BMW’s Offensive Against Tesla Strengthens as it Plans to Unveil the iX3, iNext, and i4 This Year
That’s a LOT of all-electric models that will be wearing BMW’s badge in the coming yearsby Kirby Garlitos, on
It’s easy to imagine why BMW is in the headlines a lot these days. The German automaker just had its annual press conference, and one of the most important revelations involved the expected arrival of a number electric concept vehicles this year. BMW chairman Harald Kruger announced that expected arrivals in 2018 include a pure electric crossover, called the iX3, the i4 (which will be based on the i Vision Dynamics,) and the company’s technology flagship, the iNEXT.
It does make sense for the automaker to start rolling out its all-electric plans because it still has a long way to go before it can catch up to what Tesla is already doing today.
If it wasn’t clear before that BMW had an all-electric offensive in the works, chairman Harald Kruger made that emphatically clear in the press conference. It does make sense for the automaker to start rolling out its all-electric plans because it still has a long way to go before it can catch up to what Tesla is already doing today.
Basically, Kruger touched on the concepts that we can expect to see over the course of the next nine months. Without going into the nitty-gritty, Kruger disclosed plans to roll out the iX3 concept, which is essentially a preview model for the all-electric X3 that’s expected to hit the market in 2020. It also happens to be the first all-electric BMW to hit the streets, so it also has that distinction going for it.
In addition to the iX3, Bimmer is also bringing the i Vision Dynamics to life as the BMW i4
In addition to the iX3, Bimmer is also bringing the i Vision Dynamics to life as the BMW i4 after unveiling it as a concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Then there’s the iNEXT, the car that Bimmer execs have the highest hope for, hence its label as the company’s “new technology flagship.” There’s no word yet on what kind of car we’re dealing with here, but recent reports indicated that it will also take the shape of an SUV, on top of carrying a maximum range of 435 miles as part of its flagship offerings. There’s no specific timetable for the iNEXT’s launch, but Kruger did say that it’s going to arrive sometime in 2021.
Do the math, and that’s three all-new electric models that BMW already has in the pipeline. That’s two crossovers (maybe one SUV) and a sedan that will make up BMW’s first wave of all-electric offerings. These models may still be a few years in the making, but expect BMW to make good use of all that time to finally succeed where it failed with the i5.
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