“The New 2022 BMW iX xDrive50 press release has been updated with EPA
range information indicating an EPA range of up to 324 miles with
20-inch wheels, 305-miles with 21-inch wheels and 315 miles with
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 1, 2021…BMW is proud to
announce the BMW iX xDrive50. Conceived from the outset as purely
electric mobility, the iX sees BMW redefining its successful Sports
Activity Vehicle (SAV) concept. The BMW iX has been created to provide
something beyond just mobility – an exhilarating driving experience
combined with a sense of well-being for both drivers and passengers
all the while enjoying the journey with safety, security and in luxury.
The iX xDrive50 brings together the company’s latest developments in
the fields of design, sustainability, connectivity, electrification
and digital services. The expertise accumulated by the BMW Group over
many years in the area of sustainability has been channeled into the
manufacturing of the BMW iX xDrive50. The most exacting environmental
requirements have been put in place throughout the value chain and for
the full life cycle of the car. Key components include closely
monitored raw materials extraction, the exclusive use of electricity
from renewable sources in the production process and an
extraordinarily high proportion of recycled materials.
Some of the advanced technology features making their BMW debut in
the 516 hp iX include DC fast charging at up to 195 kW, available 5G
and Personal eSIM support, a single-piece panoramic glass roof with
electrochromic shading, the BMW Curved Display and iDrive 8, BMW
Digital Key Plus with ultra-wideband radio technology, available
Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound with 4D audio and the iconic
BMW kidney grille serving as an intelligent sensor panel with
A more powerful iX M60 model, with over 600 hp and the first
all-electric Sports Activity Vehicle from BMW M GmbH, is planned for
Body and Chassis Design
The BMW iX body structure’s aluminum spaceframe construction features
an intelligent material mix that increases rigidity and minimizes
weight. This also has a beneficial effect on passive safety, driving
dynamics and electric power consumption. The mix of materials for the
bodyshell includes CFRP and high-performance thermoplastics, along
with high-strength steels and aluminum.
Light, yet extremely torsion resistant CFRP components for the side
frame, rain channels, roof frame, cowl panel and rear window frame
together form a ‘Carbon Cage’ in the BMW iX body. The BMW Group has
employed its many years of experience in working with this high-tech
lightweight material – amassed during production of the BMW i models
and the current BMW 7 Series – to use CFRP intelligently to reinforce
the body while saving weight. The Carbon Cage has evolved from the
Carbon Core used in the 7 Series and allows the best qualities of this
high-tech material to also be appreciated visually.
Fitting a lightweight CFRP side frame reduces the vehicle’s weight
while helping to keep its center of gravity low. The cowl panel and
rear window frame components are manufactured from continuous
fiber-reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP) using an all-new production
method. The innovative blend of materials forms the basis for an
exceptionally slim profile that adds to the sense of spaciousness in
the cabin. Brackets for control units, washer fluid lines and wiring
harnesses can also be incorporated into these components. The CFRTP
construction increases stiffness while achieving a weight saving
of some 10 pounds compared to similar elements made of steel.
The CFRP used in the side frame and at the rear lends an added visual
appeal to the BMW iX: the carbon components’ fiber structures clearly
stand out in the entrance area and when the tailgate is open,
providing a reminder of the car’s high-tech character.
The front double-wishbone suspension gives the iX precise steering
characteristics and excellent ride comfort. This design principle
separates the wheel guidance and shock absorber functions, ensuring
optimum road contact over the suspension’s full range of travel. As a
result, high levels of lateral acceleration can be achieved without
compromising ride comfort. The rigid connection of the aluminum front
axle subframe to the body factors into the steering’s direct response
feel. An aluminum shear panel combines with the high-voltage battery
module to further increase front end rigidity. Aluminum is also used
for the suspension strut forks, swivel bearings and control arms,
resulting in further weight savings. The elastic bearing in the front
axle subframe for the front electric motor ensures optimum acoustic
isolation from the body.
The rear suspension is of a five-link design. The rear control arms
and rear axle subframe are made from aluminum. The rear motor has an
elastic mounting inside the axle subframe that offers effective
acoustic isolation. By bolting the spring struts to the bottom of the
camber arms, the axle’s overall height is reduced, thereby improving
both the through-loading width and the luggage capacity of the BMW iX.
Lift-Related Shock Absorbers
BMW iX includes front and rear anti‑roll bars as well as a
lift-related damping system that plays a major part in achieving the
balance between sport and comfort. Extra hydraulic damping
is incorporated into the shock, which adjusts the firmness
progressively according to the changing suspension travel. This
prevents excessive body dive when driving over large bumps, while low
damping forces around the middle damping position ensure a high level
of comfort when travelling over minor road imperfections.
The first line of defence against body vibrations is the conventional
piston and base valve. Only with greater degree of suspension lift
will a second piston drop down into the inner sleeve of the shock to
generate an additional damping effect. The lift-related extra damping
is provided on rebound at the front suspension and during compression
at the rear.
The spring struts feature a triple-path strut mount, where the
suspension spring and auxiliary spring are connected directly to the
body, while the rubber mount only must absorb the damping forces,
allowing the elastokinematics to be tuned independently of vehicle load.
Optional Two-Axle Air Suspension
The BMW iX is available with an optional adaptive suspension
including electronically controlled shocks and two-axle air suspension
with automatic self-levelling. A range of shock settings and ride
heights can be selected to shift the emphasis of the driving
experience further towards either comfort or sport.
The front and rear shocks are controlled individually for each wheel.
This increases agility and body stability when cornering at speed,
while also enhancing ride comfort. Damping force is adapted by means
of continuously adjustable valves, which are controlled to adjust
force as in just a few milliseconds after factoring in longitudinal
and lateral acceleration, vehicle speed, steering angle, body
acceleration and wheel acceleration at the front axle. There is a
choice of two shock control settings – for sporty driving or a more
comfortable ride respectively.
The adaptive two-axle air suspension keeps the BMW iX at the optimum
ride height at all speeds, regardless of the load. The suspension’s
air supply is controlled individually for each wheel, making it
possible to balance out an unevenly loaded car. The height of the body
can be adjusted manually using a button on the center console. In the
default setting, the car’s body automatically drops by 0.4-inches when
the vehicle speed exceeds 87 mph, improving not just high-speed
directional stability, but aerodynamic properties and therefore range.
The body can also be raised by 0.8-inches for extra ground clearance.
Selecting SPORT mode lowers the body by 0.4-inches throughout the
entire speed range.
Servotronic and Integral Active Steering
The BMW iX comes standard with Servotronic speed-sensitive power
assistance with a variable rack ratio. Making its debut in the BMW iX,
the new steering gear ensures exceptional directional stability for
straight-line driving at high speeds together with excellent precision
and feedback when cornering. Steering comfort when parking and
maneuvering at low speeds is also improved.
The optional Integral Active Steering adds rear-wheel steering and
gives the BMW iX excellent straight-line stability and agility, while
also enhancing lane change maneuvers. Turning the rear wheels in
either the same or the opposite direction to the front wheels,
depending on vehicle speed, makes the car nimbler when driving in
urban traffic or cornering, while also allowing lane changes to be
performed more comfortably at moderate to high speeds. It also gives
the BMW iX noticeably superior low-speed maneuverability when entering
and exiting parking spaces.
Electric All-Wheel Drive, DSC and Near-Actuator Wheel Slip Limitation
The intelligent electric all-wheel-drive system in the BMW iX is
fully variable and can split torque as needed from highly efficient
pure rear-wheel drive to an all-wheel-drive set-up for maximum traction.
The BMW iX comes equipped with near-actuator wheel slip limitation
technology developed specifically for electric models. This enables
the vehicle to maximize straight line accelerate even on slippery
surfaces, thanks to extremely quick and precise control responses.
Specially designed for the instantaneous power delivery of electric
motors, this traction control system is integrated into the motor
management. This eliminates the long signal paths to the control unit
for the DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), meaning that the corrective
inputs at both the front and rear wheels are applied much faster and
more precisely, with coordination between front and rear wheels.
While the motor management’s integrated near-actuator wheel slip
limitation function mainly reduces the loss of traction accelerating,
the DSC system is responsible for optimizing directional stability in
dynamic situations by selectively applying the brakes at individual
wheels. Its primary functions include the Anti-lock Braking System,
traction control system and electronic stability control. SPORT mode
can be configured to allow a higher degree of wheel slip, helping the
driver to explore the BMW iX’s performance limits.
Further DSC functions that enhance handling stability and agility in
the iX include Performance Control, Brake Standby, Brake Assist,
fading compensation and Dry Braking.
Integrated Braking System
The BMW iX’s integrated braking system delivers outstanding stopping
power and linear pedal feel. Thanks to this cutting-edge technology,
the brake activation, brake booster and braking control functions
are brought together within one compact module. The required brake
pressure is triggered using an electric actuator, an operating
principle that generates pressure more dynamically and ensures
significantly faster and more precise interventions from the driving
stability control system. The integrated braking system generates
stopping power adjusted precisely to the driver’s inputs, while
producing consistent pedal feel unimpaired by any annoying pulsing as
a result of wet road surfaces, significant lateral acceleration or
high brake temperatures.
Unwanted pedal feedback is eliminated when energy recuperation
is being used to slow the car. Balancing the effects of recuperation
and friction braking to suit the situation enables drivers to
determine how Brake Energy Regeneration is applied. They have a choice
of recuperation when the accelerator is released (one-pedal feeling in
driving position B) or using the coasting function with purely
adaptive recuperation of brake energy or a combination of the two (in
driving position D). Each of these settings exploits the full
efficiency potential of Brake Energy Regeneration.
Aerodynamically Optimized Light-Alloy Wheels and Noise-Reducing Tires
The BMW iX is equipped with standard 20-inch aerodynamically
optimized light-alloy wheels. 21-inch and 22-inch Air Performance
wheels are optional. These unique optional wheels include an aluminum
base wheel with customized inserts between the spokes that give them a
flat design resulting in smoother airflow and a weight reduction of
approximately 15 percent over conventional light-alloy wheels.
The optional Ait Performance light-alloy wheels are fitted with new
innovative tires specially designed for the BMW iX and which feature
integral noise reduction. A layer of foam on the tire’s inner
surface absorbs the noise produced by vibrations within the tire’s
cavity, which is filled with air causing it to act as a resonator.
