BMW doesn’t have one of the best repute for making attractive electrical automobiles. The BMW i3 was a unusual and fascinating trying automobile however not one many individuals cherished. The brand new i4 and iX are okay however neither have any actual love from the fanbase for his or her styling. The BMW i8 was objectively beautiful however that was neither totally electrical, nor very fashionable. Nevertheless, there’s nothing actually offensive concerning the BMW iX3, because it’s simply an electrified model of the usual X3, a very good trying automobile in its personal proper. The truth that it acquired the X3’s LCI facelift solely makes it higher.
Now that it’s right here, let’s check out how its design stacks up towards these of its rivals. Chief of which is at all times going to be the Tesla Mannequin Y, as all electrical automobiles have to be benchmarked towards Elon Musk’s electrical model. It’s the family title of EVs, therefor the metric by which all different EVs are measured. Let’s leap in.
Up entrance, the BMW iX3 has to take this, proper? The Mannequin Y isn’t actually offensive trying however there’s extra fascinating design to be seen on a sheet of printing paper. Whereas the iX3 isn’t good, it’s actually extra visually fascinating than the mouthless Mannequin Y. The reinterpretation of the BMW kidney grille, double circle headlights, and the creases within the hood all give it a extra aggressive, extra thrilling look. The Mannequin Y seems to be like somebody put two googly eyes on a pebble.
In profile, the BMW wins once more. The Mannequin Y, once more, isn’t horrific trying. It’s simply boring. Admittedly, it will get a little bit of a flare at its rear wheel arch and its window line is nice trying however that’s actually the place all of it ends. There’s nearly nothing noteworthy about its aspect profile design in any respect. It’s like an egg that’s been given a recent coat of paint. Whereas the BMW iX is nothing spectacular, it incorporates a good-looking form, a pointy shoulder line, a semi-traditional Hofmeister Kink, and a practical entrance fender vent. It’s not attractive however at the least there are a couple of good issues to have a look at.
Out again, judging the 2 automobiles was tougher. The Tesla Mannequin Y’s finest angle is from the rear, the place its built-in spoiler provides it a sportier look. Its taillights are additionally good trying, too. Beneath them, although, there’s only a see of nothing. I get it — it’s an electrical automobile, there actually isn’t a lot want for something again there. Nevertheless, BMW at the least added some fake diffuser, painted the place the exhausts was once blue, and gave its taillights some good three-dimensional construction.
The BMW iX3 is the higher trying automobile. It’s extra historically good-looking, options extra fascinating visible options, and truly appears to try some cool concepts. Whereas the Tesla Mannequin Y is an aerodynamic egg with some lights slapped on it. Nevertheless, the Mannequin Y is a a lot better EV, with way more vary and much better efficiency. The iX3 is healthier trying however that’s actually the one motive to purchase one over the Mannequin Y.
[Model Y images provided by Tesla, Inc]