BMW has recently announced that the BMW i3 will have no successors, reaching the end of it’s journey.
The very unique car will continue to be sold but will not be renewed, usually if a car will no longer be renewed production would stop after a year. However BMW are continuing to sell the i3 for several years.
“The i3 is actually doing extremely well in it’s sixth year of production already” – Pieter Nota (BMW Board Management Member)
The BMW i3 is currently in it’s fifth iteration, it’s had upgrades to the battery and face lifts but there will be no more new features and there are currently no plans for an i3 successor.
BMW has sold more than 150,000 i3 cars internationally and growth in popularity is still rising. However, the rise in demand for electric vehicles is also rising and BMW have said they are going to focus their attention on electric and hybrid plug ins.
BMW’s Vision M Concept Cars
“We are now bringing electrification more to the mainstream”
The Vision M Next Concept has been confirmed to enter production within the next 3 years.
“M is fast and furious and fun and that always works, but there is no direct successor for the i3 and no direct successor for the i8.” – Klaus Frölich (BMW’s director of developement)
Frölich also made it clear that the pure i cars are only one-offs, this means that the i3, i8, etc. were not made to be a line of cars. They were made for a purpose and are standalone electric cars.
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BMW plans to merge battery and plug-in technology with some of it’s other cars, they aim to double their number of electric and hybrid sales and launch 25 electrified models by 2023.
So what can we expect to see?
The ‘iNext’ has been announced for release in 2021.
The BMW i4 is also set to release in 2021
More vehicles to be expected include:
The BMW i5 and iX5. Electric versions of the current BMW X5.
The BMW i7, based on the 7th generation of the 7 Series.