At the upcoming 2018 Beijing Auto Show, which opens later this week, BMW will be hosting the world premiere of its first all-electric SUV – the BMW iX3.
The all-electric X3 is planned for 2020, and will be part of a three-car strategy that form the basis for the next phase of the BMW Group’s electrification roadmap. The remaining two models are an all-electric MINI due in 2019 and a little-known iNext in 2021. The latter is rumoured to take the form of an autonomous driving crossover.
Despite sharing the X3 name, it appears that the iX3, like all i Series BMW models (not to be confused with i Performance plug-in hybrid variants), will have a bespoke design.
Not much else is known about the car but BMW has since released a 15-second clip on its Twitter account, highlighting the new front grille design of the soon to be unveiled iX3.
The clip focusses on the clear distinction between BMW’s signature double-kidney grille on the X3 and a new conjoined double-kidney grille on the iX3. The new styling makes sense as being an all-electric vehicle, the iX3 doesn’t require any air intakes and a flushed design is preferred to reduce aerodynamic drag.
But this is not the first time that a conjoined double-kidney grille has been used on a BMW. The BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept that was revealed at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show also used a similar theme, thus lending credence to the rumour that this is what the front-end of all future electric BMWs will look like.