BMW Launches iX M60 at CES and Reveals it is Headed Down Under by Mid-2022
Debuting at CES was BMW’s iX M60, the third variant in the BMW iX line-up and the latest fully electric offering from the BMW M high-performance brand.
As would be expected of an M-brand vehicle, the iX M60 has plenty of grunt on tap. BMW says there is up to 455kW and 1015Nm of torque available from its dual electric motor set-up, with up to 1100Nm available when Launch Control is activated. 0 to 100km/h can be done in 3.8 seconds and top speed is 250km/h.
Performance is not just restricted to those regular power and speed figures. Range – an important measurement for any electric vehicle – is impressive too, with BMW claiming a 566km range (WLTP cycle). Energy comes from a 112kWh battery and with DC current charging available up to 200kW, a 10 to 80 per cent charge can be done in around 35 minutes, or 150km or range can be added in about 10 minutes.
Alternating current (AC) charging of up to 11kW is also available.
Suspension technology includes a doublewishbone front axle, a five-link rear axle and electric steering with Servotronic function and variable ratio. In addition, there’s M specific set-up adaptive dual-axle air suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers.
As with all EVs, weight is a consideration in design and construction and the iX M60 uses an aluminium spaceframe concept and carbon cage with carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) in the roof, side and rear sections that combine to increased rigidity and optimise weight.
An extensive range of driving technology systems is offered, including the latest generation iDrive display and control system. It is based on the new BMW Operating System 8 and has been designed with a focus on the touch function of the BMW Curved Display and voice communication with the enhanced BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. BMW Live Cockpit Professional and BMW Natural Interaction allows functions to be operated using speech and gestures. Top-notch navigation comes via the cloud-based BMW Maps system and Augmented Reality Video on the Control Display.
Remote Software Upgrades will offer the possibility to install new and improved vehicle functions over-the-air via the BMW Australia ConnectedDrive store.
Model-specific design touches include brake callipers in dark blue with M logo, and optional BMW Individual Titanium Bronze Exterior Line and M logos in High Gloss Black/Titanium Bronze finish on the front side panels and the rear of the vehicle.
Other standard features include Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, Active Seat Ventilation for driver and front passenger and a Thermal Comfort Package. The iX M60 will be available with 22-inch aerodynamic alloy wheels with an exclusive Titanium Bronze design.
Good news is that BMW Australia have said the iX M60 will be available in the local market mid-year
11 February 2022