things.

  5. Tumelo Malumane says:


  6. Fib98 says:

    If the grills grow in size people complain… if the grills change shape people complain… if the grills are joined people complain… many of you don’t understand that design language while still staying true to its roots WILL evolve at one point or another and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it unless you have a degree in design.. Car design is under appreciated way too much (ie. comparing this to a KIA when in reality concept cars or even production ones aren’t produced from one day to the other. They are the product of months maybe even years of design evolution). Maybe this kidney grill will show a cohesive design to the overall vehicle body language, yet many of you choose to critique this… Basically all im saying is. Im pretty sure that if the designers got to Munich. They know what they are doing!

    • disqus_8YchtRit8p says:

      BMW = any publicity is good publicity.
      Since the Koreans use BMW in their p.r?
      We know who leads, who follows.
      Like hiring Audi’s designer.
      Guess BMW’s wasn’t available.

  7. Julien says:

    Kidneys are meltin baby

  8. CDspeed says:

    Why can’t BMW build an electric car without butchering their own design traditions? It still feels like they’re trying to separate electric cars from their traditional lineup. In future I’d rather buy an electric BMW that is just an electric BMW, but they seem to be avoiding that. The electric future doesn’t mean you need to throw out decades of tradition.

  9. Abdulah AlBassam says:

    Electric cars will never replace the hybrid and the petrol.
    Petrol cars are now very efficient and they are becoming more and more efficient.

    • BR117 says:

      And I supposed you’re going to tell me that oil will last forever too, right? Electric cars will replace petrol at some point, because it’s inevitable with the fundamental resource constraint.

      Also, countries like China have huge EV pushes going on because vehicle emissions are killing their citizens. Bans on petrol powered cars by 2040 and such are already in motion. During the transition, Hybrids will see a rise in popularity, but dense urban spaces that dont have range constraints will be majorly electric.

    • Cfox says:

      They already are. 50% of the cars sold in Norway last year were electric, and the trend is only growing. EVs are on the rise everywhere, while other car markets are sinking. It’s just a matter of time, and not that much time.

    • Mike says:

      “Petrol cars are now very efficient”
      You have a very low bar.

  10. Marques says:

    BMW OR KIA ???

  11. fathornyblackandjoe says:

    I like it. There, I said it. And you know what else? I liked it when the headlights touched the grille, too.

    I *DO* agree, though, that it’s taking BMW far too long to bring BEV to market. They were off to a great start, then…what happened?

  12. Senne says:

    I don’t get it… Why is everyone complaining about this? I do kinda like this evolution. I mean let’s see how it looks on the entire car. BMW has to keep evolving, why not try something new? I still think it looks good. KIA is the one copying BMW, not the other way around. The A Class on the other hand, that looks like an i30 and clearly, the i30 was on the market before the brand new A Class. Let’s wait before we judge, just based on the grilles. Yes, it’s iconic, yes they’ve always been split. But then again, they’ve turned them upside down on the X2. I like the look of that too. I like that they keep evolving.

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