BMW iX3 Electric Spied With New Fascia

FEB 27 2018 BY C SMITH 18

BMW isn’t being very secretive with its new electric vehicle.

Often times the exciting world of automotive spy photography can be filled with mystery, what with all the fake body panels and crazy camouflage wrap. It can sometimes be very difficult to figure out what we’re looking at, never mind what might be lurking under the hood. That’s not the case with this machine, which is clearly a BMW X3 SUV that’s completely undisguised. Moreover, we can tell you with absolute certainty this is, in fact, an all-electric version that BMW is testing, hence the iX3 designation. How do we know this? Simple: BMW tells us so.

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Even if it wasn’t literally spelled out on the side, this prototype’s lack of visible exhaust at the back and a plug-in port on the fender would be dead giveaways. This marks the second time we’ve caught the all-electric iX3 out and about, but despite the lack of camo there are some mysteries to be solved. This model sports a slightly different front fascia, which leads us to believe this could be wearing a production-style face used to differentiate it from the pack.

BMW ix3

We also don’t know exactly how this X3 will handle its electric power. All-wheel drive is pretty much assured, but will it utilize a single motor or dual motors? How much power will be available for drivers? There’s also the question of range, and while we have no information on any of these tidbits, it’s not unrealistic to think BMW might benchmark the Tesla Model X which can deliver a range between 235 and 290 miles.

BMW ix3

As this is only the second time we’ve seen BMW testing its iX3, we’re still early in the process. In fact, we don’t expect to see this SUV until late next year, when it will be joined by a hybrid version with potentially 300 horsepower and 30 miles of all-electric range.

BMW ix3

BMW ix3

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18 Comments on "BMW iX3 Electric Spied With New Fascia"

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DJ

Wow, those look like total spy shots. Some guy with a high end camera just so happened to be out in the middle of nowhere in freezing cold weather just as this drove by. From multiple angles and locations even!!!

All the camo does is beg the question what is it and get people taking more pics of it. Remove it and I’m willing to bet a lot of their supposed top secret cars would stay secret longer when they drive them out in the public.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

LMAO……..you’re killin me dude.

John Doe

Arjeplog in Sweden. Loads of cars during winter testing, and loads of carparazzies.
Winter testing is the main source of income there.

Given the lack of camo, means it is so close to production that it does not matter, or they’re testing the looks in public through media feedback. Either way, it is free ads for BMW.
As for the camera, they are allways high end models, costing almost the same as a cheap car model. Sometimes more.

HVACman

With nothing but snow in the background, white is about as good as standard mottled “camo” wrap for obscuring subtle shape details.

offib

Wait wait wait wait… how are we saying that the i3x is all-electric? I see two fuel filler flaps on the car. Did I miss something?

dan

It’s a test mule. It’s the same car for both BEV and PHEV versions. The pure BEV version will likely have a different panel.

MPugh

The door has a sticker that reads “Electric Test Vehicle.” BMW is very literal, their hybrids including PHEV’s say “Hybrid Test Vehicle.” So weird seeing “Hybrid Test Vehicle” on i3 REx’s but technically it is; so with all of that said, this is a fully electric x3.

dan

I wish they had gone with the minimalist, streamlined blue kidney grille from the i series instead of the old fashioned “flared nostrils” look of the X series grille.

Skeptic

Yes, and the same old, same old BMW SUV look is still here, in its second decade. Why not design an all-electric platform to maximize space, and please get rid of that huge kidney grill!

John Doe

Probably since they sell well, and the grill is active. It can open and close the air intake.
They are probably afraid to change the design too much, and alienate their current customer base (who are going to buy this model). Playing it safe in other words.

Clive

Close.

The new CLAR platform will allow electric phev or ice Configurations

Dylan Miller

Ugh. Why not til late next year!? It looks like it’s done!

Patrick

Don’t want to test at the consumer, and I guess much of the battery supply isn’t coming online earlier.

dan

They’re already selling it. First orders have gone to their own employees on the testing team. ?

ffbj

Looks a lot better than the i3.

Cmi551

Nope. It’s just plain Jane ugly. I3 is advanced and futuristic.

Robert

Keep calm. They will change the design to distinguish it from the ICE variant. Using parts from a series production car is much cheaper.

PHEVfan

When, oh when is BMW going to get into the 21st century and lose the Hitler mustache front grille?
I realize it is their ‘brand recognition’ feature, but other car companies have successfully changed their main feature over the years.