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The new 2023 BMW iX M60 and iX xDrive40.

+++ The iX M60 with standard xDrive produces the highest torque figure ever in a production BMW at 811 lb-ft. +++ Canada to offer the entry level variant - iX xDrive40. +++ The two new versions join the previously announced xDrive50. +++ Market launch in June 2022. +++

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Richmond Hill, ON. Green light for the first BMW M automobile designed for purely electric mobility from the outset. The BMW Group presents the third, even more powerful model variant of its new technology flagship: the BMW iX M60. With an estimated peak output of 610 hp and peak torque of 811 lb-ft and an M specific suspension set-up, it adds an outstanding performance experience to the world of emission-free mobility.

The BMW iX M60 combines a vehicle concept consistently geared towards sustainability with the design of a modern Sports Activity Vehicle and thrilling dynamic driving characteristics. In this way it embodies the best of the three worlds of BMW i, the BMW X models and BMW M GmbH. With its technological highlights, which also include the areas of automated driving, operation and connectivity, the new BMW iX M60 represents a new understanding of advanced luxury, high performance and premium character.

BMW Group Canada is also proud to announce the introduction of the iX xDrive40. The xDrive40 will further expand BMW’s offering of electrified products in Canada and provide increased choice and flexibility for Canadian customers.

Sales of both versions are set to begin in June 2022.

 

iX xDrive40

BMW Group Canada now confirms the new xDrive40 will join the iX’s core version, the xDrive50, and the new M60 in Canadian showrooms. The iX xDrive40 comes equipped with a 71kWh, high-voltage battery and dual electric motors that produce 322 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. It will go 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds, with a top speed of 200 km/h. An estimated EPA range is soon to be announced.

The xDrive40 comes with all-wheel drive as standard and is still capable of the same impressive charging times as other versions of the iX, charging from 10-80% in as little as 31 minutes. The xDrive40 will go on sale in Canada with a base price of $79,990.

 

iX M60

The start signal for electric mobility in hallmark BMW M brand style.

The BMW iX M60 accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in only 3.8 seconds. The vehement power delivery of its M specific electric drive continues steadily into high load ranges, so that the increase in speed also remains almost constant up to the electronically limited maximum speed of 250 km/h. The BMW iX M60 has an estimated range of up to 450 kilometres.

The debut of the BMW iX M60 marks a milestone in the history of BMW M GmbH, which began 50 years ago. Together with the BMW i4 M50, it embodies the arrival of the BMW M brand into the segment of electrified performance cars. The extreme power and precise control of the electric all-wheel drive, together with the highly responsive actuator-based wheel slip limitation and a suspension technology that includes, among other things, an M specifically tuned dual-axle air suspension with automatic level control, ensure hallmark BMW M driving experience, agility and precision.

The BMW iX M60 is manufactured together with the other model variants of the all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) at the BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. The venue for its world premiere will be the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (USA) in January 2022. The Canadian market launch of the iX M60 will begin in June 2022 with a starting price of $121,750.

 

Balanced vehicle concept, extremely sporty orientation.

The vehicle concept of the BMW iX provides an ideal basis for an all-electric SAV with high-performance characteristics. Both the body structure and the design principle as well as suspension set-up are geared towards combining superior ride comfort with sporty handling characteristics. The aluminum spaceframe concept and the carbon cage with carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the roof, side and rear sections are an intelligent mix of materials that combines increased rigidity with optimized weight. The use of CFRP to reduce weight has a long tradition at BMW M GmbH. The particularly lightweight high-tech material already achieved great results in combining engine performance and weight in the BMW M3 CSL, which was introduced in 2003. BMW M GmbH thus pioneered the use of CFRP in large-scale automotive production. In numerous current BMW M GmbH high-performance sports cars, a standard carbon fibre roof and other components made of CFRP are part of the intelligent lightweight construction principle.

The BMW iX M60’s performance, efficiency and range also benefit from its optimized aerodynamic properties, which give it a drag coefficient (Cvalue) of 0.27. The high-voltage battery is located deep down in the underbody, lowering the vehicle's centre of gravity which ensures agile handling as well as balanced axle load distribution. That is why the performance characteristics of the BMW iX M60 are not only characterized by fascinatingly spontaneous acceleration, but also by outstanding cornering dynamics and handling that can be precisely controlled at all times, even in highly dynamic situations. The perfectly balanced driving characteristics give the BMW iX M60 a confident and light-footed feel at all speeds. It can also be driven at the physical limits giving the driver clear feedback in typical BMW M style.

 

First BMW M automobile based on the new future modular system.

The BMW iX M60 combines its typical M performance characteristics with the exceptionally advanced technology of the BMW Group's new future modular system in the areas of automated driving, operation, connectivity and digital services. This creates an experience of premium mobility that is unique in the competitive environment. The completely redeveloped interior architecture also contributes to this, creating an exceptionally generous feeling of space.

Like the other model variants, the BMW iX M60 features the most extensive range of standard equipment ever offered by BMW in the field of driver assistance systems as well as numerous innovations. A new generation of sensors, a new software stack and a powerful computing platform also provide considerable potential for consistently advancing assisted driving and parking functions.

The latest generation iDrive display and control system expands the interaction between driver and vehicle allowing natural dialogue. The new BMW iDrive 8 operating system has been designed with a clear focus on the touch function of the new BMW Curved Display and voice communication with the extensively enhanced BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. The Remote Software Upgrades offer the possibility to install new and improved vehicle functions over-the-air. Navigation with the cloud-based BMW Maps system and Video Augmented Reality on the Control Display ensures fast and precise route planning as well as perfect traffic guidance.

