BMW has registered the name of a series of model names in the framework of projects for the construction of its two-model-strong, I brand and its recently formed I-Performance sub-brand with a range of electric-powered Suv.
The new protected names are iX1, iX2, iX3, iX4, iX5, iX6, iX7, iX8, and iX9.
While the ” I “clearly indicates that these names are intended to be used by the BMW I sub-brand, which was founded in 2011, the” X ” indicates that they are also Seen, probably with four-wheel drive, in the style of a classical BMW, X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X6, and future X7.
With its premium brand rivals Audi, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz have already expressed their intention to offer more of an electric SUV model in the longer term, BMW appears ready to join them with a range of models.
It is not clear at this stage is whether BMW plans to use the X models as the basis for the proposed electric I’ve Seen, or if they will be dedicated to role models in their own individual right styling and packaging.
Up to now, BMW has only confirmed plans for an electric-powered SUV; in 2016, the chairman Harald KrÃ¼ger has revealed the X3 would be the basis of a new zero-emissions model as a rival for the upcoming Audi E-tron, Jaguar I, the Pace and the Mercedes-Benz EQ C.
However, recent technical developments, detailed by BMW research and development boss Klaus FrÃ¶hlich prior to the start of the Frankfurt motor show, including the existence of two new platforms from the existing structures of the company front-wheel-drive and rear-wheel drive architectures for the I brand, suggest that BMW is already well advanced on other SUV electric models.
The new rear-wheel-drive platform based on the development of BMW’s existing CLAR structure, which underpins the current 5 Series and 7 Series. He has been featured in the BMW i Vision Dynamics concept at the Frankfurt motor show and FrÃ¶hlich confirmed that it can suport four-wheel drive.
BMW has been especially active in securing possible names for future models. In 2010, the German car manufacturer, brand name, the names of i1, i2, i3, i4, i5, i6, i7, i8 and i9, three years before the i3 and i8 production models appeared.
BMW has also the brand names E1, E2, E3, E4, E5, E6, E7, E8 and E9.
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