New BMW iX will not catch up with the Tesla Model X- German Automobile Institute

New BMW iX will not catch up with the Tesla Model X- German Automobile Institute

BMW recently unveiled a pre-production prototype of the large BMW iX electric SUV , which will hit the market in a year. The Bavarians said it was their technological flagship. Nevertheless, some experts claim that they will not be able to catch up with this vehicle Tesla Model X, which started production 5 years ago. And Audi and Mercedes-Benz should be in a similar situation.
BMW recently unveiled a pre-production prototype of the large BMW iX electric SUV , which will hit the market in a year. The Bavarians said it was their technological flagship. Nevertheless, some experts claim that they will not be able to catch up with this vehicle Tesla Model X, which started production 5 years ago. And Audi and Mercedes-Benz should be in a similar situation.

The new BMW iX will not catch up with the Tesla Model X, claims the German Automobile Institute

Director of the German Automotive Institute Center of Automotive Management (CAM), Prof. Dr. Stefan Bratzel, claims that German premium carmakers are approaching Tesla, but still lag behind it. According to him, BMW , Mercedes-Benz and Audi are at least 2 to 3 years behind.

And that’s when it comes to electric propulsion systems, including batteries and connectivity. These manufacturers are also trying to develop their own operating systems, but this is not so simple, and while it lasts, says Bratz and adds: “I would say that BMW is coming, but it will take a few years to really align company Tesla in all respects.” The Bavarian carmaker is to be less ambitious in terms of autonomous management when planning only level 3.

According to the director of CAM, Tesla has the advantage that it does not carry with it the legacy of old technologies and can focus fully on electromobility . Tesla, as well as other e-mobility companies, could thus focus on the development of batteries or the operating system.

Leading over domestic competition

UBS analyst Patrick Hummel states in the case of the BMW iX that the specifications point to a sufficient lead over the Audi e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC models (but these are older models – in production since 2018 and 2019, respectively). According to him, the efficiency of this electric car should be “roughly in line” with the Tesla Model X.

We add that BMW promises consumption below 21 kWh / 100 km (WLTP), while the Tesla Model X LR + is expected to have a consumption of 19.9 kWh / 100 km according to the latest EPA tests , which are stricter than for WLTP. However, Hummel points out that at the time of launching the BMW iX, the Model X may be further in this direction.