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The new BMW iX is an angular beast

The new BMW iX is an angular beast

The interior of the new BMW iX

The interior of the new BMW iX

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The new BMW iX is an angular beast

BMW iX & i4 - Irish launch

Earlier this week BMW launched two of the manufacturer's most exciting cars in years and Motormouths was there to see if the new 'flagship' electric model (the iX) lived up to the hype.

While we were there we were also treated to ogle the new i4 which was unveiled alongside the eSUV.

Over the course of a few hours around the back roads and motorways of Kildare we instantly got a feel for why the iX will sit perfectly in the BMW SUV buyer's radar. It is big, bold, brash, new and now it comes in EV form.

There is an iX xDrive50 with a massive 523hp and a range of up to 613km, making it one of the longest range cars on the market. There is also an xDrive40 with a more reasonable 326hp and can cover 414 km on a single charge.

The ridiculously-impressive battery range is complemented with flexible charging that is designed to be as convenient as possible. DC power can be taken on board at a rate of up to 195 kW (xDrive50) or 150 kW (xDrive40). This allows the battery charge to be increased from 10 to 80 per cent in around 35 minutes (xDrive50) or 31 minutes (xDrive40).

Both variants will be available in Sport or M Sport trim levels, with the extensive standard specification including 21-inch alloy wheels, Driving Assistant Professional, Parking Assistant, BMW Live Cockpit Professional, climate comfort windscreen, four-zone air conditioning, heated front seats, wireless phone charging and Shadow Line exterior trim.

All the usual BMW-level of options, including dedicated Packs that group extras which complement each other, allow for further personalisation.

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The interior of the new BMW iX

The interior of the new BMW iX

The interior of the new BMW iX

And before I get on to how it feels and drives you should know that there will be an iX M60 released at a later date, that will produce a mind boggling 600hp.

On the outside it is slick and angular with a body mass most similar to that of the brand's X5 but with slanted rear end more associated with the X6.

The giant 'kidney' grille (now a standard feature) houses an array of cameras and sensors to make your driving experience easier and safer. And while I know the new design polarises diehard BMW fans, no one can argue that in a car of this size it looks incredible.

The electric all-wheel-drive system in the BMW iX transmits exactly the right amount of drive torque to the front and rear wheels in all driving situations.

The new generation of the iDrive system, display concept and Operating System 8 are all making their debut in this beauty, making interaction between driver and vehicle even more intuitive than before.

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Everything is created to make driving easier for anyone lucky enough to sit behind the wheel. This would also easily fit three big kids in the back, and they will be easily entertained thanks to the copious amounts of charge points.

The on-the-road price for this starts from €85,815 and can stretch up to around €117k but you get the impression that people who buy this won't be too worried about cost.

We will be getting a full test week in it early next year and will report back.

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