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BMW Australia launches new entry-level EVs, all under LCT threshold

iX1 eDrive20, iX3 M Sport, and i4 eDrive35 pitched under $89,332

BMW Australia has announced some new electric vehicles that fall under the Luxury Car Tax threshold, including the entry versions of the iX1, iX3 and the i4 sedan.

The Luxury Car Tax threshold is currently $89,332 for fuel efficient vehicles. Kicking off the new offerings that fall under this price, BMW presents its new iX1 eDrive20 fully electric small SUV.

It comes powered by a single-motor electric powertrain using a 67kWh battery, offering 475km of range while producing 150kW and 247Nm. The system propels the X1 from 0-100km/h in a claimed 8.6 seconds.

If that’s not powerful enough, the iX1 xDrive30e features a twin-motor setup producing 230kW and 494Nm. It can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 5.6 seconds and offers 400km of range. Local deliveries are set to arrive during Q1 in 2024 for the entry eDrive20 and from Q2, 2023 for the 30.

Need something larger? BMW is presenting the iX3 M Sport, featuring an 80kWh battery. The range is listed at 461km, while the 0-100km/h dash takes a claimed 6.8 seconds. Deliveries are set for Q4, 2023.

Do you prefer a sporty coupe-style sedan instead? Well, the i4 entry model could be just the thing. Called the eDrive35, it features a 70kWh battery that can provide a range of 430km. The single-motor system develops 210kW and 400Nm, which is enough to see 0-100km/h done in 6.0 seconds. Deliveries are set to begin in Q4, 2023.

All except the iX1 xDrive30e are new for Australia, and they come in as the new entry badges for their respective range. This is all part of BMW’s strategy to roll out more EVs going forward, with 12 different fully electric variants to be in showrooms by the end of this year.

BMW Group, on a global level, aims to have more than two million EVs on the road by the end of 2025. It expects that by next year, at least one in five of its new vehicles sold will be fully electric. This is all part of a push to reduce exhaust emissions. By 2030, BMW is aiming to halve the CO2 emissions per vehicle per kilometre from 2019 levels.

Prices for the new lineup start from the following (excluding on-road costs). Expected arrival is listed in the last column in the table below:

Brett Davis

Brett started out as a motor mechanic, but eventually became frustrated working on cars that weren't his. He then earned a degree in journalism and scored a job at Top Gear Australia back in 2008, and then worked at Zoom/Extreme Performance magazines, CarAdvice, and started PerformanceDrive/PDriveTV in 2011 with Josh Bennis, and ran it for 12 years. He's now the owner and managing editor here at Driving Enthusiast.
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