BMW’s EV model onslaught continues with the introduction of yet another battery powered SUV, called the BMW iX M60. This new model is the first M-branded electric production crossover. Not to be confused with the BMW XM which is still a concept car. BMW says the new release incorporates the best of the three worlds of i, X and M.
The BMW iX M60 employs two electric motors and a massive battery pack, which delivers 111,5 kWh. The net result is a combined output of up to 455 kW and 1 100 N.m of torque when Sport mode and launch control are both active. In regular conditions a still punchy 397 kW and 1 015 N.m is on tap.
As a result of that massive power output BMW says the newcomer can sprint from rest to 100 km/h in 3,8 seconds and flat out it will do 250 km/h. The quoted range for a fully charged battery is 566 km, obviously at sedate speeds and moderate acceleration.
Agile as can be
BMW’s press material says that the BMW iX M60 is an agile SAV that was designed from the ground up to be a performance model. A concentration of mass low down, to lower the centre of gravity, a specifically tuned suspension and extensive use of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) all help to create a dynamic drive. The new model also has larger M Performance brakes, finished in blue paint with M logos that are covered by 21-inch wheels as standard with Titanium-finished 22s as an option.
High-tech and fully kitted
The BMW iX M60 is said to feature the most extensive range of standard equipment ever offered by BMW. These include the latest generation iDrive display and control system, a new BMW curved display and voice communication with BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, Navigation with the cloud-based BMW Maps system and Augmented Reality Video and data transmission using 5G.
Multifunction seats with integrated headrests, the large BMW Curved Display, a hexagonal steering wheel and the anthracite-coloured roof liner are all model-specific and standard on this range-leader. Other standard items include Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system, BMW Laser Light, comfort access, active seat ventilation and heating for front occupants.