This leads to a substantial reduction in the level of tire noise
transmitted to the BMW iX’s cabin.
A more advanced version of BMW’s Tire Pressure Monitor can be found
in the BMW iX. The system’s sensors relay data on tire pressure and
temperature from each individual wheel, which is then processed to
generate corresponding readouts in the control display. The Tire
Pressure Monitor factors in specific data on the equipped tires,
including manufacturer, dimensions and production date, which can be
scanned from a QR code at the factory or service partner. Exclusive to
BMW, this system simplifies use of the tire pressure indicator in the
iDrive menu. In the menu item for tire selection, the driver has only
to indicate whether the vehicle is partially or fully loaded to view
information on both the ideal and current tire pressures and decide
whether there is any need to adjust them.
A digital tire diagnosis function helps advise the owner of tire wear
by processing the data from the Tire Pressure Monitor in the BMW
backend together with the pressure, temperature and wheel speed
readings to forecast the remaining tire life. Customers can be
notified via the My BMW App, for example, if action needs to be taken.
5th Generation eDrive Technology
The 5th generation of BMW eDrive technology is built around a
drive unit which brings together the electric motor, power electronics
and transmission as a highly integrated package within a single
housing. This design approach enables a power density around 30 per
cent greater than earlier electric drive systems could offer.
The latest electric motors developed in-house by the BMW Group have
an efficiency factor of 93 percent, compared to less than 40 percent
efficiency found in current combustion engines.
The excitation of the rotor in the BMW iX motors is not induced by
fixed permanent magnets, but the feed-in of electric energy. This
allows the use of rare earths (required for magnetic components) to be
The drive power produced by the motors is channelled
via a single-speed transmission – installed in the same housing –
to the front and rear wheels along the shortest possible path. The
centrally controlled electric all-wheel drive links up with the
chassis control systems to enable extremely rapid and precise metering
of drive power according to the driving situation, the road conditions
and the driver’s wishes.
Adaptive Recuperation of Energy
Adaptive and individually regulated recuperation of braking energy
allows for an increase in BMW iX’s overall drive system efficiency.
Intelligently connected drive management means the intensity of the
brake energy recuperation can be adapted to the road situation,
provided by data from the navigation system and the sensors
used by the driver assistance systems. When approaching a junction,
for example, the degree of recuperation can be increased, while at
the same time feeding energy back into the high-voltage battery
and increasing the deceleration effect. This targeted control of
deceleration through energy recuperation helps to increase range.
A coasting function enhances comfort and efficiency by putting the iX
into a “freewheeling” state with no drive power whenever the driver
takes their foot off the accelerator. If the car draws a lot closer to
a vehicle ahead while coasting, recuperation will be initiated immediately.
Adaptive recuperation is one of the standard settings activated when
the driving position D is engaged. Alternatively, the driver can
choose a high, medium or low Brake Energy Regeneration setting via the
iDrive menu. In driving position D, the new BMW iX pulls away at
minimal speed as soon as the brake pedal is released, increasing
comfort in stop-and-go traffic. Activating driving position B with the
selector lever generates the one-pedal feeling characteristic of the
BMW Group’s electric vehicles by driving with the maximum degree of
recuperation. In this case, recuperation remains active even when the
vehicle comes to a stop, which also provides a hill hold assist function.
Graphics showing the driving status and energy flow can be called
up in the BMW iDrive system’s Live Vehicle menu. When either the
PERSONAL or EFFICIENT settings are selected with the My Modes button,
the control display indicates whether the electric motors in the BMW
iX are currently providing drive power, recuperating brake energy to
feed it back into the high-voltage battery or have been de-energised
(front axle) / switched to torque-neutral (rear axle) for coasting.
An Efficiency Trainer function is available in the Live Vehicle menu
with EFFICIENT mode activated. Hints for driving in a smoother, more
efficient manner – considering the current driving situation – appear
in the instrument cluster, where they combine to create a total
mobility experience. The graphics visualizing recommended techniques
for accelerating or slowing down as efficiently as possible motivate
drivers to collect bonus miles. The driver also receives verbal
suggestions and tips for reducing electric power consumption and
increasing range from the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.
The range horizon that can be brought up in the information display
visualizes the extent to which the driver can alter the range of the
BMW iX should they adopt a very dynamic or extremely economical
driving style. This provides a clear illustration of how range changes
depending on driving style. If route guidance is activated, the
distance to the pre-programmed destination will be accompanied by
additional information on the high-voltage battery’s anticipated
charge level upon arrival. This provides the driver with a conclusive
guide to the potential range spectrum and helps them plan the
remainder of the journey accordingly.
A high-voltage battery with state-of-the-art battery cell technology
is a key component of BMW’s 5th generation eDrive. The
gravimetric energy density of the lithium-ion battery has been
increased by around 20 percent over the previous-generation batteries.
And the latest generation of the high-voltage battery displays
excellent characteristics in charging and discharging, durability and safety.
The iX’s high-voltage batteries are mounted low in the vehicle floor
in an aluminum housing which acts as an integral component of the body.
The latest advances made in the field of battery technology are the
result of many years of relentless research and development work.
The BMW Group has been producing modules and batteries for vehicles
with electrified drive systems since 2013. The company can call on
immense reserves of expertise and experience when it comes to both
battery cell technology and the manufacture of model-specific
high-voltage batteries. The BMW Group has carried out underlying
research in the fields of cell chemistry and cell design, enabling it
to give precise specifications – geared to the requirements of
electrified vehicles – to external battery cell producers.
The prismatic battery cells supplied by these companies are used to
produce battery modules at the assigned BMW Group production plant. An
independently developed modular system enables these modules to be
arranged flexibly and turned into model-specific high-voltage
batteries. The BMW iX xDrive50 is fitted with a battery with a gross
energy content of 111.5 kWh and a net energy content of 106.3 kWh
Integrated Heating and Cooling System with Heat Pump Function and
Anticipatory Thermal Management for the Battery
The BMW iX’s heating and cooling system is made up of three
cooling/heating circuits that can be interconnected by means of
electric valves with a shared expansion tank. While driving in low
outside temperatures, for example, the excess heat generated by the
drive units is used to warm up the high-voltage battery. A two-level
cooling module, a refrigerant compressor, two evaporators,
a water-cooled condenser and a high-performance control unit together
ensure optimum temperature control for both the BMW eDrive components
and the vehicle interior in any operating state and in all regular
The latest version of the heat pump achieves a high efficiency factor
by making use of ambient heat and heat from dehumidification – as well
as the waste heat from the motors – for energy-efficient operation.
The integrated heating and cooling system also insures optimal
temperature control for the high-voltage battery in highly dynamic
driving situations with high power requirements and during
fast-charging from a DC charging station. If the navigation system’s
route guidance function is active and has scheduled a stop at a
fast-charging station, anticipatory thermal management
will automatically pre-condition the battery beforehand. Warming up
the high-voltage battery or cooling it down as appropriate means it
will be at the optimum temperature for quick and efficient charging at
maximum capacity upon arrival at the charging station. Thermal
management takes several factors into account here, including current
battery temperature, remaining range, the predicted charging rate and
the amount of charging planned as part of the overall route calculation.
Combined Charging Unit for Charging at up to 195 kW
Alongside the electric motors and high-voltage batteries, new
charging technology is also part of the 5th generation BMW
eDrive. The Combined Charging Unit (CCU) in the BMW iX enables an
extremely high level of flexibility when charging. The CCU brings
together the functions of the voltage transformer, charging
electronics and power distribution, plus the management systems for
the drive, high-voltage and charging functions of the drive units,
into a single package. Hooking up the high-voltage battery to a Level
2 Wallbox allows it to be topped up with AC at a charging rate of up
to 11 kW. Using a Level 2 charger, the BMW iX xDrive50 can recharge
its battery from 0 to 100 percent in under eleven hours.
The BMW iX xDrive50 can also charge its high-voltage battery at up to
195 kW using a DC fast charger. Plugging the BMW iX xDrive50 into a
fast-charging station with 10 percent charge for example, enables its
range to be increased by up to 90 miles in just ten minutes at 195 kW.
Using the same fast charger, it would take less than 40 minutes to
increase the high-voltage battery’s state of charge from 10 to 80 percent.
Charging with EVgo
Recognizing the critical importance of public charging infrastructure
to EV drivers, BMW has partnered with EVgo, the nation’s largest
public fast charging network and the first in the US to be powered by
100% renewable energy. BMW Charging Powered by EVgo provides BMW EV
and PHEV drivers with access to EVgo and partner charging network
stations via an easy to use mobile app, underscoring BMW’s commitment
to a high performance and zero emissions driving experience. BMW
Charging Powered by EVgo enables BMW drivers to see real-time status
of chargers, initiate a session, check their account status, and more
all within the BMW Charging Powered by EVgo mobile app.
EVgo and BMW previously partnered on the ChargeNow DC Fast
Program and are building on their shared history to accelerate the
transition to electric vehicles. EVgo’s public fast charging network
offers the convenience of charging at more than 800 fast charging
locations at retail and grocery stores, shopping malls, entertainment
centers and other sites ideal for quick, 20-30 minute errands. Plus,
for drivers who will be parked for a few hours, EVgo’s relationships
with partner networks will provide access to more than 38,000 L2
chargers for drivers, expanding the variety of charging options. With
the new BMW Charging Powered by EVgo partnership, buyers and lessees
of qualifying fully electric BMW models will receive $100 in EVgo
charging credit that can be used at EVgo and partner network stations
across all 50 states.
Optimized Body Aerodynamics: Drag Coefficient (Cd) of just 0.25.
Optimizing the aerodynamic properties of the BMW iX have had a direct
and positive impact on both its performance and range. The low
aerodynamic drag can be attributed to the streamlined body, the
tapered glasshouse, flush-fitting door handles, extremely slender
exterior mirrors and precisely crafted aero edges, all which combine
to produce a very low drag coefficient (Cd) of just 0.25.