 

Clear design language, innovative feeling of space, comprehensive features and equipment.

The powerful proportions of a modern SAV, reduced surface design and precise details characterize the clear exterior look and give the BMW iX M60 its distinctive presence. The brake calipers of the sports brake system painted in blue and featuring an M logo, the Titanium Bronze Exterior Trim and M logos in the new High Gloss Black/Titanium Bronze finish on the front side panels and the rear of the vehicle provide clear indications of the high-performance character of the BMW iX M60. 22-inch aerodynamic wheels featuring exclusive Titanium Bronze design are optional.

The spacious, high-quality and innovatively designed interior helps the driver concentrate on driving actively while also providing travel comfort and the pleasure of progressive luxury. Multifunction seats with integrated headrests, the large BMW Curved Display, the hexagonal steering wheel and the anthracite-coloured roof liner enhance driving pleasure. The elimination of the centre tunnel creates additional legroom as well as space for storage and a centre console designed in the style of a high-quality piece of furniture. The optional Suite interior includes natural leather seats, instrument panel, centre console and door trim surfaces, as well as Gold Bronze surfaces and controls. Regardless of the selected display layout and the activated My Mode, an M logo is shown in the left-hand area of the information display.

The exclusive character of the BMW iX M60 is further emphasized by its comprehensive level of equipment. This includes BMW Digital Cockpit Professional and BMW Natural Interaction, which allows functions to be operated using speech and gestures, the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, BMW Laser Light, Comfort Access, Active Seat Ventilation for driver and front passenger and the Heat Comfort Package.

 

Holistic sustainability concept: Controlled raw material extraction, production using 100 percent green electricity, high proportion of natural and recycled materials.

Responsibly using resources throughout the entire value chain and the maximum reduction of the CO2 footprint across the entire product life cycle express how BMW i understands and defines forward-looking premium mobility. This holistic approach is consistently implemented in vehicle development, throughout the supply chain and in the production of the BMW iX M60. The BMW i brand stands for both ecological and social sustainability.

The supply of cobalt and lithium required for the high-voltage batteries is procured by the BMW Group from controlled sources in Australia and Morocco and delivered to the battery cell manufacturers. The design principle of the electric motors makes it possible to dispense with the use of rare earth metals in the rotors of the drives. In addition, the company purchases aluminum, which is produced using electricity from solar energy plants.

100 per cent green electricity is used for manufacturing the vehicles as well as for manufacturing battery cells. A high proportion of secondary aluminum and recycled plastic also contributes to the resource-efficient production of the BMW iX M60. The interior features FSC-certified wood, leather tanned with olive tree leaf extract and other natural materials. Among other things, recycled fishing nets serve as raw material for floor coverings and floor mats.

 

Specifications

 

 

iX xDrive40

iX M60

Seats

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5

Number of Doors

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4

Drive type

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AWD

Length

mm

4,953

Width

mm

1,967

Width with mirrors

mm

2,230

Height

mm

1,696

Wheelbase

mm

3,000

Curb weight

kg

2,422

2,617

GVWR

kg

3,010

3,120

Payload

kg

514

455

Weight distribution, front / rear

%

49.1 / 50.9

47.5 / 52.5

Ground clearance

mm

223

223

Turning diameter

m

6.16

6.16

Head room, front / rear

mm

1,066 / 1,004

Shoulder room, front / rear

mm

1,562 / 1,481

Legroom, front / rear

mm

1,022 / 987

Luggage capacity (EPA)

litres

1,005 – 2,205

Engine type

--

5th generation electric synchronous

Combined output

 

322 hp / 465 lb-ft

532 hp / 749 lb-ft

Max combined output in Sport Boost

hp

N/A

610

Max combined torque in Launch mode

lb-ft

N/A

811

Output, front motor / rear motor

hp

N/A

255 / 483

Transmission

 

Single-speed automatic

High-voltage battery

 

Lithium-Ion

Voltage

V

330.3

369

Capacity

Ah

232

303

Energy capacity, gross / net

kWh

76.6 / 71.6

111.5 / 106.3

Charging time, 0-100% AC

hours

21.75 @ 3.7 kW / 16A

33 @ 3.7 kW / 16A

Charging time, 0-100% AC

hours

10.75 @ 7.4 kW / 32A

16 @ 7.4 kW / 32A

Charging time, 0-100% AC

hours

8.25 @ 9.6 kW / 40A

12.25 @ 9.6 kW / 40A

Charging time, 0-100% AC

hours

7.25 @ 11 kW / 48A

10.25 @ 11 kW / 48A

Charging time, 10-80% DC

minutes

73 @ 50 kW / 25A

97 @ 50 kW / 25A

Charging time, 10-80% DC

minutes

41 @ 100 kW / 250 A

49 @ 100 kW / 250 A

Charging time, 10-80% DC

minutes

31 @ 250 kW / 500 A max.

35 @ 250 kW / 500 A max.

Maximum charging, AC

kW

11

Maximum charging, DC

kW

150

195

Steering type

 

EPS

Steering ratio

:1

16.0

Track, front / rear

mm

1,674 / 1,705

1,677 / 1,706

Cx

--

0.25

0.27

0-100 km/h

seconds

6.1

3.8

Top speed (w/ all-season / summer perf. tires)

km/h

200

210 / 250

EPA range with 21-inch wheels

km

TBD

450

EPA range with 22-inch wheels

km

TBD

TBD

 

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