It looks like online pre-bookings for the BMW iX3 have opened in Malaysia, allowing potential buyers to place their orders for the electric SUV from the comfort of their homes. The car was launched in October last year, after which the first batch of 30 units was quickly picked up.
Inspiring and Impressive variants incur a booking fee of RM5,000 on the official BMW Shop website. As a reminder, the first obtains a price excluding taxes of RM307,160 on the road without insurance, while the latter sells for RM325,160. These figures include the 50% Sales and Service Tax (SST) rebate valid until June 30, as well as the two-year unlimited-mileage base warranty.
Add the five-year warranty and five-year/100,000 km service plan and prices jump to RM322,800 and RM340,800 respectively. A Power Package with a 22 kW AC home wall box and type 2 charging cable is also available, and with it the iX3 costs RM327,800 for the Inspiring and RM345,800 for the Awesome.
The iX3 comes with the government’s exemptions on import taxes, excise duties and road taxes, reducing prices between RM10,200 and RM11,200. According to a BMW Malaysia spokesperson, this also includes the first batch, which arrived in Malaysia in December and January.
These cars, which included a free Power Package and one year of free access to the ChargEV charging network (worth RM240), could only be registered once the Department of Road Transport (JPJ) officially introduced the road tax exemption. Buyers received their cars in late January and February, he said.
Whichever variant you choose, you get a rear-mounted electric motor delivering 210 kW (286 hp) and 400 Nm of torque. Thus equipped, the iX3 will go from zero to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds before reaching an electronically limited top speed of 180 km/h.
The car is also equipped with a 73.8 kWh lithium-ion battery that offers a range of between 453 and 461 km on the WLTP cycle. Charging the iX3 takes around seven and a half hours using the maximum AC charging power of 11 kW; alternatively, you can power the battery via a DC fast charger up to 150kW, filling it up to 80% in just 32 minutes.
In terms of specifications, there are not many differences between the two variants. The base Inspiring model is already well-equipped with the M Sport package, adaptive LED headlights, 19-inch Style 842 aero alloy wheels, Vernasca leather upholstery, stitched Sensatec leatherette-covered dashboard, trim brushed aluminum interiors with Pearl Chrome finishes and electroplated silver switchgear.
Also equipped are keyless entry, push-button start, adaptive dampers, power-adjustable front seats with driver-side heating and memory, three-zone automatic climate control, Qi wireless charger, panoramic sunroof in glass, parking assistance with reversing assistant, a 205-watt audio system with 12 speakers, a reversing camera and a hands-free electric tailgate.
Impressive model adds Laserlight headlights, 20-inch offset Style 890 M alloys, head-up display, acoustic glass front side windows, gesture control, 16-speaker 464-watt Harmon Kardon audio system, 360-degree camera system and IconicSounds Electric synthetic driving sounds – the latter developed in partnership with renowned composer Hans Zimmer.
Impressively (no pun intended), both variants come with the Driving Assistant Professional package, adding a full range of active safety features. These include autonomous emergency braking, evasive steering assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centering assist, blind spot monitoring, recognition traffic signs, emergency stop assistance and adaptive high beams.
The iX3 also comes standard with a pedestrian horn and active protection. The latter is BMW’s version of Mercedes-Benz’s Pre-Safe which primes the seatbelt pretensioners and closes all windows if the car detects an impending collision. Browse full specifications and equipment of the BMW iX3 on CarBase.my.
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