- The first fully electric-powered BMW X model has been revealed this week, the BMW iX3.
Since the launch of the BMW i3 in 2013, BMW have made technological advances which now culminate in the company’s fifth-generation eDrive technology which comprises of a more efficient electric motor, optimised battery and a high charging capacity. This latest technology and improved efficiency allows the iX3 to offer a range of up to 285 miles (WLTP).
The same BMW eDrive technology will also be fitted to the upcoming BMW iNEXT and BMW i4 models from 2021.
This latest model now makes the BMW X3 the brand’s first model to be available with a pure-electric drive system, a plug-in hybrid system or petrol and diesel engines. The new BMW iX3 will launch with an exclusive Premier edition for the UK market in Summer next year.
Pricing and standard specification details will be revealed in Autumn 2020, with pre-ordering opening at the same time.
- Nissan has revealed the All-New Nissan Ariya, an electric coupé crossover which the company says marks a new chapter for Nissan electric vehicles.
The Ariya is said to offer a luxurious lounge-like atmosphere, stress-free autonomous driving features, voice personal assistance and seamless connectivity. Five core models offered for the European market, including two-wheel-drive and “e-4ORCE” all-wheel-drive versions.
63kWh and 87kWh batteries are available for each model, with the latter having an estimated rage of up to 310 miles (WLTP)
Availability and pricing for the Nissan Ariya will be shared in the coming months.
- The company to be formed from the merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Groupe PSA (owners of Peugeot, Citroen, DS and Vauxhall) has been a given the name “Stellantis”.
A joint statement was released by both manufacturers and offered further details about Stellantis, with ownership to be split 50/50 between shareholders of each merged company.
Groupe PSA are set to gain access to the US market through FCA and FCA will be able to make use of PSA’s new electrified platforms. It’s also expected for both companies to combine resources for future autonomous vehicle projects.