So you think the giant kidney grille on the new BMW is fugly? Perhaps a futuristic touch, such as the one seen on the new 2022 BMW iX, will make it look a little less ugly? I think it does alleviate the look – thanks to the lack of openings required by an IC vehicles.
Anywho, so yeah, the iX has been announced. The 2022 BMW iX is the German automaker’s first all-electric compact SUV based on the rather unsightly Vision iNext concept from 3 years ago.
The new BMW iX’s look isn’t for everyone. Some may see it as ugly – yours truly, included. That is until I recall the image of the concept from 3 years ago, turned back and look at the iX, and go, wow, it is so much less ugly! Not going to lie, the look is starting to grow on me… except for the rear end which I will never reconcile with. Is there a glitch with the back?
The 2022 BMW iX All-Electric SUV is powered by two electric motors set up to provide a full-time all-wheel-drive and paired to a 106.3 kWh battery system good for about 300 miles range. The vehicle also benefits from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) body panels.
Two models will be offered: an xDrive50 and an M60 model. The former has a total output of 516 HP, enough to rocket it from naught to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, while the latter will pack over 600 horses.
Expect all the creature comfort, luxury a BMW has to offer, along with the options for adjustable air suspension and a rear-wheel-steering system.
The 2022 BMW iX Electric SUV is available for pre-order in the U.S. now with a base price of US$83,200 for BMW iX xDrive50. Delivery in June 2022 is sold out, but Summer 2022 delivery is still available.
The more luxe M60 model will be available later with yet-to-be-announced pricing. Meanwhile, you may learn more about this pretty damn radical-looking BMW’s first compact electric SUV HERE.
All images courtesy of BMW Group.