The 2022 BMW iX xDrive50 is the automaker’s pioneer electric SUV that offers a host of top-level technologies, with its 14.9-inch infotainment display being a compelling feature. As the EV revolution continues to expand in the automobile industry, more vehicle manufacturers have seen the potential benefits of electrified mobility and have continued to release all-electric or hybrid vehicles. Tesla may be the most successful EV maker today, but automakers like Ford, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW, aren’t exactly pushovers and pose a threat to the Elon Musk-led company.
BMW has come a long way in its efforts to join the EV market since the i3 hatchback was launched in 2014 as the German automaker’s first-ever EV. As BMW’s first electric SUV, the iX xDrive50 is expected to make a bold statement and the luxury vehicle does that effortlessly. BMW will also roll out a new addition to the iX family in 2023 called the M60, a high-performance variant. That model will produce up to 610 hp and come with a significantly higher starting price of $105,100.
The BMW iX xDrive50 features a terrific electric powertrain, an exquisite interior, and over 300 miles of EV driving range. The iX xDrive50 retails for $83,200 excluding the destination and handling fee which is $995. Additional expenses may include tax, title, license, and registration. A $7,500 Federal Tax Credit is available upon purchase, though buyers should consult a tax professional to ascertain credit availability and eligibility. Buyers of the iX XDrive50 will enjoy a maximum output of 516 hp and 564 lb-ft of torque powered by dual all-electric motors and a 111.5 kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery pack. The iX XDrive50 can race up to 60 mph from zero within 4.4 seconds. When fully charged, this EV has a driving range of up to 324 miles while 10 minutes of DC Fast Charge offers a range of up to 90 miles. All-wheel-drive (AWD) configuration comes as a standard feature.
BMW offers a new charging program called BMW Charging. This program caters to all BMW EVs by providing personalized home and public charging solutions. One of the things that make folks averse to EVs is the hassle of charging, especially for models that are compatible with a select few charging stations. Tesla’s network of Supercharger stations is part of the California-based automaker’s efforts to attract a wide range of buyers, especially those that frown on EVs. BMW’s program comprises a BMW Wallbox, two years of complimentary on-the-go charging with Electrify America, and a new Flexible Fast Charger.
With the BMW Wallbox, drivers can charge the iX XDrive50 with a Level 2 charger that can be installed in the garage for rapid charging whenever needed. The Wallbox enables the iX XDrive50 to be charged from 0 to 100 percent within 12 hours. The complimentary offer with Electrify America covers 30-minute charging sessions beginning on the day of vehicle purchase. The Flexible Fast Charger facilitates convenient EV charging and is compatible with any 120V or 240V outlet. With this medium, the EV can attain a full charge from 0 percent within 12 hours at a 240V outlet.
Drivers can manage their iX XDrive50 using the My BMW App available on Android and iPhone. The app comes in handy for heating the cabin and monitoring the charge and available range status. With the app, drivers can also locate available charging stations. The electric SUV’s interior features standard Ambient Lighting, a mode that floods the cabin with many colors that can be customized to fit the driver’s needs. Additional technologies include BMW TeleServices, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple Carplay, and Android Auto. The BMW iX xDrive50 safety features include automatic high beams, frontal collision warning, and active blind-spot detection, among others.
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