The BMW iX3, BMW i4 and BMW iNEXT undergo Arctic Circle testing

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Prototypes of the next all-electric models from BMW i are jointly undergoing comprehensive vehicle tests at the BMW Group’s winter test center in Arjeplog, Sweden.

BMW i is preparing to launch the next generation of solely electrically powered models. Three of the brand’s electric models are currently going through a key phase of their series development process in Arjeplog. Together with the BMW iX3, already due to go on sale next year, the BMW i4 and the BMW iNEXT, due to be brought to market in 2021, are also completing an intensive test program.

Within the framework of comprehensive vehicle testing, the cars’ drive and suspension components are being put to the test under extreme weather and road conditions.

Starting next year, the BMW iX3 will feature the fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology for the first time, with an exceptionally powerful electric motor and a high-voltage storage unit featuring state-of-the-art battery cell technology. With a range of over 400km (250 miles) and the ability to use DC charging stations with a capacity of 150kW to charge its battery, the first all-electric SAV is ideally suitable for day-to-day use and long-distance travel. The BMW iX3 will be the first model produced for the entire global market by the BMW Brilliance automotive joint venture at the Chinese production site in Shenyang.
The BMW i4, a four-door coupe in the premium midrange segment, combines a dynamic design with inspiring performance and a high level of ride comfort. Fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology featured by the BMW i4 facilitates a range of over 600km (370 miles). Moreover, the electric motor’s spontaneous power development can be utilized to achieve a dynamic driving experience. The BMW i4 sprints from a standstill to 100km/h (62mph) in four seconds and reaches a top speed of over 200km/h (124mph). The BMW i4 will be produced at the BMW Munich plant starting 2021.
With the proportions and dimensions of a luxury Sports Activity Vehicle, a fifth-generation electric drive unit and systems for highly automated driving, the BMW iNEXT combines the latest innovations in design, automated driving, connectivity, electrification and services (D+ACES).

BMW eDrive ensures a range exceeding 600km and the car is equipped with the latest connectivity features and designed for Level 3 automated driving. The BMW Group’s new technology flagship will be produced at the BMW Dingolfings plant from 2021.

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Tara has worked for UKi Media & Events since 2013, initially as a freelancer. She has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a range of publications, including Personnel Today, Management Today and The Grocer.

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