GM is ramping up its all-electric vehicle efforts, with plans to launch 30 new EVs globally by 2025. To that end, the Detroit-based automaker is also evaluating rival EVs on sale today, including the BMW iX crossover.
Our spies captured a BMW iX – a fully electric crossover from the Munich-based automaker – in the hands of GM’s competitive benchmarking team in the vicinity of the GM Milford Proving Ground.
Take note of the number “6” on the back and the roof-mounted CB antenna, with the latter likely being used to transmit signals per GM’s competitive intelligence requirements.
The BMW iX is BMW’s entry into the mid-size crossover EV segment. Measuring in at 195 inches in length, this all-electric crossover is BMW’s most high-tech electric crossover yet, and delivers a spacious cabin as well as nimble handling.
Highlights include a dual electric motor setup delivering 516 horsepower and a 0-60 mph acceleration of just over four seconds, a large 14.9-inch infotainment center, and 290 miles of highway range at 75 mph.
The BMW iX has a starting price of $84,100, with an addition $995 in destination and handling fees, which is severely undercut by the $64,000 starting price tag of the Cadillac Lyriq AWD.
As a reminder, the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq is Cadillac’s first all-electric production vehicle. The 2023 Lyriq is currently available (albeit sold out) in the base Luxury trim level, but will be joined by the Lyriq Sport and Lyriq Premium Luxury for the 2024 model year, as per the marque’s Y trim level strategy. GM Authority brought you exclusive first photos of the Lyriq Sport in September.
The Cadillac Lyriq features GM Ultium battery technology and GM Ultium drive motor technology for motivation, with powertrain output coming in at 340 horsepower for RWD models and 500 horsepower for the AWD models. Range-per-charge is rated at more than 300 miles. Under the skin is the GM BEV3 platform, with production taking place at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee.