Nitin Gadkari Buys BMW iX After Saying He Can’t Afford Mercedes

  • Nitin Gadkari is the Cabinet Minister for Roads Transport and Highways.
  • He is famous for devising policies regarding flex-fuel vehicles in India to cut down crude oil imports.
  • He is an advocate of alternative energy in the automobile industry.

Union Minister of Roads Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari was recently spotted with a swanky BMW iX electric SUV. Gadkari is quite active in looking for ways to incorporate future technology in mobility. This includes promotion of the electric vehicles, as well as making use of alternative fuel sources to reduce dependence on crude oil imports. That is the reason why India is moving toward Ethanol-based fuel and electrification rapidly. He was reported saying recently, that the Mercedes cars are too expensive at an event, albeit in a sporting manner.

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Nitin Gadkari with his BMW iX
Nitin Gadkari with his BMW iX

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Nitin Gadkari Seen with BMW iX

The video has been uploaded by carcrazy.india on Instagram. Running the registration plate reveals that the electric SUV belongs to a Nagpur-based CIAN agro industries. Digging some more info on this brings to the fore that Nitin Gadkari is the MD at the firm. This explains how the luxury electric SUV belongs to the Union Minister. There are celebs like Riteish Deshmukh who also own the premium electric SUV in India. The luxury electric SUV is priced at Rs 1.16 Crore, ex-showroom as it is a CBU (imported) unit.

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BMW iX – Specs

Being a BMW means that there won’t be any shortage on the performance front. The iX comes with a 77 kWh battery pack that powers the 2 electric motors for an all-wheel-drive configuration. The total system output is 326 hp and 630 Nm of peak power and torque respectively. The claimed WLTP range is a decent 425 km. The 0-100 km/h acceleration time is a respectable 6.1 secs despite it being a bulky SUV. This is aided by an incredible drag coefficient of 0.25. Using the 150 kW DC fast charger, the 95 km range could be achieved within 10 mins.

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BMW iXSpecs
Battery77 kWh
Power / Torque326 hp / 630 Nm
Range425 km
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)6.1 secs

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In terms of features, the Bimmer is packed to the gills. This includes things like a full-length Panoramic Glass Roof, a massive high-resolution 14.9-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System with BMW OS 8.0 with configurable widgets, Navigation with 3D Maps, Head-up Display, Voice Commands, Gesture Control, iDrive Touch with handwriting recognition, a 12.3-inch BMW Live Cockpit Instrument Cluster, Parking Assist Plus, ADAS Features, and much more.

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