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BMW X4 to be Phased Out, All-Electric iX4 to Take the Spotlight

BMW is set to replace its beloved X4 model with an all-electric successor, the iX4. This change is expected to take place in late 2026, with the iX4 hitting the market as a 2027 model​.

A New Era of Electric Performance

The BMW iX4 will be built on the innovative Neue Klasse platform, which promises to deliver cutting-edge electric vehicle (EV) technology. Central to this advancement are BMW’s sixth-generation (Gen6) batteries. These batteries are a game-changer, offering a 30% increase in range and 30% faster charging speeds compared to previous models. Additionally, the Gen6 batteries are expected to reduce production costs by about 50% and significantly lower CO2 emissions during manufacturing​.

Power and Efficiency Combined

The iX4 will come in various power configurations, including both rear-wheel drive (RWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) variants. The RWD long-range version is anticipated to deliver an EPA-estimated range of over 300 miles, making it ideal for longer journeys without frequent recharging. The AWD variant, possibly named the M50, will impress with a 0-60 mph sprint in under four seconds.

Global Production Plans

Production of the iX4 will begin at BMW’s new plant in Debrecen, Hungary. However, given the flexibility of the Neue Klasse platform and BMW’s extensive production capabilities, the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina might also join the production efforts in the future. This strategic move underscores BMW’s commitment to expanding its EV lineup and adapting to the evolving automotive landscape​.

Competitive Edge

The introduction of the iX4 positions BMW to compete directly with other electric SUVs, such as the Tesla Model Y and the Audi Q6 Sportback e-tron. The iX4 is expected to feature sleek, futuristic designs and advanced technology that enhance performance and efficiency, making it a strong contender in the EV market​.

Looking Ahead

BMW’s transition from the X4 to the iX4 is part of a broader strategy to increase its electric vehicle offerings and reduce environmental impact. By 2030, BMW aims for half of its annual global sales to be EVs, with a target of producing two million all-electric cars by 2025​.

For fans of the current X4, the clock is ticking to experience this iconic model in its traditional form. The future promises a seamless blend of BMW’s signature driving dynamics with the benefits of electric power, heralding a new chapter in the brand’s storied history.

Source: (CarExpert)​​ (BMW BLOG) (TopElectricSUV)​​

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