BMW Group plans on bringing 3 new EVs to India in the next 6 months. The iX Flagship SUV will be the first to set foot. Following this will be an electric hatchback from the subsidiary, Mini and then the all-electric i4 sedan.
Compared to its competitors, BMW is late to get into the EV market in India. Mercedes has already introduced the EQE, EQS, EQB and EQC. Audi recently introduced the e-tron series such as the e-tron Sportback, e-tron, e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT.
Vikram Pawah, BMW India President and CEO told PTI “We’ve already done that and this is giving us a lot of results because our growth is very solid in the first ten months. We are taking the product offensive to the next level and this whole offensive is aimed at pure electric mobility.”
BMW iX flagship SUV
Based on the Vision iNext concept showcased back in 2018, the iX will be the BMWs technology flagship model. The electric SUV will go into production in 2022 globally.
The iX is BMWs vision of future mobility. The EV will only use either natural or recycled materials. BMW also mentioned that the iX will be produced with 100% “green electricity” and will use non of the rare earth materials and raw materials from deep-sea mining.
The iX will be available in two variants with different power outputs and ranges. All-wheel-drive is standard on both these models, thanks to the two electric motors used (one on each axle). As far as the performance is concerned, the iX just takes 6.1 seconds to go from 0-100 kmph. The estimated range of these models is 425 and 630 kms.
The BMW plans on launching the iX on 11th December and delivery to begin in 2022. It will face competition from the Mercedes EQC, Audi e-tron and Jaguar I-Pace.
The Mini Cooper SE
The next addition to the BMW group EV portfolio is the Mini SE. The hatchback follows a similar design as its ICE counterparts with subtle changes. New blanked out front grille with yellow accents spread all over the car, differentiates it from its counterparts.
Powering the hatchback is a 32.6 kWh battery coupled to a single electric motor. It produces a total of 184bhp and 270Nm of torque with an estimated range between 235-270 kms. With a 50kW charge point, the EV can be charged from 0-80% in just 35 mins.
Mini has already commenced the pre-bookings for the SE and delivery is to begin from April 2022. The downside could be that Mini is bringing the SE through the CBU unit which bumps up the price.
BMW i4 Sedan
The i4 is a low-slung 5-door all-electric sedan based on the brand’s 4-series Gran Coupe. Inspired from the I Vision Dynamics the i4 has an unmistakable new front grille. The two variants, eDrive40 and M50 get the same 80.7 kWh battery. The eDrive40 trim has a rear-mounted single motor delivering 335 bhp. The M50 on the other hand has two motors, one on each axle pushing out 536bhp.
BMW Group’s say on bringing EVs to India
BMW has committed itself to bringing 3 EVs in the next 180 days. When questioned about this, Mr Pawah mentioned “We always promise that whatever global products are available, we’ll bring it to India, specially in the electric space. I think our customers in the premium segment require the latest and the greatest products available”.