Functional aerodynamics elements include third-generation active
air-flap control at the front, which directs cooling air to the drive
units and brake system when required. In normal driving situations,
both the BMW kidney grille and the air intakes at the bottom of the
front bumper are completely blocked off. This default setting allows
the air to flow around the vehicle unhindered, thereby significantly
reducing aerodynamic drag. Opening of the electronically controlled
air flaps is done automatically when maximum cooling air is required
or during operation of the heat pump for the automatic climate
control. The flaps are adjusted gradually, allowing cooling air to be
directed efficiently to the brake air ducts and drive components in
carefully metered quantities.
Another drag-reducing feature is the sealing of the underbody.
Spanning the largest area between the front and rear axle is the
smooth aluminum high-voltage battery housing, located low down in the
vehicle floor. At the front, aero elements direct the oncoming
air past the wheels to prevent adverse turbulence. And airflow along
the rear is smoothed by the large rear axle cover and the rear apron’s
diffuser. All of these measures lead to the most aerodynamic BMW SAV
BMW iDrive 8
The new BMW
iDrive 8 is an instrumental component of the user experience
on board the BMW iX xDrive50. The most recent incarnation of the
display and operating system takes the interaction between driver and
vehicle further into the digital future. The new BMW iDrive 8, a new
generation of displays, controls and software, plus extremely powerful
connectivity and data processing allow BMW iX to serve
as an intelligent and proactive partner for the driver and passengers.
The new BMW iDrive 8 was designed with a focus on
dialogue-based interaction using natural language and on touch
operation. Consequently, new available features include the expanded
capabilities of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, which uses new
graphics to communicate with the vehicle’s occupants, and the BMW
Curved Display – the all-new fully digital display grouping in the BMW
iX formed by the information display and control display and angled
around the driver.
Connected Navigation, Parking and Charging with BMW Maps
The cloud-based navigation system, BMW Maps, enables routes to
be calculated significantly faster and more dynamically than ever
before. To accomplish this, BMW Maps combines real-time information
with forecasting models that predict the traffic situation along the
rest of the route. This allows arrival times to be calculated with an
excellent level of accuracy – by both automotive and smartphone
standards. The data pool for these calculations is provided by the
HERE map, supplemented by knowledge gathered through the swarm
intelligence of the BMW Group’s connected fleet (more than 14 million
vehicles worldwide). The map data is updated over the air at regular
intervals. Machine learning algorithms are also employed for data
processing in the BMW Cloud.
With the arrival of the new BMW iDrive 8 in the BMW iX xDrive50,
the digital services for navigation, parking and charging are fully
integrated into the cloud-based BMW Maps system in a user-friendly
way. The calculated traffic situation is now updated at one-minute
intervals for example. Entering the destination in the vehicle is
easier and faster, too. The one-box search facility allows addresses
to be entered in a search box, just like with an online search engine.
And over 120 million points of interest worldwide can be located the
same way. The stored information is updated several times a week to
ensure that BMW Maps is always up to the minute. The My BMW App can be
used to transfer destinations from a smartphone straight to the car.
The BMW Cloud also contains additional contextual information on
points of interest, such as ratings, opening times and images, as well
as detailed information on public charging stations.
One of the key new and intelligent functions is “Learning
Navigation”, where BMW Maps uses the habits associated with the
individual BMW ID as the basis for learning and anticipating the
destination the driver is likely to head for. This saves drivers the
trouble of entering the destination again for regular journeys,
especially the daily commute to work, when they still wish to be
alerted to delays or hazards along their route. Information on the
current traffic situation for the trip ahead and the estimated driving
time are sent to the My BMW App prior to departure. An individually
configurable Traffic Widget in the car shows the predicted destination
with the accompanying traffic information. Once the suggested
destination has been selected, route guidance can be activated with a
quick tap of the finger if, for instance, the system proposes an
alternative route due to high traffic levels.
Improvements have also been made in terms of the help provided by BMW
Maps when searching for a parking space. For roadside parking,
a parking search route is calculated based on a probability analysis.
This guides the driver to their destination along a route offering a
very good chance of finding a free space. BMW Maps is additionally
able to suggest parking spaces with charging facilities, a real boon
for electric vehicles.
Connected Charging: Easy Charging Thanks to Intelligent Connectivity
Digital services from Connected Charging are designed to make sure
that charging on the road can be completed easily and conveniently
with the BMW iX xDrive50. During the journey, the BMW Maps navigation
system shows public charging stations along the route or in the
vicinity of the destination. Color coding is used to indicate charging
station availability directly in the listing, together with further
details such as the charging capacity offered and information on the
operator and possible payment methods. When searching for charging
stations, a filter can be added to show fast-charging stations only.
Charging stops can be factored into route planning in the My BMW App
thanks to Connected Charging. The system calculates the optimum
charging strategy and suggests the quickest overall route. This exact
and detailed route planning provides an accurate estimation of the
arrival time with included charging. When the driver selects a public
charging station, the navigation system will also show them
suggestions for restaurants, cafés, attractions or cultural venues in
the area to allow them to make the most of the time while their car is charging.
The Remote Services in the My BMW App can be used to remotely control
both the charging process and pre-conditioning of the BMW iX xDrive50.
In this way, the driver can program when vehicle charging and
pre-conditioning of the interior and battery should start taking into
account the amount of energy required and the planned departure time.
The driver will receive a push notification once the target charge
level has been reached or if there are any irregularities during
charging. Similarly, information on charging status, range and other
details can be viewed in the My BMW App on a smartphone as well as in
the vehicle. The My BMW App also contains a transparent evaluation of
all charging cycles performed either at home or on the go. In addition
to this, the app can be used to start or stop charging remotely and to
define a maximum charge level in order to conserve the battery, for instance.
My Modes for an All-Encompassing Driving Experience
The new My Modes use an interplay of various functions to create
special experiences during the journey. Based on a combination of
vehicle and interior ambience settings tailored to the moment, they
can be selected easily by voice command, by touch from the My Modes
menu in the control display or by using a dedicated button on the
center console. This button replaces the Driving Experience Control
switch in the BMW iX xDrive50 and offers an extended range of functions.
There is a choice of three modes in the BMW iX: PERSONAL, SPORT
and EFFICIENT. They each activate specific settings for the drive
system and chassis, the display styles, the ambient lighting’s color
scheme, the drive unit’s interior soundtrack and the seat backrest
width. EFFICIENT mode is focused on sustainable driving. Here, changes
to the accelerator response and tips shown in the information display
help the driver to operate the BMW iX xDrive50 using as little
electric power as possible. The driver is also supported by the
intelligent Efficiency Trainer, and the interior ambience is made as
calm as possible: a blue shade sets the tone for the lighting mood and
the drive sound becomes quieter. In SPORT mode, the focus switches
to generating a pulse-quickening driving mood. This is aided by the
more direct settings for accelerator and steering response and a
chassis set-up geared to sporty driving, while the drive unit’s
soundtrack with its distinct acoustic feedback, snug-fitting backrests
with optional multi-contour seats, pared-back displays and interior
lighting in Thrilling Orange all add to the effect. PERSONAL mode
allows customers to create their own individual My Mode. The vehicle
characteristics are set to a balanced configuration. The customer can
choose various lighting and color settings and display layouts,
and also select other settings to create their personal ideal driving experience.
Great Entrance Moments
“Great Entrance Moments” is the name given to the user experience
from the point when the driver first approaches the BMW iX xDrive50
until the journey begins. All steps are orchestrated by the vehicle
and blended into one welcoming experience. Ultra‑wideband (UWB) radio
technology allows precise triangulation between the vehicle and the
key or smartphone, meaning that the car knows the direction the driver
is approaching from and how far away they are.
Once the distance drops below ten feet, the vehicle prepares and
carries out a choreographed sequence. It begins with an orchestrated
lighting effect using the exterior and interior lights, then proceeds
to activate the light carpet, illuminate the door handles and
automatically unlock itself. The car then activates the entry
assistance features along with the steering wheel and surface heating,
plays a start-up animation on the BMW Curved Display, loads the BMW ID
settings and establishes a connection with the smartphone, before
finishing with a customized welcome window showing a personal greeting
as well as handy suggestions and information.
Remote Software Upgrades
Since the introduction of BMW iDrive 7 in 2018, BMW drivers have been
able to keep their vehicle up to date with the latest software by
means of the Remote Software Upgrade. The BMW Group is one of the
leading manufacturers in the field of over‑the-air upgrades – over 1
million cars upgraded in 2021 for example. The new BMW iDrive 8
further enhances the options for updating the in-car software and
expanding its functions. New and improved functions can be imported
quickly and easily over the air, either using the car’s built-in SIM
card or via the My BMW App. Installation is subsequently launched by
the customer and seldom takes longer than 20 minutes. Updated software
is installed free of charge.
When a new Remote Software Upgrade is available, drivers will receive
a notification together with accompanying information in the vehicle,
on their smartphone in the My BMW App and, in future, from the
BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant too by means of a special widget
on the control display. In the BMW iX xDrive50, Remote Software
Upgrade will now also offer the possibility of performing extremely
complex and large software updates in areas such as driver assistance
and partial automation, while additionally enabling drivers to
schedule the installation process. For this, the vehicle must first be
securely parked in accordance with the instructions. Installation can
then be carried out automatically at a pre-set time – meaning it can
be done overnight as well.
Precision Navigation and Additional Information with Augmented
The new Augmented Reality Video function available to supplement
the BMW Maps navigation system’s map view enables the driver to find
their way with greater ease and accuracy. A live video stream from the
driver’s perspective is shown on the control display and is augmented
by additional helpful information. When dealing with confusing turns,
for instance, an animated directional arrow is integrated into the
video image to help the driver take the best turn‑off for the planned
route. Depending on the situation at hand, the Augmented Reality Video
view is activated prior to the maneuver to be performed and disappears
Using graphics to enhance reality opens new ways of ensuring
drivers enjoy a safe and relaxed journey to their destination. As well
as superimposing arrows, points of interest (POI) of relevance to the
driver can also be highlighted in the live video stream. Tapping the
indicated POIs brings up further information about them, such as user
ratings, opening times or images.
The ability to show both a section of the map and the live video
stream augmented with additional information in the control display’s
split-screen view is unique in this segment. Using Augmented Reality
Video to help drivers search for a parking spot is another available feature.
