New BMW iX3 now available for pre-order

BMW's newest fully-electric car is set to be delivered to customers next summer, with prices starting from £61,900

A week ago, I wrote an article about BMW's 'Power of Choice' plan that aims to make the company a leader in EV production. Among the cars that were announced was the electric version X3 called iX3, which has just been unveiled.

Although the car may be electric, it still packs a punch in terms of performance; the newly developed electric-motor-and-battery engine develops 282bhp, allowing the car to go 0-62 in 6.8sec and reach the top speed of 112mph, which is admittedly not impressive, but is relatively fast for an EV not built for performance.

There will be two exclusive versions offered at launch: the Premier Edition and Premier Edition Pro, with price starting from £61,900 and £64,900 respectively. Although there has been no confirmation on whether cheaper variant will follow, there is a possibility of that happening.

The Premier Edition acts as the standard version and will have features such as an electric tailgate, wireless smartphone charging and electrically adjustable heated front seats. The Premier Edition Pro will meanwhile have more features, such as gesture control, a head-up display and a Harman Kardon surround-sound system.

The car does sound great, and make no mistake, I really like the idea of electric cars, but this car does have a major flaw: its price. I cannot really imagine an average-middle class bloke/woman making a decision to buy an electric car and then choosing an iX3 for more than £60,000; even the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - a car that bores people do death faster than a conversation with James May - cost half of that!

Still, I think that it's a great car, and if you do want to contribute to saving the planet, then I do suggest you buy this car. I'm sure you won't regret it.

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