BMW’s iX3 electric SUV range is about to get a dramatically lower entry price.
The entry-level BMW iX3 M Sport arrives at the end of 2023, priced from $89,100 before on-road costs.
That’s $15,800 less than the standard model, which is currently priced at $104,900 before on-roads.
It slides in under the Luxury Car Tax (LCT) threshold for fuel-efficient vehicles while also being eligible for the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) electric car exemption.
The M Sport will sit at the bottom of a revised iX3 line-up with an “adjusted equipment offering”, with an M Sport Pro variant sitting atop the range.
Pricing and specifications for the M Sport Pro have yet to be announced, while BMW hasn’t released photos of either variant.
All iX3 variants will use the same single-motor rear-wheel drive powertrain, producing 210kW of power and 400Nm of torque with a claimed 0-100km/h time of 6.8 seconds.
The iX3 uses an 80kWh battery (74kWh useable) with claimed ADR 81/02 range of 461km. It can be charged at up to 11kW using AC power, or 150kW using DC power.
While the new M Sport offers a considerably lower price than the current iX3, it still offers the following equipment as standard:
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- M Sport package
- Metallic paint
- Panoramic glass sunroof
- Comfort Access
- Heated front sports seats
- Leather upholstery
- Adaptive suspension
- Parking Assistant including reversing camera
It also includes the Driving Assistant Professional suite of technology, which comprises:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Automatic speed limit assist
- Blind-spot monitoring
- Front cross-traffic assist
- Lane-keep assist
- Rear cross-traffic assist
- Speed sign recognition
- Steering and Lane Control Assistant
A more detailed equipment list for the M Sport and M Sport Pro has yet to be revealed.
The current, unnamed iX3 variant includes features like adaptive LED headlights, Vernasca leather upholstery, power front seats, a head-up display, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, wireless phone charger, tri-zone climate control, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system running iDrive 7 with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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