By SEMA News Editors
SEMA News sources recently captured images of the forthcoming BMW iX3 SUV, one the first of the models built on the manufacturer's "Neue Klasse" (New Class), a new platform designed for electric vehicles.
The Neue Klasse lineup will kick off with the BMW iX3 SUV and the BMW i3 sedan, targeting BMW's core market segments. BMW plans to roll out at least six EV models based on the platform within the first two years of production, with the next-generation BMW iX3 slated for release in late 2025.
Spotted testing on frozen lakes in northern Sweden, the design of the upcoming iX3 stays true to BMW's current aesthetic while incorporating elements of the Neue Klasse design language, particularly evident in the front grille and overall proportions, according to insiders.
Underpinning the vehicle is BMW's eDrive technology, featuring round cells similar to Tesla's latest 4680 cells. These taller cells offer improved energy density, faster charging and reduced production costs compared to BMW's current EV architecture, according to experts. With the switch to these advanced cells, the iX3 is expected to deliver a range of more than 375 miles.
Production of the Neue Klasse models will take place at multiple factories worldwide, including facilities in the United States, Hungary and China.