Snapshots: A Glance Inside the Vehicle and Theft Protection with new
Making its debut in this form in the BMW iX xDrive50, the overhead
interior camera can be used by the occupants to take snapshots during
the journey, allowing them to capture special moments and share them
with friends and family. Pictures can be taken by voice command,
gesture or touch control, and there is also the option of a self-timer
(three second delay). The camera system can even be set to only take a
photo when at least one of the occupants is smiling. The camera
operates in HDR mode, while the night mode produces sharp
black-and-white images even at night or in low light conditions.
Pictures can be shared by simply scanning a QR code in the control
display with any smartphone connected to the car via WiFi.
Customers can send pictures from the interior camera to their
smartphone using the My BMW App’s remote function if they wish to take
a glance inside the car to check whether bags or other items have been
left there, for example. The interior camera is also activated when
the new Remote Theft Recorder – coming in the future for the BMW iX –
is triggered. This system relays a message to the customer’s
smartphone when the vehicle’s anti-theft alarm system is set off.
The customer is then able to access and save the pictures from both
the interior camera and the cameras at the front and rear of the
vehicle and on its exterior mirrors.
Careful attention was paid to privacy and security from the outset in
the development of all the interior camera functions. Customers always
have complete transparency and control over the functions. When the
interior camera function is opened for the first time, a data privacy
disclaimer containing all the relevant information flashes up in the
display prior to activation. This disclaimer must be accepted before
pictures can be taken, and these are subsequently only stored locally
in the vehicle. Images are only transmitted if they are requested by
the customer via the My BMW App. This is done directly using
end-to-end encryption; no pictures are stored on BMW servers.
Customers have the option of deactivating the camera’s picture-taking
function again at any time.
5G Connectivity and Personal eSIM
The BMW iX xDrive50 is the first BMW to feature available 5G support.
As well as the built-in SIM card, it is the first BMW model to offer
the eSIM technology that has been featured mainly on smart devices
such as tablets and smartwatches. The Personal eSIM essentially turns
the car into another digital and connected device in the customer’s
ecosystem. Both SIM cards are fully geared to the new 5G mobile
technology and have DSDA (Dual SIM Dual Active) capability. Mobile
reception is significantly improved by the vehicle’s own 5G antenna system.
The Personal eSIM allows the customer – with compatible mobile
service provider – to use their mobile contract’s SMS, call and data
allowances from their car with ease – even in situations where they
don’t have their smartphone with them. Users can extend an existing
mobile contract by activating the Personal eSIM via one of the
available network operators. What’s more, the Personal eSIM isn’t
linked to just one car, but the user’s BMW ID – meaning it can be
transferred to other BMW vehicles with Personal eSIM functionality.
The eSIM is configured automatically when users sign in with their BMW
ID, after which it is available immediately.
When connected to the 5G network, customers benefit from the low
latency and high bandwidth of up to two SIM cards, depending on
the quality of the signal. As a result, data is exchanged between the
BMW Cloud and vehicle faster and Remote Software Upgrades can be
downloaded to the car in a fraction of the normal time required. An
in-car WiFi hotspot directly linked to the Personal eSIM is also
enabled, dispensing with the need for an additional contract when
setting up a hotspot. As many as ten devices can be connected to the
vehicle’s WiFi hotspot simultaneously, providing them with high-speed
internet access that allows functions such as video streaming in full
The ability to activate the Personal eSIM is being gradually expanded
in collaboration with mobile providers and network operators and
depends on the individual parameters in each country. Customers in the
USA should be able to activate the Personal eSIM via participating
BMW Digital Key Plus with Ultra-Wideband Radio Technology
BMW is a pioneering partner in the use of smartphones as digital
vehicle keys and plays a leading role in devising industry-wide
standards. It has worked relentlessly on the further development of
the BMW Digital Key since it was first introduced and is now offering
a new generation of this convenient and secure means of unlocking and
starting the vehicle without the user even having to take their Apple
iPhone out of their pocket.
The BMW Digital Key Plus, set to make its debut with the BMW iX
xDrive50, employs ultra-wideband (UWB) technology already integrated
into the vehicle and the iPhone’s U1 chip. As customers approach the
BMW iX xDrive50, they are welcomed by a staged lighting effect using
the exterior lights, and the vehicle unlocks just before they reach
the door. Once they have got in, the Apple iPhone can be simply left
in the user’s pocket or placed in the smartphone tray for wireless
charging; nothing else is required to start the vehicle.
UWB is a digital radio technology for short-range high-bandwidth
applications that offers exceptionally precise location identification
combined with maximum security. It has the additional benefit of
ruling out the possibility of relay attacks, where the radio signal is
disrupted or intercepted.
Apple and the BMW Group have been working closely together with
the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) to develop the Digital Key
Release 3.0 specification for UWB, which will serve as a global
standard for both the automotive industry and smartphone
manufacturers. The iPhone’s iMessage service can be used to share a
Digital Key with up to five other vehicle users. The Digital Key Plus
function is expected to be available from the end of 2021.
Personalization Using the BMW ID
When interacting with the new BMW iDrive 8, BMW iX xDrive50 customers
benefit from increasing personalization of the user experience based
on their BMW ID. This is used for securely storing even more
personalized settings and transferring them between vehicles. A PIN
code can be created, or the BMW ID associated with a particular key to
prevent other vehicle users from accessing personal data. When signing
into a vehicle for the first time, simply scanning a QR code is all it
takes to create a new BMW ID on a smartphone. If the user has the My
BMW App and is therefore already in possession of a BMW ID, this will
be automatically imported into the car via the app when the QR code is scanned.
The BMW ID can be created and activated effortlessly and securely in
vehicles with BMW iDrive 8 or BMW iDrive 7. Once the BMW ID has been
imported, the driver will receive a personal greeting which will
include the customized profile image the driver can create in the My
BMW App. At the same time, personal settings for seat and steering
wheel position, exterior mirrors, navigation system, driver assistance
functions, display layouts, shortcuts and favorites as well
as infotainment system settings will be imported automatically.
Personalized suggestions from the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant
are stored in the BMW ID, together with individually selected wake
words and privacy settings. Once the BMW ID has been activated with
the associated key or by selecting the BMW ID in the vehicle, the
personal settings are instantly adopted. The customer can elect to
save these personal settings to the BMW Cloud, thereby allowing them
to be imported into other appropriately equipped BMW vehicles once the
user has logged in.
If the vehicle is made available to another user, all personal data
and settings will be protected by switching to a guest account where
this information can be neither viewed nor modified. And if the
vehicle is briefly given to a stranger in order to park it, for
example, activating Valet Mode temporarily disables access to both
personal data – such as vehicle, infotainment and control functions –
and the luggage compartment.
Smartphone and Third-Party Integration
Integrating Apple CarPlay® more into the BMW iDrive environment
enables customers to use a great number of functions from their car in
the same way they do on their smartphone. One notable new feature when
using Apple CarPlay is that the Apple Maps navigation map is shown not
just on the control display but also on the information display in the
BMW Curved Display. The corresponding navigation instructions also
appear in the BMW Head-Up Display when route guidance is active. A
special function for all-electric vehicles will be added to Apple Maps
in 2022: if the distance to the destination is greater than the
current range, Apple Maps will automatically plan a charging stop and
modify the route accordingly.
Google Android AutoTM offers customers access to a wealth
of smartphone functions and content while driving. Wirelessly
connecting an Android smartphone (with Android 10 or higher) to the
BMW iX xDrive 8 will be quicker and easier than ever. Assuming
Bluetooth is activated on the device, a prompt to connect to the car
will be displayed automatically when the user gets in. Following
confirmation, the device will be connected in just one step so that it
is instantly ready for Bluetooth phone calls or Android Auto. Deep
integration into BMW iDrive 8 will allow Android Auto content to be
shown in multiple display areas, too. If Google Maps navigation is
active, the map will appear in the information display as well as the
control display, while navigation instructions can also be viewed in
the Head-Up Display.
Advanced Driver Assistance System Sensors
The BMW iX is the BMW Group’s first model to feature driver
assistance systems from a new technology toolkit. The new technology
toolkit gives the vehicle outstanding intelligence when it comes to
monitoring its surroundings and transferring and processing data. For
example, the tech is designed to be able to process 20 times more data
than existing models. This means many times more sensor data can be processed.
The BMW iX xDrive50 is equipped with a wide range of assistance
functions which make driving and parking safer and easier. Drivers of
vehicles both in standard specification and featuring the optional
Driving Assistant Professional and Parking Assistant Plus will be
offered extended, optimized and new functions during their ownership
of the vehicle that are designed to provide them with the best
possible assistance with the task of driving. Noticeable improvements
carried out in how the various functions work provide considerable
added value for customers.
The new BMW iDrive 8 makes the driver assistance functions more
user-friendly. Controls have been reduced to the essentials, ensuring
that the driver can activate the optimal degree of assistance quickly.
The focus is on overall, intelligent automation, simplification of
system status and intuitive operation. This simplification can be seen
in the reduced number of buttons on the multifunction steering wheel,
The exceptional intelligence of the BMW iX is the product of an
all-new software stack, coupled with the latest generation of sensors
and an extremely powerful computing platform for evaluating and
processing data collected about the vehicle’s surroundings. The reach
and quality of the system of sensors are class-leading: high ranges
and recognition rates for pedestrians, other vehicles, traffic signs
and other nearby objects are achieved with the 8 MPix front camera
making its worldwide automotive debut here. Another global first for a
vehicle is a front-mounted radar system, which uses its array of
aerials to offer maximum ranges of up to 300 yards and achieve a
vertical resolution in several levels for the first time. In total,
five cameras, five radar sensors and 12 ultrasonic sensors team up to
map the vehicle’s surroundings, the data they gather providing the
basis for the BMW environment model on the computing platform.
If the customer has given their consent, the data collected by
sensors in extremely challenging driving situations is evaluated using
artificial intelligence via the cloud in the BMW backend and utilized
to constantly improve the assistance systems. These improvements
are always considered in the context of worldwide system certification
(homologation) and do not violate product conformity at any time.
They can then be installed across the vehicle fleet over the air.
When creating the systems of sensors for its vehicles, the BMW Group
focuses on creating a combination of different technologies, whose
specific abilities and strengths complement each other to create a
precise picture of the vehicle’s surroundings. For example, the data
collected by radar sensors on vehicles or other road users ahead of
the car is constantly matched against the images supplied by the front
cameras. The helps the road situation at hand to be assessed in as
much detail as possible and enables the relevant driver assistance
functions to respond as required.
