Despite the fact that BMW has decided not to attend CES in person this year, the iX M60 will be on hand in Las Vegas this week to showcase its technology and design. The firm has set up a Livestream for the show’s world debut, which will begin on January 5 at 8 PM CET / 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT and will last for around one hour. Aside from displaying the high-performance electric SUV, BMW will also demonstrate colour-changing technology for the body paint as well as a glimpse into the future of in-car entertainment at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). During the same 30-minute webcast, we should be able to view these technologies.
Of course, we’re most interested in learning more about what will be the world’s second electric M vehicle, if it happens. The forthcoming BMW iX M60, which will compete with the i4 M50, is likely to be available only with xDrive and a larger battery (115.5-kWh pack). Because it carries “the most powerful letter in the world,” the peppery derivative has been designed with performance in mind, which means efficiency will suffer compared to the xDrive50’s 324-mile EPA rating.
You will undoubtedly lose some of your efficiency advantages, but BMW will compensate you by providing you with additional power. We’ve heard that it might have more than 600 horsepower distributed between both axles, as well as far more immediate torque than the xDrive50’s already impressive 564 lb-ft (765 Nm). Because of this, you should expect the sprint to 60 mph to take significantly less time than the 4.4 seconds required by the lesser version.
Prepare to fork up a significant sum of money, as we anticipate the M60 to cost in the six figures once you select a few options from the available list. When you consider that the xDrive50 starts at $83,200 MSRP before you spend time in the configurator customising it with additional amenities, that appears to be an educated assumption.
In addition to the i4, the iX is in high demand, and BMW will hire 6,000 more personnel this year to keep up with the high demand for the SUV and other BMW models. Unfortunately, the cheaper xDrive40 that is already offered in Europe and other countries will not be available in the United States for the foreseeable future.