The BMW iX Breaks Cover A Funky Steering Wheel and 300 Miles of Range

The all-electric BMW iX will arrive in 2022 with an $83,000-sticker price

At launch, the iX will be available in a single trim, the xDrive50. However, a more powerful M model will arrive in the future

BMW’s flagship all-electric SUV, the iX, has arrived. The automaker calls it the SAV – Sports Activity Vehicle – pretty much like the X7

The iX’s body shell is composed of CFRP, high-performance thermoplastics, high-strength steel, and aluminum

CFRP components also used for the side frame, rain channels, roof frame, cowl panel and rear window frame that together constitute a ‘Carbon Cage’

Up front, it features that massive kidney grille. It comes with sleek headlights and prominent lines on the hood

The grille is almost completely blocked and serves as an ‘intelligent sensor panel’ for the vehicle

The rear isn’t as loud as the face, but it features massive surrounds for the reflectors along with sleek taillights

The iX rides on 20-inch aero-optimized wheels as standard, but 21- and 22-inch Air Performance wheels will be offered as optional

BMW has managed to achieve a drag coefficient rating of 0.25, which is rather impressive for a vehicle this big

You can also opt for adaptive suspension setup and two-axle air suspension with automatic self-levelling

The cabin feels luxurious and follows the same template like any other EV - less buttons, more screens

It comes with a hexagonal steering wheel. It seems like a hybrid of a conventional steering and Tesla's Yoke steering which will be offered on its rival, the Model X

Behind the steering wheel is a curved screen that features the digital instrument cluster as well as the touchscreen infotainment system

BMW hasn't mentioned the dimensions, but the i4 features a similar setup with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system

It runs on BMW's iDrive 8 system and also comes with 5G connectivity and personal eSIM

The 2022 iX xDrive50 comes with a dual motor setup. The combined power output is rated at 516 ponies and 564 pound-feet of twist

It can sprint to 62 mph from rest in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 124 mph

The SUV is powered by a 111.5 kWh battery pack, 106.3 kWh of which is usable

It comes with an EPA-estimated range of 300 miles

When connected to a 11 kW wallbox charger, the iX can recuperate from 0 to 100-percent in 11 hours

The batteries also support fast charging up to 200 kW and can be charged from 10 to 80-percent in a little over 40 minutes

The 2022 BMW iX xDrive50 starts at $83,200 plus $995 destination charges. This doesn’t include the $7,500 federal tax credit

The 2022 BMW iX will arrive in the first quarter of 2022

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