- BMW has revealed the launch specifications for its first fully-electric X model, the BMW iX3.
Set to launch next year, customers can currently choose between the iX3 Premier Edition and BMW iX3 Premier Edition Pro, both offering a significant level of standard equipment over and above the current X3, which has subsequently become the brand’s first model offered with a pure-electric drive system, a plug-in hybrid system or petrol and diesel engines.
Generating a maximum output of 286 hp, the iX3 can reach 0 to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds, putting it in the same territory as the conventionally powered BMW X3 xDrive30i. Top speed is electronically limited to 112 mph, with power being sent to the rear wheels.
The BMW iX3 features 188 prismatic battery cells, which is around 20% higher than BMW Group’s other electric vehicles so far and has a battery capacity of 80 kWh, with a maximum range of up to 279 miles (WLTP).
Prices start at £61,9000 for the BMW iX3 Premier Edition and £64,9000 for the BMW iX3 Premier Edition Pro. Available to order now, with deliveries starting in Summer 2021.
- Hyundai Motor has unveiled the All-New Hyundai Tucson, which features an experimental design and the latest technology, setting new standards in the compact SUV segment.
The All-New Tucson is the fourth generation of Hyundai’s best-seller and has sold more than 7 million units around the world since it launched in 2004.
Offering the most electrified powertrain line-up in the compact SUV segment, including hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and 48-volt mild hybrid options, the all-new Tucson completes the electrification of Hyundai’s SUV fleet in Europe. Other electrified SUVs produced by Hyundai include the fully-electric and hybrid versions of the Kona, NEXO, its second-generation hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, and the Santa Fe with hybrid and plug-in hybrid options on top of the line-up.
The first of the All-New Tucson models – hybrid, diesel and petrol, including 48-volt mild hybrid, will be available to order at end of the year. Meanwhile, the plug-in hybrid version and N Line trim will arrive at the beginning of 2021.
- Suzuki has announced the Suzuki Swace, a hybrid estate car and the second vehicle supplied to Suzuki by Toyota Motor Corporation and is based on Touring Sport version of the Toyota Corolla it is based on.
Suzuki and Toyota made a collaborative business agreement in 2019 and revealed their first car together in July this year - the Suzuki ACORSS 4X4, a plug-in hybrid SUV based on the Toyota RAV4.
The Suzuki Swace goes on sale in Winter, with specs to be announced closer to the launch date.