Just in time for state borders opening up for domestic travel, BMW Malaysia has unveiled two all-electric versions of its popular SUV. The mid-sized iX3 offers guilt-free power, performance and style that epitomises the Munich marque’s signature driving experience.
Powering the new iX3 is an efficient electric motor with an 80-kWh lithium-ion battery that offers an impressive range of up to 461km — this is a return trip from Kuala Lumpur to Melaka, or a one-way drive to Kuala Terengganu. Charging is quick and easy, which in the Klang Valley is increasingly easy due to the popularity of charging stations at major shopping malls.
The car supports DC fast charging at rates of up to 150kW for 80% charge in 32 minutes, while AC charging at up to 11kW is supported via a Type 2 connection for 100% in about 7½ hours. Available in the Inspiring and Impressive variants, both cars are equipped with the M Sport package as standard, offering an expressive exterior design language that is even more dynamic.
The Inspiring variant clocks in at RM335,800, while the Impressive variant with its more sophisticated trims pushes the price up to RM354,800. Both prices are on the road, without insurance.
The vehicles come with a bunch of nifty extras — the five-year extended warranty and six-year service package, as well as the power package, which comes with the BMW i Wallbox and BMW standard charging cable, and an eight-year, 160,000km battery warranty.
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This article first appeared on Oct 1, 2021 in The Edge Malaysia.