The key new features in terms of design include the camera and
radar sensor systems fitted out of sight within the BMW kidney grille.
The front-mounted radar is integrated seamlessly into the grille.
In order to guarantee the greatest possible precision when using the
radar sensor, a nanoscale vacuum-based coating process is employed
in its manufacture. Here, the two color finish and visible 3D effect
are produced by vaporization using laser technology and by
a plasma-fired application technique in a high vacuum. The laser-based
method developed specially for production of the kidney grille on the
iX xDrive50, together with a precisely defined combination of material
and layer thickness, optimize radar performance and ensure an
appearance as classy as it is familiar.
An additional polyurethane coating reduces the kidney grille’s
susceptibility to damage. The self-healing effect of its surface
repairs minor scratches, for example – within 24 hours at room
temperature or through a five-minute supply of warm air. The BMW
kidney grille of the iX is also an essential component of the highly
developed automated driving and parking systems. The camera positioned
in the center of the grille – like the camera integrated into the BMW
badge at the rear – has its own cleaning system. Up to two other
cameras are positioned near the rear-view mirror on the windscreen.
The exterior mirrors on the driver’s side and front passenger side
each also have a camera. Like the cameras, the ultrasonic and radar
sensors of the BMW iX also provide a complete all-round view. Six
ultrasonic sensors are in each of the front and rear bumpers. Radar
sensors are positioned on either side of the car at both the front and rear.
Advanced Driver Assistance System Functions
The BMW iX xDrive comes with an extensive suite of assistance systems
designed to enhance both comfort and safety. The standard front
collision warning system can slow the car to a standstill in order to
avoid an impact or mitigate its consequences. It is active in
situations such as approaching a vehicle in front and in response to
oncoming traffic, and interacts with other vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
Cross-traffic alert with braking helps to minimize the danger of a
collision with crossing traffic when entering an intersection with
restricted visibility. The Evasion Assistant helps to avoid collisions
with vehicles or pedestrians that appear suddenly. As soon as an
evasive maneuver corresponding to such a scenario is detected, the
system helps the driver direct the vehicle into a clear adjacent lane
with steering inputs.
Speed Limit Info including pre-warning allows the driver to set
a maximum speed and guards against acceleration beyond that point.
When driving with Cruise Control activated and a speed restriction is
detected by the front-mounted camera, the Speed Limit Assist function
enables the driver to adopt that speed as their desired figure at the
touch of a button or automatically.
Lane Departure Warning registers road markings and alerts the driver
to the danger of an unintended deviation from their current course
using the steering wheel vibrations. The system also prompts the
driver to guide their vehicle back into the correct lane by initiating
a steering impulse.
The functions grouped together in the standard Driving Assistant also
noticeably improve safety in the BMW iX xDrive50. Blind Spot Detection
reduces the risk of a collision when pulling out into the adjacent
lane with the turn indicator activated. This system initiates a visual
signal in the exterior mirror and a steering wheel vibration to alert
the driver to the presence of a vehicle to their side in the adjacent
lane or approaching from the rear. At speeds of at least 40 mph, the
system also prompts the driver to steer the BMW iX back into their
original lane by initiating a steering impulse. In the BMW iX
xDrive50, Blind Spot Detection includes a new function in turn-off
situations. At a speed of up to 12 mph, the system warns the driver of
a risk of collision in a turn-off maneuver signalled by activating a
The Driving Assistant also contains both rear collision warnings and
rear crossing-traffic warnings, which works using side-mounted radar
sensors and employs warning alerts and braking inputs to reduce the
danger of a collision when reversing towards roads which are difficult
to see into.
Another new feature is the exit warning function, which activates
visible and acoustic signals when a vehicle or cyclist is approaching
the BMW iX xDrive50 at speed and there is a risk of collision with the
side of the vehicle. The driver or front passenger is warned about the
danger by flashing LEDs in the mirror or the ambient lighting along
the door. An acoustic warning is emitted and opening of the doors on
the relevant side of the BMW iX delayed. This delay mechanism can be
activated on all four doors – i.e. also the rear doors.
Optional Driving Assistant Professional
Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Lane Keeping Assistant –
which focus on energy efficiency when EFFICIENT mode is selected – are
combined in the optional Driving Assistant Professional. Distance to
the vehicle in front can be selected by steering wheel-mounted control.
The latest version of Lane Keeping Assistant – making its debut on
the BMW iX – can be used in more traffic situations than before. To
provide its far-reaching functionality, the system factors in the data
supplied by the front- and side-mounted cameras, the front-facing
radar sensor and the four radar sensors facing out to the sides. Lane
Keeping Assistant operates at speeds of up to 124 mph. It takes its
cues from lane markings and vehicles driving ahead in order to help
the driver keep the vehicle in the recognized lane with steering
corrections. This also proves to be an effective aid in situations
where the lane narrows.
A dedicated button on the steering wheel’s left-hand spoke ensures
the systems are easy to operate. Pushing it once activates both the
Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Lane Keeping Assistant.
Assisted View in the instrument cluster gives the driver an overview
of the activated systems and their functionality. The central area
of the cockpit display is reserved for a three-dimensional mock-up of
the vehicle and its surroundings. Here, the driver can see an image
of the cars, trucks and motorcycles detected by the camera and radar
sensors in the driver’s current lane, along with those in any adjacent
lanes. Vehicles within a critical distance are highlighted. Icons
indicate situation-specific manoeuvres that can be carried out with
the help of assistance systems. In this way, Assisted View offers the
driver a convenient way of checking the status of the driver
assistance systems and the relevant courses of action with a single
glance at any time.
Parking Assistant, Rear View Camera and Parking Assistant Plus
BMW iX xDrive50 drivers benefit from helpful assistance when parking
and maneuvering. The standard Park Distance Control (PDC) with sensors
at the front and rear provides visual and acoustic alerts
and automatic brake inputs to avoid collisions with obstacles to the
sides and rear of the vehicle. Standard equipment also includes the
Parking Assistant, which helps the driver to select and use parking
spaces either parallel or perpendicular to the road. Suitable spaces
are detected using ultrasonic sensors as the vehicle drives past. A
new feature is the system’s ability to drive into perpendicular spaces
forwards or in reverse. The latest version of the Parking Assistant
can be used both to enter and exit spaces. As well as the necessary
steering inputs, it now also carries out the acceleration, braking and
gear changes required for the maneuver.
Standard equipment for the BMW iX xDrive50 also features a Rear View
Camera with Panorama View and the Back-Up Assistant. The Back-Up
Assistant offers the highly convenient option of automated reversing
in confined spaces or situations where the driver does not have a
clear view, such as multi-story garages or tight driveways. To do
this, it stores the steering movements for any section the car has
just driven forward along at no more than 22 mph. The system is then
able to reverse the vehicle for distances of up to 50 yards by
steering it along the same line it took when moving forward. All the
driver must do is operate the accelerator and brake pedals and monitor
the vehicle’s surroundings. The Back-Up Assistant can back the car up
automatically at a maximum 5.5 mph.
Parking Assistant Plus with Remote 3D View and Remote Theft Recorder.
The functions contained in the optional Parking Assistant Plus
provide an excellent overview of your surroundings in many different
situations. Assistance, parking and panorama view including 3D View
help to create a 360-degree image of the vehicle and its surroundings,
which is shown from various angles in the control display. Meanwhile,
the Remote 3D View function gives drivers the ability to call up a
three-dimensional live image of their vehicle and its immediate
vicinity on their smartphone.
At a future date, the Remote Theft Recorder will be made available
for the BMW iX xDrive50. When activated, it will use use the new
interior camera. If the vehicle is stolen, this system can send a
message to the customer’s smartphone. The customer can then access and
store the images from the interior camera and videos recorded by the
cameras at the front and rear of the BMW iX and on its exterior mirrors.
The exterior dimensions of the BMW iX xDrive50 – length: 195 inches,
width: 77.4-inches, height: 66.7 inches – allow it to combine the
functionality of the BMW X5 with agility of the BMW X6 and the
expressive appearance of the BMW X7. The result is a distinctive
re‑imagining of the powerful proportions of a large BMW SAV.
The BMW iX is comparable with the BMW X5 in length and width and
is almost the same height as the BMW X6 due to its flowing roofline.
The larger diameter of its wheel and tire profiles, meanwhile, bring
to mind the BMW X7. A wheelbase measuring exactly 118.1 inches and
wide front and rear tracks provide the ideal platform for chassis
tuning which balances luxurious long-distance comfort and sporty
Front Design: Expressive, BMW Kidney Grille Serves as Intelligence Panel
The front-end design of the BMW iX xDrive50 features a distinctive
prominent BMW kidney grille and equally familiar twin headlights –
which have been newly interpreted with a dash of futuristic style.
Since the eDrive system of the BMW iX xDrive50 requires only a small
amount of cooling air, the kidney grille is completely blocked off.
Its role has thus turned digital and now it functions as an
intelligence panel. Camera technology, radar functions and other
sensors are integrated seamlessly into the grille behind a transparent
surface along with their heating elements and cleaning system.
Slim LED Headlights and Functional Front Roundel
The slimmest headlight units ever to feature on a series-produced BMW
model provide a minimalist take on BMW’s familiar four-eyed front-end
appearance. The daytime driving lights have a new design –
as two-dimensional strips along the upper edge of the headlight units.
This gives the headlights a totally new appearance in daylight. The
daytime driving light strips include the turn indicator function. The
BMW iX xDrive50 is fitted with standard full-LED headlights. The
darkened light fixtures are set well back into the inner sections of
the headlights and therefore only become visible when switched on. The
fixtures in each headlight unit team up to generate both low and high beam.
The hood of the BMW iX xDrive50, with its pronounced
three-dimensional sculpting, extends all the way up to the headlights
and BMW kidney grille. All hood lines converge on the kidney grille
and the BMW logo above it. The roundel is itself a functional
component, serving as the washer fluid filler neck. It opens and
closes again – once the fluid has been topped up – with a gentle push.
The hood does not have an opening mechanism for use by the customer;
the drive system technology and power electronics below the surface
can only be accessed by workshop technicians.
