The BMW iX is a technological marvel, thanks to both its all-electric drive and its extensive range of connected features.
Now, it can add the high levels of safety to its suite of features, thanks to a five-star safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
The SUV was especially commended for its new safety innovations during the latest round of tests. These include a new interactive airbag between the driver and front passenger seats.
The new airbag provides additional protection against injury in the event of a side collision. The iX was also given the highest possible score for child safety in the rear in both the frontal and side collision tests.
The use of an aluminium spaceframe and carbon cage also gives the iX a highly resilient chassis. This works with precisely designed deformation zones to absorb the impact of a collision, keeping it away from the passenger compartment.
The electric SUV also has a front collision warning system with brake intervention that can detect pedestrians and cyclists as well as vehicles.
Paired with an upgraded automatic emergency braking system, the new system now reacts in turning situations, helping to minimise the risk to pedestrians when turning and the risk of collision with oncoming traffic when turning left.
If a collision does occur, the risk of injury to vulnerable road users is reduced by carefully designed body elements and flexible structures at the front of the vehicle.
These structures include an active bonnet that rises via a pyrotechnical triggering mechanism as soon sensors indicate an imminent collision.
This creates a deformation zone that prevents direct impact between the pedestrian or cyclist and hard components in the engine compartment.