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BMW iX3 2023: dual-motor AWD variant likely to wait until next generation EV arrives


Ever since the iX3 was revealed, an AWD option has been notably missing from the range, but buyers may have to wait a bit longer for an all-paw option

BMW has hinted a dual-motor AWD version of the iX3 midsize SUV is unlikely to materialise before the current generation is replaced by a successor built on a dedicated EV platform. 

The current generation X3 was first released in 2017 before the all-electric iX3 was added to the range in 2020, but unlike its combustion counterpart, it has never been sold with an AWD option.

BMW iX3 2023 rear 3/4
The iX3 is currently only available in single-motor RWD guise

It comes just days after BMW confirmed the next-generation X3 will begin production in South Africa in plug-in hybrid guise in 2024, suggesting the current model isn’t long for this world.

BMW Australia product and pricing manager for X vehicles, Daniel Silverwood, told Chasing Cars there were currently no plans he could speak of in regard to a dual-motor AWD iX3. Suggesting such an option may need to wait until the next generation.

“Certainly the BMW Group has conversed on indications about the next generation being on the Neue Klasse, a purpose-built electrified platform,” he said, adding “and I think that’s where we’ll see the broadest offer of electrification”.

The current-generation X3 has been around in some form since 2017

Back in May, the German carmaker said at least six models would be offered on its new Neue Klasse architecture in the first 24 months after production began in 2025.

It’s unclear when the current Chinese-built iX3 will be replaced but given the increasing importance and sales of electric SUVs around the world, it’s likely it will be among the first new models to be released in 2025 on the new platform.

The decision to offer a combustion version and a fully-electric version of the same vehicle on their own dedicated platforms is becoming increasingly common, with the Porsche Macan also utilising this method, likely in an attempt to leverage the performance and packaging benefits of a unique EV structure. 

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It seems unlikely that we’ll see an AWD version of the current iX3

The current generation iX3 is only available with a single-motor 210kW/400Nm setup, offering a relatively relaxed 0-100km/h time of 6.8 seconds in comparison to its more powerful dual-motor rivals.

Along with added pace, a dual-motor option would add more traction on slippery roads and for drivers who wish  to engage in some light off-roading. 

BMW X3 2023: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • X3 sDrive20i: $83,100
  • X3 sDrive20i M Sport: $88,100
  • X3 xDrive20d: $86,100
  • X3 xDrive20d M Sport: $91,100
  • X3 xDrive30i M Sport: $97,900
  • X3 xDrive30d M Sport: $104,300
  • iX3: $104,900
  • X3 xDrive30e M Sport: $111,800
  • X3 M40i: $126,800
  • X3 M Competition: $178,000

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