At present’s BMW i3 to evolve into lower-tech, higher-volume 2022 BMW iX1 SUV: report


2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electrical automobile [photo: Chris
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Mannequin naming conventions which might be clear, constant, and simple
to know throughout a long time are an important a part of explaining a
car lineup to patrons.

By and enormous, German makers are good at arraying their lineups
of sedans (and now SUVs) in “sequence” or “courses” that run from
smallest to largest.

The 2014 BMW i3 was one thing of an anomaly in BMW’s lineup,
as a result of it did not actually correspond to the BMW Three-Sequence sedan
identified worldwide.

BMW could have 25 electrical automobiles, plug-in hybrid fashions by

Now, after an intensive 2016 reshuffle of its product plans for
plug-in electrical autos, BMW will yank its electric-car
lineup into alignment with the autos it sells with
internal-combustion engines.

Which is why, in accordance with Automobile journal from the U.Okay., right now’s
BMW i3 will likely be changed in 2022 or 2023 with what’s going to turn into
the BMW iX1.

The information, contained in a reader’s tweet, lays out elements of a
lineup of plug-in automobiles that may run parallel to subsequent
generations of the present BMW vary.

Worse than it seems. The subsequent BMW i3, from the most recent CAR
journal. @greenofrichmond
— Jim Zellmer (@jimzellmer)
January 23, 2018

At present’s BMW i3 has a complicated carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic
physique shell, and the corporate went to nice lengths to scale back the
carbon footprint of the energy-intensive manufacturing course of
for the carbon fiber.

House owners of the present i3 could also be distressed to study that its
successor, in accordance with the long run mannequin lineup advised by
Automobile, will use a construction product of stamped metal—most
doubtless with a number of essential items product of different metals or carbon
fiber, as within the newest BMW 7-Sequence massive sedan.

Quite than the devoted aluminum platform containing the
working gear and crash buildings, the long run BMW iX1 will use
the FAAR front-wheel-drive platform that additionally underpins the
Mini Cooper vary and right now’s BMW X1 small crossover, with
all-wheel drive supplied by a rear electrical motor.

BMW ‘i’ electric-car sub-brand to increase into SUVs, utility
autos, with ‘iX’ fashions

In the end, the brand new BMW iX1e will doubtless be adopted by a
sportier iX1s variant, Automobile says, mirroring the 2018
BMW i3s that was launched within the i3’s fifth mannequin yr to
complement the usual mannequin.

BMW’s obvious retreat from superior, costly,
ground-breaking know-how signifies how briskly the price of
lithium-ion battery cells has come down since its engineers
froze the specs for the i3 in 2012 or so.

New battery-electric autos with a minimal of 200 miles of
vary or extra not have to go to extraordinary lengths to
decrease battery capability to scale back each pricey additional

As an alternative, they will add battery capability to offset the load
enhance of normal stamped-steel building over the
light-weight however dear CFRP physique shell and all-aluminum

We’d counsel BMW’s retreat in know-how signifies greater
volumes for the i3’s successor than the present automobile has
delivered so far.

And even the happiest of BMW i3 homeowners will admit that the
superior high-tech car’s uncommon design, a small dimension in
North American phrases, rear carriage doorways that rear-seat
passengers could not open with out assist from the motive force, and
different distinctive elements make it one thing of an acquired style.

2018 BMW i3s: vary, effectivity decrease for sportier mannequin of
electrical automobile

The Automobile report means that the subsequent BMW i3 in 2021
or so would be the much-rumored all-electric model of the
well-known BMW Three-Sequence sedan—or at the least an electrical mannequin of
comparable dimension, options, and efficiency.

The primary of BMW’s subsequent sequence of plug-in electrical automobiles,
nevertheless, is anticipated to be the BMW iX3, an all-electric model
of the BMW X3 compact crossover utility. It is anticipated to
arrive subsequent yr or in 2020.

[hat tip: Brian Henderson]

NOTE: The picture of a 2017 BMW i3 range-extended electrical
automobile in Protonic Blue that leads off this text was taken by
its proprietor, Chris Neff.


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