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2023 BMW iX: Choosing the Right Trim


The 2023 BMW iX xDrive50 has a new, more aggressive sibling —  the 2023 BMW iX M60.

While little has changed with the BMW iX xDrive50 EV for 2023, the super sporty new iX M60 will make a big splash with up to 610 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque.

The Tesla Model X serves as the iX M60’s primary rival. Nearly equal in price, the iX M60 and the Tesla Model X Long Range are about equal in the 0-60 sprint. However, the Model X Long Range has roughly 80 miles more range.

For the most part, the xDrive50 and the iX M60 share content. A 12.3-inch and a 14.9-inch screen are joined together in one curved panel stretching across about 60 percent of the dashboard. The 12.3-inch screen is a digital gauge display, and the 14.9-inch screen is the infotainment touchscreen. Many of the xDrive50’s options wind up as standard for the iX M60.

The iX M60, though, provides a few unique standard performance features. For instance, it rides on an M-calibrated dual-axle air suspension that automatically regulates ride height independently for each wheel. Moreover, it works in tandem with electronically controlled shock absorbers. You can manually adjust the vehicle’s height through a button on the center console.

BMW uses two uniquely engineered electrically excited motors (one per axle) to spin the wheels for both iX models. Rather than using magnets, the motor rotors are motivated by the flow of electric energy. This negates the need for the rare-earth materials found in magnets.

All-wheel drive (AWD) is standard.

Both BMW iX models qualify for the $7,500 federal government tax credit.

2023 BMW iX xDrive50 (starting at $83,200)

The dual-motor setup generates a combined total of 516 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque. This is good for a sprint to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and an estimated maximum range of 324 miles.

Range is a function of many factors but wheel size is a key one. To reach the maximum range, you need the iX’s 20-inch standard wheels. Moving up to the optional 21-inch wheels drops the maximum range to 305 miles.

The government uses a special formula to determine fuel economy for EVs called miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe). For the xDrive50, those numbers are 86 MPGe city/86 MPGe highway/87 MPGe combined.

BMW loads up the iX xDrive50 with standard features. They include LED exterior lights (auto on-off adaptive headlights, taillights, and daytime running lights) and a power rear liftgate. Proximity keyless entry with push-button start, remote keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, and wireless phone charging are also standard. Also included are high-beam assist, a rearview camera washing system, and a heated steering wheel.

Other features are 8-way power-adjustable heated front seats, perforated faux-leather seating, and rain-sensing wipers. Heated power-folding outboard mirrors with integrated turn signals and an auto-dimming rearview mirror are included, too. As are quad-zone automatic climate control, and a power-adjustable steering wheel.

To keep everyone entertained and connected, among the infotainment features are a 14.0-inch touchscreen, a 12-speaker audio system, and Bluetooth. Also included are five USB ports, navigation, satellite-radio capability, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

BMW outfits the iX with an array of driver aids and safety features. They include forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring with steering assist. Also standard are lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, front-rear park assist, and reverse automatic braking assist. Driver-alert assist and lane-keeping assist are included, as well. See 2023 BMW iX xDrive50 models for sale.

Options & Financing

BMW offers two option packages. At $2,300, the Convenience Package adds Natural Interaction, a head-up display, a surround-view camera, self-parking, and an 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

The Premium Package ($4,000) provides all the features in the Convenience Package plus an interior cabin camera, upgraded massaging front seats, and more.

Adding the $995 destination fee to the xDrive50 brings the total to $84,195. With no money down, financing that amount for 60 months at 3% interest works out to about $1,513 per month. See 2023 BMW iX xDrive50 models for sale.

2023 BMW iX xDrive50 includes:

Driver Aids – These include forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with steering assist, lane-keeping assist, and more.

Proximity keyless entry – If the key fob is on your person, the doors automatically unlock when you touch the door handle. Push-button start is paired with keyless entry. Keyless remote is also standard.

Quad-zone automatic climate control – It separates the vehicle into four zones, one each for the front driver and passenger, as well as one each for the two second-row outboard seating positions.

2023 BMW iX M60 (starting at $105,100)

Using the same one-motor-per-axle arrangement, the M60 develops 532 horsepower and 749 lb-ft of torque. In Sport mode the output increases to 610 hp. If you engage Launch mode, the torque soars to 811 lb-ft.

This translates into a sprint to 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds. Although not yet verified by the EPA, BMW puts the estimated maximum range of the iX M60 at 280 miles. Nor has the EPA issued any MPGe figures for the iX M60.

Building on the xDrive50, the M60 adds mostly performance upgrades. They include Active Steering with rear-axle steering, 2-axle adaptive air suspension, and M Sport brakes with blue calipers. Other standard features are 21-inch alloy wheels, ventilated front seats, Natural Interaction, a head-up display, and a surround-view camera.

A 30-speaker Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, massaging front seats, rear heated seats, and front/rear heated armrests are standard, as well. Other features are adaptive cruise control and adaptive LED headlights.

With most of the xDrive50 options moving to the standard column for the M60, its only options are a $1,150 Luxury Package with soft-close automatic doors and real-wood interior accents. The Driving Assistance Professional Package ($1,900) gains you self-parking and the semi-autonomous Active Driving Assistant Pro.

Adding the $995 destination fee to the M60 base price brings the total to $106,095. Financing that amount with no money down for 60 months at 3% interest works out to about $1,906. See 2023 BMW iX M60 models for sale.

2023 BMW iX M60 includes:

Parking Assistant Plus – A self-parking system, it will locate an appropriate parking space and then park itself. The “Plus” part is all the extra cameras and views “Plus” brings to the system.

Active Steering – This system combines a variable front steering ratio and rear-wheel steering, allowing the vehicle to make quicker, tighter turns.

Bowers & Wilkins audio system – Featuring 30 speakers, this 1,615-watt system includes headrest speakers in each of the four seats, two under-floor subwoofers, and four bass shakers in the front seats.

FAQ

Is there a sporty new version of the 2023 BMW iX?

Yes, there is. It’s called the 2023 BMW iX M60, and this fully electric midsize SUV can shoot to 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds. It’s also a showcase for BMW’s cutting-edge technology, including artificial intelligence (AI).

Which 2023 BMW iX trim is the best?

The BMW iX xDrive50 is well equipped and offers all the performance most drivers will ever want. Of course, if you need a big jump in performance, the iX M60 will call your name.

Is the 2022 BMW iX M60 safe?

So far, no third party has crash-tested the 2022 BMW iX. However, BMW has loaded the iX with safety and driver-aid technologies. For example, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with steering assist, and lane-keeping assist. Also standard are lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and reverse automatic braking assist, driver-alert assist, and front-rear park assist.

Optional on the xDrive50 but standard on the M60 are a surround-view camera with 3D and a head-up display. Self-parking and a semi-autonomous driver-assist system are optional on both versions of the new BMW iX.

Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps is an author specializing in automotive, financial and travel news. For nearly 35 years he has covered the automotive industry for newspapers, magazines and internet websites. His resume includes The Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, The Washington Times and numerous other daily newspapers through syndication. He edited Auto World magazine, and helped create and edit NOPI Street... Read More about Russ Heaps

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