At the moment’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 straightforward
to know throughout a long time are an important a part of explaining a
car lineup to consumers.

By and huge, German makers are good at arraying their lineups
of sedans (and now SUVs) in “sequence” or “lessons” 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-Collection sedan
identified worldwide.

BMW may have 25 electrical vehicles, plug-in hybrid fashions by

Now, after a radical 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.Ok., in the present day’s
BMW i3 might 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 vehicles that can run parallel to subsequent
generations of the prevailing BMW vary.

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

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

Homeowners 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 made from stamped metal—most
seemingly with just a few essential items made from different metals or carbon
fiber, as within the newest BMW 7-Collection massive sedan.

Slightly than the devoted aluminum platform containing the
operating 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 in the present day’s BMW X1 small crossover, with
all-wheel drive offered by a rear electrical motor.

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

Sooner or later, the brand new BMW iX1e will seemingly be adopted by a
sportier iX1s variant, Automobile says, mirroring the 2018
BMW i3s that was launched within the i3’s fifth mannequin 12 months to
complement the usual mannequin.

BMW’s obvious retreat from superior, costly,
ground-breaking expertise 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 must go to extraordinary lengths to
reduce battery capability to cut back each pricey further

As a substitute, they’ll add battery capability to offset the load
enhance of ordinary stamped-steel building over the
light-weight however expensive CFRP physique shell and all-aluminum

We might recommend BMW’s retreat in expertise signifies increased
volumes for the i3’s successor than the present automobile has
delivered to this point.

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 points 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 following BMW i3 in 2021
or so would be the much-rumored all-electric model of the
well-known BMW Three-Collection sedan—or at the very least an electrical mannequin of
related dimension, options, and efficiency.

The primary of BMW’s subsequent sequence of plug-in electrical vehicles,
nevertheless, is predicted to be the BMW iX3, an all-electric model
of the BMW X3 compact crossover utility. It is anticipated to
arrive subsequent 12 months or in 2020.

[hat tip: Brian Henderson]

NOTE: The photograph 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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