China is a big market for automakers, so the Beijing Auto Show is a perfect place for a new BMW. Taking center stage in their display is the new iX3 Concept. It is not an X3 or a plug-in hybrid, it is BMW's first battery-powered automobile. In a press release this morning, we learned that it has a modular design. The electric motor, drivetrain, and associated high-voltage components are built as a single unit. Offering 270 horsepower and a range of 249 miles, it could be a foreshadowing of the iNEXT, a production electric car that is slated to arrive in 2021.

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Not to be outdone by other luxury brands, the battery is capable of high-voltage charging in only 30 minutes. It has a capacity of 70 kWh, making it very competitive in this segment. While some might call it a small SUV or a crossover, they use the term SAV for Sports Activity Vehicle. It is on display next to the i Vision Dynamics study, which gives us a clear view of BMW's electric future. Tell us what you think of this concept in the comments below, and click the link to find great deals on the latest conventional X3 models.

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