BMW i3 and i8 may not be replaced

BMW i sub-brand will not necessarily replace its i3 and i8 models with the next generation of models.

The electric vehicles division will continue to offer its own tools, and models to produce electric versions of standard Bmw. The iX3, with a maturity of 2020, will be the first of 11 electrical Bmw to arrive by 2025, in preparation for which BMW has patented a list of nine names. This included i4, which should be a variant of the future 4-Series GT.

However, the measurement of the models do not form a full range of cars, and the division instead of creating individual vehicles to address a particular challenge or meet a specific request.

To this end, the range of ‘well I built cars on measurement architectures that are on sale at any moment it could just be a model or many more. The determining factor will be that the new technology BMW has to showcase before applying for its standard model range.

The i3 is served to showcase the BMW method to do his first electric car and the i8 showed how electricity could improve the performance. At the end of their life cycle, their work will be considered, in fact, that is the reason why the replacement was not formally in development or in BMW’s product plan.

“We’re still deciding [about] the i8,” said the chief, Robert Irlinger. “We see a market for new types of sports cars. As it is called, or if it is a new type of sports car, is still under discussion”.

BMW design boss Domagoj Dukec respect the role of the i8 with the M1 supercar. He said: “it worked at the time, but why do it more than once? The I8 could be the M1 – it must not always be a name to BMW. We always give a response to what people and customers are at the moment.”

As for the i3 hatchback, Irlinger said that “it would be decided by time” if the model has been a success, but will continue to be developed in its current state, for now.

Dukec added: “With the new i3 and i8, I don’t know, for now we do not think about. I don’t there will always be an i3, and an i3 after – i is not a parallel universe BMW.”

The production version of the I have a Vision Dynamics concept car, which is set to arrive in 2021, has the internal code name i20. The model will be built on a development of BMW rear-wheel-drive CLAR platform.

This is one of only two modular architecture, BMW will use in the future. The other, called FAAR and for the front-wheel-drive models, is a new generation of development of the existing platform UKL, which supports the first wave of front-wheel-drive Bmw, and the current Mini range.

All BMW models, built on both the CLAR or FAAR, will be able to be equipped with a standard internal combustion engine, a plug-in hybrid system to electrify the axis that is not driven by the engine or a fully electric drivetrain.

The configurations include a single engine-front axle for front-wheel-drive models and an optional one on the rear axle with four wheels; single motor on the rear axle to the rear-wheel drive, with an optional, one on the front axle for four-wheel drive and a rear axle four-wheel-drive performance models to create a car with more than 800bhp.

BMW will offer the electric motors in different sizes, with small 134bhp and medium-sized 255bhp those entry-level for electric vehicles and large 335bhp and extra-large 402bhp-plus those for performance models.

Range stretch from 186 miles to 435 miles, depending on the size of the battery.

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