Two battery-powered BMW iX3 cars spotted outside
Spy photographers have managed to make a few photos of two latest BMW X3 crossover development mules – both wearing the customary camouflage and equipped with electric engines.
Both the hybrid and the all-electric car will most likely be released in 2019. Based on the photos published, one can safely conclude that the plug-in hybrid version of the BMW X3 is going to enter retail simultaneously with its all-electric counterpart – just as industry professionals predicted.
The vehicles have slight differences in exterior design – and the all-electric X3 obviously lacks any kind of exhaust outlet. As for the battery placement, most automotive experts believe the battery set to be located at the bottom part of both vehicles – a strategic placement for optimal road stability and maximum free space inside the car.
The new BMW X3 PHEV is likely to come to the market with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine and a single electric motor for up to 300 hp total output. As for the all-electric BMW iX3, even industry professionals tend to refrain from making assumptions this early on. There is one thing we know for sure, though, and it’s that both cars will come with a wide variety of systems and functions dedicated to steering assistance and safety.