During CES 2022, held in Las Vegas, BMW took the opportunity to present the iX M60, the top-of-the-range version of its new electric SUV. However, this has not been the only novelty that the company has revealed during the fair, as it has brought a prototype of the iX capable of changing the color of its bodywork.
The truth is that BMW has not yet given any details of this striking solution, although before the event it confirmed that it would present a “technology that changes the exterior color of a vehicle at the touch of a button. ” At the moment it is not clear if this advance will reach the brand’s production vehicles in the short term.
Although BMW has not released official images of this technology, the Twitter user @ Out_of_Spec has uploaded a video in which the prototype can be seen changing color: it starts gray, then suddenly changes to a white tone, and finally, it begins to vary from one to the other dynamically.
The appearance of both shades is especially striking, very similar to that of conventional paint. According to the netizen, this paint is very sensitive to temperature, which is why BMW has brought a backup unit to replace the iX in the video in case it gets too cold or too hot.
BMW has not yet given details about this technology
The BMW iX has been conceived as the technological flagship of the German brand, which is why its choice to debut this solution comes as no surprise. It is expected that later this model will also be the first to incorporate the latest advances of the company in terms of driving assistants.
Currently, the BMW iX is marketed in three versions: xDrive40, xDrive50, and M60. The first equipped a useful 71 kWh battery, while the other two have a more capable pack of 105.2 kWh. These differences are noticeable in their autonomies, of 424 km WLTP, 630 km WLTP, and 575 km WLTP respectively.
They all have a “dual motor” configuration and all-wheel drive. The iX xDrive40 produces 326 hp (240 kW) and 630 Nm, allowing it to complete 0-100 km / h in 6.1 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 km / h, while the iX xDrive50 is going to 523 hp (385 kW) and 765 Nm, lowering the time to 4.6 seconds (top speed remains unchanged).
The iX M60 announces 619 PS (455 kW) and 1,100 Nm, which has a direct impact on its acceleration (3.8 seconds) and its top speed (250 km / h). Regarding the load, the xDrive40 reaches 150 kW of power in direct current (10-80% in 31 minutes), while the xDrive50 and M60 reach 200 kW (10-80% in 35 minutes).