Side View: Clear Surface Structuring, Precise Lines
When the BMW iX xDrive50 is viewed from the side, its reduced design
language accentuates the modern and very distinctive styling of the
all-electric SAV. The minimalist surface sculpting creates an athletic
body whose uncomplicated appearance is highlighted by small number
of precise lines. The almost rectangular contours of the front and
rear wheel arches are a head-turning element of the exterior design.
A hallmark exterior side window design elements of BMW i cars appears
in an updated form. The tapering of the window graphic towards the
rear and the forward-slanting C-pillar underline the dynamic lines of
the car’s silhouette. The “stream flow” of converging lines mimics the
airflow along the sides of the car. On the BMW iX xDrive50, this
distinctive graphic takes the form of a black surface connecting the
rear side windows and rear window and carries the inscribed model badge.
Integrated Flush Door Handles and Frameless Windows
The flush electric door handles, which are operated by the press of a
button, are embedded into the door surfaces and are finished in a
contrasting color. Indirect lighting illuminates the handle recesses.
With the latest generation of the optional Comfort Access system, the
doors lock or unlock automatically as the owner approaches or walks
away from the car. The required signal is sent to the car using the
radio remote control or the BMW Digital Key (via the customer’s smartphone).
Doors with frameless windows make their debut in a large BMW SAV.
Previously only seen on BMW coupés, this design brings a flowing,
sporting appearance to the side window design. High-gloss black trim
for the B-pillars provides an attractive contrast against the body
color while three layers of sealing around the doors provide excellent
Aerodynamically Optimized Exterior Mirrors, Black Body Edging
The innovative design of the exterior mirrors on the BMW iX xDrive50
helps reduce wind noise, optimize aerodynamics and improve all-round
visibility. The super-slim mirror bases attach to the lower edge of
the side window surround, removing the need for the classical mirror
triangle at the front of each side window. The mirror caps are painted
in body color while the mirror base is finished in high-gloss black.
The slim geometry of the mirrors and carefully positioned aero foils
help reduce wind noise. The turn indicators, which measure only around
two millimeters in width are integrated into the exterior mirrors
behind glass covers.
Among the design features familiar from classic BMW X models is
the black surround at the lower edge of the body. On the BMW iX
xDrive50 this forms a band around the whole car. The charging socket
is located in the same place as the fuel filler neck on conventionally
powered BMW models – i.e. behind a flap on the right-rear wheel arch.
Rear Design: Modern and Minimalist
The modern and minimalist design of the rear surfaces accentuates the
width of the BMW iX. The minimalist design language with a small
number of joints and character lines exudes an aura of simplicity and
sophistication. The aerodynamics of the BMW iX are further enhanced
by the flow of air over the roof all the way to its trailing edge, and
by a diffuser in the rear bumper.
The tailgate has no separation joints and extends across the whole
of the rear. The rear-view camera is integrated into the black ring of
the large BMW roundel positioned in the center of the tailgate.
The camera lens is cleaned automatically by a water spray system which
extends from behind the roundel.
Like the headlights, the single-piece rear LED lights have a slimmer
design than on any previous series-produced BMW Group vehicle.
The light fixtures are integrated directly into the three-dimensional
lens cover mouldings, creating an extremely bold appearance. The
L-shape, familiar from other BMW models, is used in modern
interpretation within the single light strip housing of the rear
lights and brake lights, and the horizontal turn indicators, which
only become visible when active.
The reversing light and rear fog lights are located along with the
reflector in an extremely slim strip in the rear diffuser. Secondary
light units positioned at the outer edges of the car beyond the
tailgate opening include turn indicators, rear lights and brake
lights, ensuring that the relevant light signals are still visible
when the tailgate is open.
The fully digital BMW Curved Display, the latest generation of BMW
iDrive, an innovative architecture for cockpit and center console –
with a hexagonal steering wheel and around 50 percent fewer buttons
and switches, sustainable materials and new design approaches such as
shy tech – are the prominent features inside the BMW iX xDrive50. The
progressive design of the interior plays a significant role in the
iX’s driving experience. Equipment such as the BMW Head-Up Display,
Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and standard
panoramic glass sunroof with electrochromic shading not only deliver
enhancements to comfort and practicality in day-to-day use and on
longer trips. Together with a choice two olive leaf tanned leather, a
microfiber/wool blend, and three non-leather options, they also offer
customers exceptional freedom when it comes to configuring their BMW
iX precisely to their personal style.
“We designed the BMW iX from the inside out. “In the process, we took
particular care to create a modern, warm and minimalist interior
design with a very spacious feel.”
Vast amounts of room, a top-quality selection of materials, newly
developed seating and the extraordinary expanse of the panoramic
glass roof combine to immerse all five seats inside the BMW iX
cxDrive50 in a luxurious lounge-style ambience. The brand-new
architecture of the BMW iX cabin underpins the straightforward
functionality that revolves entirely around the needs of the driver
and their fellow occupants. The absence of a center tunnel resulting
from the eDrive concept adds to the open, airy feel, while also
creating extra legroom in the front and rear as well as sufficient
space for storage facilities.
Shy Tech: Where People Take Center Stage and Intelligent Technology
Fades into the Background
The technology aboard the BMW iX xDrive50 is used intelligently, only
manifesting itself when it is required. This makes it intuitive to use
rather than overly complex. The interior design conveys a sense of
safety and familiarity and engenders a new type of bond between
occupants and vehicle.
All displays and controls have been reduced to the essentials. The
shy tech approach for the interior can be seen in a number of
features, including speakers that have been integrated out of sight,
delicately styled air vents, heated surfaces and the way the BMW
Head-Up Display’s projector has been recessed into the instrument
panel to make it almost invisible. The hexagonally shaped steering
wheel, a rocker switch for gear selection and the BMW Curved Display –
which forms part of the next-generation BMW iDrive 8 – hint at the
futuristic form of driving pleasure.
The newly developed seats for the driver and front passenger have
integral head rests for a distinctly sporty appearance. For the first
time in a model from the BMW Group, there is the option of integrating
speakers into the seat. The sound sources positioned beneath the
surface in the head rest and lumbar areas further enrich the acoustic
experience inside the BMW iX and are another example of the principle
of shy tech being applied. Besides the seats’ extensive multi-way
electric adjustment, there is also the option of seat heating, seat
ventilation and a massage function.
Clearly Structured Surfaces for a Generous Sense of Space
An ambience of modern luxury sets the tone for both the front and
rear compartments of the BMW iX xDrive50 interior. The minimalistic
design language and clearly structured surfaces give the cabin an
exceptionally spacious feel. The door panel layout features a
distinctive diagonal split using different colors and materials. The
door handles have been sleekly integrated into the diagonal accent
strip along with the electric door opening switch. Buttons for
adjusting the seat position are located at the top of the front door
panels where they are ergonomically arranged in the form of a seat.
The passenger-side armrest incorporates a compartment for holding a
mobile phone. Meanwhile, the audio system’s midrange speakers embedded
beneath the door panels’ fabric trim are hidden from sight yet make
a very audible impact on the enjoyment of the journey.
Three Interior Design Variants and Sustainable Materials
Customers can choose from three design variants to give the interior
of their BMW iX xDrive50 additional individuality. These bring
specific materials and color schemes to the surfaces of the seats,
door panels, armrest, center console and the upper section of the
instrument panel, creating unique design and color worlds with their
own distinctive characteristics. Standard Atelier specification
includes surfaces in Sensatec with a striking seam pattern and
perforated areas. It is available in Black, Oyster and Mocha. If the
optional Stonegray trim is specified, the surfaces are adorned with
a diagonal pattern of materials and colors combining high-quality
textile and microfiber fabrics. The asymmetric styling and quilting
composed of triangular, square and pentagonal sections give the seats
their very modern appeal. Contrast stitching on the seat surfaces adds
a further highly distinctive touch. The instrument panel with printed
color gradient breaks new ground for car interiors. Also available is
Exclusive Natural leather and the color shades Castanea and Amido.
The surface of the leather used for the seats and instrument panel is
treated with a natural olive leaf extract, thereby avoiding any
production residue that is harmful to the environment, while also
giving the leather a particularly high-quality yet natural look. This
especially gentle process has proven its worth for many years in the
treatment of leather surfaces in the BMW i3 and is now used in the
interior of the BMW iX xDrive50. The sustainability-focused approach
applied when selecting raw materials and production methods has also
resulted in the use of FSC-certified wood and a high proportion of
recycled plastics in the surfaces of the door panels, seats, center
console and floor coverings, plus floor mats made from recycled nylon
Lounge Ambiance in Rear Compartment, Surface Heating Generates
The rear bench seat has been designed for three passengers. The outer
seats have integral head rests, which can be equipped with optional
built-in speakers. The head rest of the center seat can be folded down
to optimize rear view. The omission of the center floor tunnel means
that anyone in the second row also enjoys a generous amount of
legroom. The open sense of space this creates combines with the broad
bench seat extending into the door areas to reinforce the lounge-style
feel and increase passenger comfort. A Travel & Comfort system has
been integrated into the front seats that can be used by occupants in
the rear to attach coat hooks or hold tablet devices. A pair of USB-C
ports can also be found in each of the front head restraints.
Heated rear seats are also available as an option. This function is
part of the optional Radian Heat package, which also brings heating on
vertical surfaces such as the instrument panel, glove compartment,
door panels, and contact surfaces like the center armrest and steering
wheel. All of this helps to warm the interior particularly
efficiently. Spreading the heated areas around the surfaces of the
interior in this way allows the occupants of the BMW iX to sense the
change in temperature much more quickly than with a conventional
distribution of warm air. And direct contact with the warmed surfaces
fast-tracks the feel-good factor for those on board.
The rear backrest has a 40:20:40 split, allowing the amply
proportioned luggage compartment to be expanded as required by folding
down individual sections.
Slim Instrument Panel, Freestanding BMW Curved Display
The BMW iX xDrive50 interior’s modern, spacious feel is enhanced by
the slim instrument panel, which is covered in Sensatec with
the option of either microfiber fabric or Natural leather tanned with
olive leaf extracts. In the Stonegray trim, the graduation of color
from the light to the dark areas reinforces the impression of
an extremely light design.
