The BMW Concept iX3, unveiled in China, showcases the company’s fifth-generation eDrive system for electric vehicles. The iX3’s eDrive groups the transmission, electric motor, and power electronics in one unit, and is powered by more energy-dense batteries.
The new BMW eDrive system is what next-generation BMW i vehicles will use going forward, the company says. The iX3 is a concept of the sport activity vehicle as an all-electric crossover using the new-gen eDrive. Versions of this eDrive’s previous incarnation are powering the iPerformance line of electrics as well as the MINI Cooper SE Countryman. The new eDrive is a prominent feature of the upcoming iNext powertrain, due in 2021, BMW says.