Though it’s been some time since we’ve seen a new BMW i-Series model, the brand's EV lineup is far from dead. Bimmer proved this with the recent reveal of the upcoming all-electric 2022 BMW iX xDrive50.
The 2022 BMW iX will be roughly the length and width of the X5 and the height of the X6, which comfortably fits five adults, and it’ll feature a wild design that’s sure to garner plenty of stares. Remember the controversial new M3 and M4 grille? A similar grille is front and center on the 2022 BMW iX. Adding to its dramatic front-end design are thin LED headlights, available BMW Laserlights, a long hood with lines that converge on the grille, and a closed-up front bumper with blue accents.
Down the sides, the 2022 iX will feature flush door handles that pop out when needed, frameless windows, high-gloss B-pillars, a floating-roof design, thin mirror-integrated LED turn signals, black body cladding with blue accents, and 20-inch wheels. Customers may opt to upgrade to 21- or 22-inch Air Performance wheels.
Around back, the 2022 iX will wrap up its unique looks with thin LED taillights, a black lower bumper with blue accents, an aerodynamically enhanced rear diffuser, and more.
The 2022 BMW iX’s design will continue inside. The iX will feature top-notch natural leather seating, single-piece panoramic glass roof, lounge-style ambiance, limited buttons and knobs, hidden speakers, a hexagonal-shaped steering wheel, and a free-standing curved display. Other defining design cues will include diagonal-split door panels with integrated door pulls, diagonal-split two-tone seats, a leather-wrapped dashboard, and more. The iX will feel extra airy and roomy thanks to its lack of a center tunnel.
Powering the 2022 iX will be BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive technology. While Bimmer hasn’t fully revealed the powertrain details, we know this all-wheel-drive EV will deliver 516 horsepower and a sub-five-second 0-60 time. It’ll also boast about 300 miles of range fully charged. It includes DC fast-charging up to 195 kW, giving the iX 80% range in just under 40 minutes and 90 miles of range in just 10 minutes. On an 11 kW Level 2 charger, the iX will take about 11 hours to charge. Buyers and lessees will receive a $100 EVgo charging credit that can be used at EVgo and their partner network stations across the country.
The 2022 iX’s safety ratings won’t be available until we get closer to its on-sale date, and that’s if the IIHS and NHTSA even decide to test it, which is unlikely. The front collision warning system comes standard, and BMW reports a host of other safety features, including cross-traffic alert with braking, Evasion Assistant, Speed Limit Info and Speed Limit Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and their standard Driving Assistant system.