2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electrical automobile [photo: Chris
Mannequin naming conventions which might be clear, constant, and straightforward
to grasp throughout a long time are an important a part of explaining a
automobile lineup to consumers.
By and enormous, German makers are good at arraying their lineups
of sedans (and now SUVs) in “collection” 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-Collection sedan
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 automobiles, BMW will yank its electric-car
lineup into alignment with the automobiles it sells with
Which is why, in line with Automobile journal from the U.Okay., immediately’s
BMW i3 will likely be changed in 2022 or 2023 with what is going to turn into
the BMW iX1.
The information, contained in a reader’s tweet, lays out components of a
lineup of plug-in automobiles that can run parallel to subsequent
generations of the present BMW vary.
Worse than it seems. The subsequent BMW i3, from the newest CAR
— Jim Zellmer (@jimzellmer)
January 23, 2018
At present’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.
House owners of the present i3 could also be distressed to be taught that its
successor, in line with the long run mannequin lineup instructed by
Automobile, will use a construction product of stamped metal—most
seemingly with a number of essential items product of different metals or carbon
fiber, as within the newest BMW 7-Collection giant 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 immediately’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
automobiles, 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 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 automobiles with a minimal of 200 miles of
vary or extra now not have to go to extraordinary lengths to
reduce battery capability to cut back each expensive further
As an alternative, they will add battery capability to offset the burden
improve of normal stamped-steel development over the
light-weight however expensive 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 to this point.
And even the happiest of BMW i3 house owners will admit that the
superior high-tech automobile’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
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 no less than an electrical mannequin of
comparable dimension, options, and efficiency.
The primary of BMW’s subsequent collection of plug-in electrical automobiles,
nonetheless, is anticipated 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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