BMW’s performance flagship iX M60 is set to explode into Australian showrooms this year and claim the title of most powerful electric SUV – until the updated Tesla Model X arrives here at least.
The M60 will top the recently launched iX lineup when it hits our shores mid-year, priced at $222,900 before on-road costs, or $52,000 more than the iX xDrive50 Sport.
Fast, electric and premium SUV rivals include the Tesla Model X, which has been delayed in Australia as the US electric vehicle specialist continues to prepare for production of the heavily revised Model X and Model X siblings. S. It is not known whether they will arrive here before the end of the year.
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The iX M60 is the second all-electric M model after the four-door i4 M50 liftback launched earlier this year.
Outputs from the iX M60 are 455kW of power and 1100Nm of torque, well above the iX xDrive50’s 385kW / 765Nm, but not quite up to the twin motor’s 499kW of the Model X. The Model X Plaid blows it out of the water with 760 kW.
The iX M60 can cover the dash from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds and it has an electric range of 566 km on the WLTP cycle. An energy consumption figure remains to be confirmed.
The use of two motors ensures that the M60 is all-wheel drive and also contains a high energy density 112 kWh battery.
It can be charged at a rate of 11 kW for AC and 200 kW for AC, ensuring a charge from 10 to 80% of the battery capacity in approximately 35 minutes. Charging on a public DC fast charger can add 150 km of range in just 10 minutes, according to BMW.
The German automaker says the iX M60’s dynamics are aided by the AWD system, along with actuator-based wheel slip limitation and BMW M twin-axle air suspension with automatic level control.
Standard equipment for the M60 includes 22-inch alloy wheels and sports tyres, soft-closing doors, BMW’s ‘IconicSounds’ electric sound, olive tanned leather, ‘Sky Lounge’ panoramic glass roof , M Sport brakes with blue calipers, an interior camera, electric and heated front seats, keyless entry and start and a Bowers and Wilkins surround sound system.
It comes with a five-year subscription to the Chargefox network with unlimited charging, a choice of one non-metallic paint color and seven metallic shades.
Three no-cost interior trim options are offered, including a non-animal-based Stone Gray option, while a $3,500 Comfort Package adds a heated steering wheel, cooled front seats, and a heated Comfort Package that adds heating to the rear seats, armrests as well as the dashboard and door panels.