Not wanting to be left behind by the Electric Vehicle (EV) wave, SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp., which is in charge of BMW cars distributions locally, launched their first-ever all-electric vehicle; the BMW iX.
BMW Philippines launches all-electric 2022 iX model
Suffice it to say, the BMW iX is a head-turner, in a striking and imposing way. Its design is far from subtle, and the iX is eager to show that it’s no ordinary BMW. The iX features the striking (but controversial) “Kidney Lung” grille found in most BMWs these days and is flanked by sharp LED headlights and below feature blue accents that showcase its eco-minded nature.
Inside the BMW iX, you get a 12.3-inch information display for the driver and a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment display for the entertainment features. In addition, smartphone integration apps such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come as standard, there’s also a storage for wireless charging. The audio system is courtesy of a Harman Kardon surround-sound system.
Now for the all-electric powertrain, the iX has BMW’s fifth-generation eDrive technology that puts out 326 PS and 630 Nm of torque. Because it’s an xDrive40 model, the local iX is an all-wheel-drive vehicle. BMW says the iX can travel up to 372 km on a single charge.
With regard to safety, the BMW iX is equipped with a total of six airbags. There’s also dynamic stability and traction control (DSC & DTC), cornering brake control (CBC), and hill descent control (HDC). The iX also has cruise control with a braking function together with a front collision warning system. Lastly, there’s park assist with front and rear park distance control (PDC). A total of five cameras, five radar sensors, and 12 ultrasonic sensors are used to monitor the vehicle’s surroundings.
The BMW iX is now available for pre-orders locally, prospective buyers will have to shell out PHP 6,290,000. Worried about charging? BMW has you covered, with every purchase of the iX comes with a wall box charger that will be installed in the customer’s home and a portable charger. The warranty for the iX is a 5-year BMW factory warranty, 8-year high-voltage battery warranty, and 6-year BMW service inclusive warranty.