The BMW Curved Display is held in place by a supporting structure
that is concealed from the occupants’ view, so it appears to be
standing freely in the cockpit. It has a magnesium housing and a
frameless, single-piece glass surface. The anti-reflective glass makes
it possible to dispense with the customary binnacle for shielding the
readouts from sunlight, giving the cockpit area a remarkably tidy
and airy appearance.
“The BMW iX is the first model from the BMW Group to feature
the impressive high-resolution Curved Display, which is far larger
and sharper than the displays in our current models,” remarks Frank
Weber. “As a result, the BMW iX interior points the way ahead for
cockpit design in future BMW models.”
The curved, one-piece display brings together the 12.3-inch
information display and the 14.9-inch control display to form a single
unit angled towards the driver. The interlinked, driver-focused
display ensemble optimizes how information is shown and makes the
display’s intuitive touch control even simpler to use. At the same
time, the control display section can still be clearly seen and easily
operated by the front passenger.
The Curved Display in the BMW iX xDrive50 teams up with BMW iDrive 8
to deliver a totally new graphics experience. The instrument cluster
offers new, completely customizable display options that provide the
driver with precise information tailored to the current situation.
Exceptionally intuitive operation using voice or touch control enables
the driver to interact with the additional intelligent
functions aboard the BMW iX xDrive50 easily and safely. This takes the
renowned user friendliness of BMW display and operating systems to the
Newly Designed Center Console Control Panel
The Curved Display’s position and technology have been optimized to
facilitate very intensive and intuitive use of the touchscreen
functionality. All elements of the iDrive 8 menu can still be selected
and activated with the familiar center console Controller. The
Controller is enclosed by a sharply styled control panel with
a high‑gloss black frame, a glass-effect surface and white backlit
buttons. The rest of the control panel design is an example of the shy
tech principle. Instead of conventional buttons, a control surface
with active haptic input subdivided by feeler bars is used to select
the iDrive menus, My Modes and other functions. The Touch Controller,
designed in an extremely smart glass-effect finish for the BMW iX
xDrive50, is encircled by a bezel painted in Gold Bronze. A roller
control allows for convenient adjustment of the audio system volume.
The Start/Stop button is illuminated in the signature BMW i blue
color, signifying the presence of an all-electric drive system.
Nestled between the Start/Stop button and the button for the
electromechanical parking brake is a newly devised rocker switch that
takes the place of the customary gear selector lever.
The Controller, the rocker switch for gear selection, the audio
roller control and the seat adjustment buttons can also be specified
in a polished crystal finish as an option. This specification
additionally includes a control panel surface made from FSC-certified
wood. The open-pore walnut finish again incorporates backlit buttons.
The space gained from the absence of a center tunnel is also used
to create additional stowage facilities in the center console area.
As a result, the center console’s lower level houses two cupholders,
a smartphone tray with inductive charging, a 12V power connection
and two USB-C ports.
The center console armrest – which is available in an optional heated
version – doubles as a butterfly lid that opens to reveal a roomy,
illuminated storage compartment. The rear console terminates in air
vents for the rear passenger compartment with a high-gloss black trim surround.
The iX Hexagonal Steering Wheel
The BMW iX xDrive50 is the first model from the BMW Group to be
fitted with a hexagonal steering wheel. The rim’s unique,
track-inspired contour has the effect of improving ease of access and
seating comfort. The hexagonal shape also affords the driver a better
view of the section of the Curved Display positioned directly behind
the steering wheel.
The new-look multifunction buttons on control pads in a glass-effect
finish optimize intuitive operation of both audio and communications
functions and the driver assistance systems. Steering wheel heating
with a new three-stage control system is, for the first time available
for the BMW iX xDrive50 as an option.
BMW Head-Up Display with Frameless Projector Integration
The latest generation of the BMW Head-Up Display features a projector
which has been flush fitted into the surface of the instrument panel
without a frame, meaning that it is hidden from sight. It projects
driving-related information onto the windscreen in the form
of graphics that appear directly in the driver’s field of vision. This
allows the driver to take in all the key data without having to divert
their attention from the road. The information projected by the BMW
Head-Up Display includes the car’s speed, speed limits, Check Control
messages, status indicators and warnings from the driver assistance
systems, detailed route guidance and turn instructions, as well as
telephone and entertainment lists. The display’s imaging angle, height
and brightness can be adjusted individually.
Automatic Climate Control and Integral Nanofiber Filter
The standard four-zone automatic climate control in the BMW iX
xDrive50 allows the driver, the front passenger and the rear-seat
passengers to set their individually desired temperature and
ventilation levels. The driver and front passenger can adjust the
climate control system via the control display or by voice command.
The desired temperature is the key variable for this automatic system.
Depending on the settings selected in the climate control menu,
changing the temperature also adjustments the seat heating, seat
ventilation and steering wheel heat. This means individual functions
no longer need to be operated separately. Moreover, those on board can
see immediately if the system is currently cooling or heating the
interior and if the seat heating or seat ventilation is activated. The
system also considers the number of passengers on board and where they
are sitting. This is the first time that all the vehicle’s temperature
and comfort-enhancing functions have been controlled from a single source.
Innovative nanofiber filter technology provides a particularly
effective means of helping to keep the air in the BMW iX xDrive50
cabin clean as it prevents ultra-fine particles, certain microbial
particles and allergens from entering the vehicle’s interior.
Nanofiber filter technology is more rigorous than normal filter
systems in removing virtually all particles from the air in the
interior in a matter of a few minutes when air recirculation mode is
switched on. Drivers are also able to use the My BMW app to activate
the air conditioning system’s ventilation function before the journey
starts in order to purify the air in the cabin quickly and thoroughly.
Panoramic Glass Roof with Electrochromic Shading
The BMW iX xDrive50 is equipped with a standard panoramic glass roof.
Its single-piece transparent surface spans the entire interior without
any cross struts to break it up, making it the largest glass roof ever
fitted in a model from the BMW Group. The panoramic glass roof plays a
major role in giving the interior the BMW iX its generous feeling of
space and lounge-like ambience and offers passengers exceptional
levels of headroom thanks to the lack of a roller blind. The glass
roof features electrochromic shading instead, which can be activated
at the press of a button to shield the interior from direct sunlight.
The panoramic roof is composed of a steel frame, two glass panels and
three layers of film sandwiched between them. The laminated glass
construction offers both optimum protection against ultraviolet rays
and an excellent standard of acoustic comfort. The upper glass panel’s
triple silver coating is designed to maintain a comfortable climate in
Instead of having an interior liner, the roof is the only one of its
kind in the automotive industry to employ PDLC (Polymer Dispersed
Liquid Crystal) technology for shading the interior. The panoramic
glass roof’s transparency is altered by applying a voltage to the
middle layer of film. The liquid crystals dispersed as droplets in a
polymer matrix are aligned so evenly by the electrical energy that
they allow rays of light to pass through into the interior unimpeded.
When de-energized, it takes less than a second for the crystals
to distribute themselves in a disorderly pattern that creates the
effect of shade. This electrochromic shading can be activated and
deactivated using a button in the roof function center. The shading
mode is activated automatically once the BMW iX xDrive50 has been parked.
Pioneering Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System with 4D Audio
The standard Harman Kardon Surround Sound audio system in the BMW iX
xDrive50 includes 18 speakers and 655 watts of audio power. The five
midrange and five tweeter speakers are complemented by four built-in
speakers in the rear head rests. Automatic sound adjustment based on
the car’s dynamic performance level and Logic7® Surround Sound
technology provide superb listening pleasure for all occupants. The
combination of two central bass speakers and two additional subwoofers
located under the rear seat unit has never been seen before in a BMW
model and ensures powerful sound performance. The timeless, functional
design of the Harman Kardon tweeter grills fits seamlessly into the
design of the BMW iX xDrive50 interior, while the midrange speakers
are integrated out of sight underneath the fabric door panel trim.
Available as an option for the first time, the latest version of the
Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System takes the audio
experience into a new dimension, turning the BMW iX xDrive50 into a
concert hall on wheels. This fully active sound system boasts a
seven-band equalizer for authentic 3D sound, microphone-assisted sound
control based on dynamic performance and four sound modes, allowing
the user to adjust the mood of music playback in just a small number
of steps. With 30 speakers and an impressive amplifier output of
1,615 watts, this highly advanced system produces an exceptionally
clear and wonderfully nuanced sound.
Highlights include eight speakers integrated into the head restraints
of the first and second rows of seats, two Diamond tweeters in the
A-pillars and a quartet of 3D speakers in the headlining, plus two
central bass speakers and two subwoofers under the rear seats. In
addition to this, the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound
System also incorporates a 4D Audio function. Bass shakers in the
front seats generate precise vibrations using software patented by
BMW. These result in intense perception of bass frequencies, even at
low volumes. The midrange units are concealed underneath the
fabric door panel trim, while the tweeters feature brushed
stainless-steel grilles and a discreet lighting effect to provide
an elegant and classy showcase for the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond
Surround Sound System.
Acoustic Pedestrian Protection and BMW IconicSounds Electric
The electric drive system powering the BMW iX xDrive50 produces not
only zero emissions but also almost nothing in the way of sound. In
order to alert other road users that the iX is approaching, it comes
with an acoustic pedestrian protection system. Developed specially for
electrified BMW vehicles, artificially generated and emitted through
exterior speakers, the sound is active up to driving speeds of 19 mph.
It gives the vehicle a brand-typical soundtrack, without impinging on
the comfort of those on board.
The acoustic experience can also be enjoyed in the interior of the
BMW iX xDrive. Pressing the Start/Stop button sparks an inspiring
acoustic accompaniment that builds anticipation for the all-electric
driving experience. This sound production was created as part of a
collaboration between film music composer and Academy Award winner
Hans Zimmer and Creative Director Sound at the BMW Group Renzo Vitale.
When underway, a drive sound delivers authentic feedback to every
movement of the accelerator. The character of the sound alters
according to the vehicle setting chosen with the My Modes button. This
means that in SPORT mode the car’s sound spectrum is more dominant and powerful.
