2017 BMW i3 REx range-extended electrical automobile [photo: Chris
Mannequin naming conventions which are clear, constant, and simple
to know throughout many years are a vital 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 “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
BMW can have 25 electrical vehicles, 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, based on Automobile journal from the U.Ok., at the moment’s
BMW i3 shall be changed in 2022 or 2023 with what’s going to change into
the BMW iX1.
The information, contained in a reader’s tweet, lays out components of a
lineup of plug-in vehicles that can run parallel to subsequent
generations of the prevailing BMW vary.
Worse than it seems. The subsequent BMW i3, from the most recent CAR
— Jim Zellmer (@jimzellmer)
January 23, 2018
Immediately’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, based on the long run mannequin lineup urged by
Automobile, will use a construction manufactured from stamped metal—most
probably with just a few essential items manufactured from different metals or carbon
fiber, as within the newest BMW 7-Collection giant sedan.
Somewhat than the devoted aluminum platform containing the
working gear and crash constructions, the long run BMW iX1 will use
the FAAR front-wheel-drive platform that additionally underpins the
Mini Cooper vary and at the moment’s BMW X1 small crossover, with
all-wheel drive supplied by a rear electrical motor.
BMW ‘i’ electric-car sub-brand to broaden into SUVs, utility
automobiles, with ‘iX’ fashions
Sooner or later, the brand new BMW iX1e will probably 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 not must go to extraordinary lengths to
reduce battery capability to cut back each expensive 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 recommend BMW’s retreat in know-how signifies increased
volumes for the i3’s successor than the present automobile has
delivered thus far.
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 driving force, and
different distinctive features make it one thing of an acquired style.
2018 BMW i3s: vary, effectivity decrease for sportier mannequin of
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-Collection sedan—or at the least an electrical mannequin of
related dimension, options, and efficiency.
The primary of BMW’s subsequent collection 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 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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