Sustainability Throughout the Entire Value Chain
Sustainability has played a very important role in the development of
the BMW i brand character from the very beginning. Making responsible
use of resources throughout the value chain and minimizing a product’s
carbon footprint at all stages of its life cycle means that careful
attention has been paid to the development and production of the new
BMW iX – from the monitored selection and extraction of raw materials,
through the sourcing of electricity generated from renewable sources
for manufacturing processes, to the use of recycled materials.
The powerful impetus provided by the BMW i brand in leading the way
in this field has helped the BMW Group to stake a claim as the world’s
most successful and sustainable premium mobility company. To achieve
this, advances have been made across a wide variety of areas
that affect the creation and use of vehicles from all the BMW Group’s
brands. Measures for optimizing sustainability are defined for every
model and cover all phases – from the production of raw materials
through manufacturing and use to subsequent recycling.
“Rather than simply passing responsibility on to the supplier
network, we take responsibility together with our direct suppliers,”
explains Dr Andreas Wendt, Member of the Board of Management of BMW
AG, responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. “In so doing, we
tap into our many years of experience and create processes for
attaining greater transparency and traceability.”
Raw Materials Sourcing: Monitored, Transparent, Certified
The sustainability targets for the BMW iX were set at a very early
stage of vehicle development. Defining the appropriate measures
requires detailed knowledge of the materials used, where they
originate from or how they were obtained. This includes the upstream
production chains. The focal points on the purchasing side are
compliance with environmental and social standards, respect for human
rights, conservation of natural resources and reduction of
CO2 emissions. Measures for optimizing sustainability were
therefore established in consultation with suppliers, such as using
recycled materials and harnessing renewable energy.
Besides an eco-friendly manufacturing process, consideration
is also given here to the recyclability of the component in question
and to health-related aspects. The material properties of all
components are meticulously documented and verified at the BMW Group’s
materials laboratory. The checks also include ensuring that
potentially allergenic materials, such as nickel, are not used in
areas where they could be touched by customers.
This holistic approach to improving sustainability also embraces
those technological developments that make it possible to reduce the
use of critical materials, or even avoid them altogether. For
instance, the design principle for the electric motors in
5th generation BMW eDrive technology dispenses with the
need for rare-earth metals in the rotor. Instead of the customary
magnets for which these raw materials are needed, an electrically
excited rotor is used to ensure both instantaneous and precisely
controllable actuation of the electric drive. The BMW Group has
thereby capitalized on its industry-leading development expertise in
the field of drive systems to enable it to produce electric motors
irrespective of rare earth availability.
During development of the latest generation of battery cells, the
proportion of cobalt contained in the cathode material was reduced
to less than ten percent. In addition, the BMW Group procures the
cobalt required for this battery cell generation itself and then makes
it available to the battery cell suppliers. The company can therefore
ensure that environmental and sustainability standards are observed
during the extraction and processing of cobalt and that there are no
violations of human rights.
Although no cobalt from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
is being used in the battery cells for 5th generation BMW
eDrive technology, the BMW Group is involved in a pilot project there
focusing on ecologically and socially sustainable mining of this raw
material. The company, together with its supply chain partners, has
commissioned the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) to
develop measures aimed at improving working and living conditions for
both artisanal mine workers and the inhabitants of nearby communities.
If the project is successful, having cobalt supplied directly from the
DRC could become an option for the BMW Group once more.
Lithium is another raw material that is vital for the production of
high-voltage batteries but classified as critical. The BMW Group again
sources this raw material directly before supplying it to battery cell
manufacturers. This ensures complete transparency regarding the origin
of the raw materials required for lithium-ion batteries. The lithium
used in the high-voltage battery pack on board the BMW iX is mined
from hard-rock deposits in Australia in accordance with the company’s
environmental and sustainability standards. The BMW Group has also
commissioned two prestigious American universities to carry out a
study into sustainable lithium extraction in Latin America. The aim of
the study is to investigate the impact of lithium extraction on local
The BMW Group is making a further commitment to wide-reaching
sustainability through its involvement in an initiative to protect
deep-sea habitats. The move sees the company supporting the activities
of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Germany. In a joint
declaration, the BMW Group and companies in other industries have
undertaken, as a precautionary measure, not to use deep-ocean minerals
or finance deep-sea mining until comprehensive scientific research
into the impact of deep-sea mining can be conducted and sufficient
protection for deep-sea environments can be ensured.
Deep-sea deposits of mineral raw materials have recently received
greater public attention due to growing demand for raw materials in
general. In particular, manganese nodules (polymetallic nodules),
cobalt-rich iron and manganese crusts, as well as massive sulphides
and ore sludge, could attract the interest of mining companies. Some
experts believe this could offer an attractive alternative to minerals
from terrestrial mining. However, the majority remain sceptical
overall, due to the lack of scientific analysis. Currently, there are
not sufficient scientific findings to be able to assess the
environmental risks of deep-sea mining, and we are aware that the
procurement of raw materials requires particular care. For this
reason, the decision has been taken that raw materials from deep-sea
mining are not an option for the company at present.
Among other sustainability goals set out by the BMW Group is the
increased use of secondary raw materials in vehicle production.
Indeed, the company is aiming to significantly increase the proportion
of recycled materials it uses by 2030 and to use raw materials
multiple times as part of a circular economy approach.
Electricity from Renewable Resources for Component and Vehicle Manufacture
Between 2006 and 2019, the BMW Group was able to lower CO2
emissions from vehicle production by over 70 per cent. Compared
with 2019 levels, the amount of CO2 per vehicle is set to
be reduced by a further 40 per cent by 2025 and 80 per cent by 2030.
Since 2020, electricity generated entirely from renewable sources has
been purchased externally for vehicle manufacture at all plants in the
BMW Group’s global production network. Only green hydroelectric power
produced locally at the Isar and Lech rivers is used in the production
of the BMW iX at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing and in the upstream
The manufacture of battery cells is an energy-intensive process. With
a view to also minimizing the carbon footprint in this area, the BMW
Group has secured commitments from all makers of battery cells for
5th generation BMW eDrive technology to only use
electricity from renewable sources.
In order to further reduce the CO2 emissions arising from
the production of aluminium components, the BMW Group is exploring new
ways of sourcing this lightweight material. Since February 2021, the
company has procured aluminum manufactured in the United Arab Emirates
with the help of solar power. Electricity generated in a vast solar
park located in the desert outside Dubai is used for producing the
lightweight metal. The BMW Group plans to continue sourcing aluminium
manufactured with green energy over the long term, enabling it to
reduce carbon emissions by 2.5 million tonnes by 2030. The quantities
of aluminium acquired using solar power cover nearly half the annual
requirements of the light metal foundry at BMW Group Plant Landshut,
whose output includes the casings for the latest-generation electric
motors fitted in the BMW iX xDrive50.
Careful Material Selection, High Proportion of Recycled Materials
Besides the switch to green power, the other factor helping to make
the manufacture of light-alloy components more sustainable in the
BMW Group’s production network is the ongoing increase in the
proportion of secondary aluminum used. Targeted use of recycling
methods for this high-grade lightweight metal can lead to a
substantial reduction in the energy-intensive use of primary aluminum,
which also generates high levels of CO2 emissions when
conventional manufacturing techniques are employed. The proportion of
secondary aluminum used in manufacturing the castings for the BMW iX
xDrive50 is up to 50 percent.
The cabin of the BMW iX xDeive50 features carefully selected
materials which are of high quality and maximize the sustainability
factor. The key elements here are conservation of resources, energy
efficiency in manufacture and suitability for recycling. The use of
chrome in the exterior and interior of the BMW iX xDrive50 has been
reduced by up to 90 percent compared with vehicles where similar
sustainability-enhancing measures have not been applied. For example,
in the interior of the BMW iX xDrive50, chrome is now only used for
selected bolted connections, on the head restraint guides and for the
seat belt buckles and guide loops.
The optional glass and wood controls includes a control panel
on the center console made from sustainably grown wood with the
corresponding FSC certification. The Twist cloth forming part of the
Stonegray interior appointments incorporates natural wool fibers. The
seat coverings are made from Dinamica, a microfiber
material consisting of 50 percent recycled polyester. And the backs
of the textile materials are made of 85 percent recycled material –
a production method utilized by the BMW Group for some 15 years
in a range of vehicles which now includes the BMW iX xDrive50. The
leather upholstery is also notable for the extremely eco-friendly and
material-efficient production method employed. An olive leaf extract
is used to treat the leather instead of conventional tanning agents.
This is obtained from the leaves gathered following the annual
pruning of the trees in European olive groves.
The floor coverings and mats in the BMW iX are made from a synthetic
yarn that is produced from recycled nylon waste material in a
specially developed process. The source material for this includes
fishing nets recovered from the sea along with worn flooring and
residual waste from plastics manufacturing. These waste products are
fed back into the reusable material cycle at a special facility in the
Slovenian capital Ljubljana. For this, the material is first broken
down into its chemical constituents and then processed to produce
nylon granules. The resulting Econyl material forms the basis
for making the floor coverings and mats in the BMW iX. As well as
helping to preserve resources, the use of Econyl also serves to reduce
climate-damaging emissions. The process for manufacturing the recycled
plastic emits around 80 percent less CO2 than conventional
production of petroleum-based nylon.
High-quality recycled material is also featured in a multitude of
other components in the BMW iX. Recycled material accounts for over
20 percent of the thermoplastic content in the vehicle.
The substructure of the door panelling, the cowl panel cover, the
bumper guides and the surround for the front apron, for example, are
all made entirely from reused plastic. The cable ducts on the BMW iX
are manufactured using between 60 and 100 percent recycled plastic,
while the tailgate panelling and the outer surfaces of the door
panelling are both made up of around 30 percent recycled material.
Each BMW iX xDrive50 contains some 130 pounds of recycled plastic in total.
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BMW Group in America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since
1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in
2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include
marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW
brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy
based in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley, and
various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing
Co., LLC in South Carolina is the BMW Group global center of
competence for BMW X models and manufactures the X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7
Sports Activity Vehicles. The BMW Group sales organization is
represented in the U.S. through networks of 349 BMW passenger car and
BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 143 BMW motorcycle retailers, 116
MINI passenger car dealers, and 38 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW
(US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North
America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
Journalist note: Information about BMW Group and its
products in the USA is available to journalists on-line at www.bmwusanews.com, www.miniusanews.com and www.press.bmwna.com.
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