The i3 will be one of bristles electric cartage awash beneath BMW or its Mini accessory in 2021. They will accommodate the i3, the Mini EV advancing in backward 2019, the iX3 crossover in 2020, and both the i4 and X5-sized iNext, which barrage in 2021. BMW’s lath of administration administrator Harald Krüger initially categorical the plan in his advertisement of the i4 at the alpha of the 2018 Paris Motor Show, yet bootless to acknowledge the i3 as the fifth vehicle. But we got the scoop.
In an email to The Drive, BMW i agent Paloma Brunckhorst said, “The BMW i3 is a absolutely important car for us.” Brunckhorst continued, “In 2021 we will accept the BMW i3, the Mini BEV, the BMW iX3, the BMW i4 and BMW iNext.”
The agent beneath to animadversion on whether the i3 would become a abiding accoutrement of BMW’s lineup.
BMW launched the i3 in 2013 with a 22 kilowatt-hour battery. It has back accustomed two array accommodation upgrades, aboriginal to 33 kWh in 2016, and additional to 42 kWh in 2018 with the alpha of the 2019 archetypal year. Its 42-kWh array allows 162 afar of ambit according to the BMW, admitting WLTP testing suggests a 193-mile range.
“At BMW we assignment consistently to ensure our cartage reflect the latest developments in technology,” the agent added. “This is why we accept brought out the 120Ah array update. The 120Ah archetypal is accordingly advised to accommodated our customer’s needs perfectly. […] The BMW i3 is an incubator for innovations and brought technologies like eDrive, carbon, etc to the mother cast BMW. “
BMW’s array advancement for the 2019 i3 is important to accumulate the archetypal accordant in an added aggressive EV market, but has BMW done abundant to future-proof the model? Its alone adversary in the auto electric auto segment, the Chevrolet Bolt, brings to action a bigger array and a added able powertrain that gives it 238 afar of ambit to the i3’s affirmed 162. The Chevy’s $7,830 cheaper amount tag additionally makes a acceptable altercation for it as an advantage over the i3.
Not allowance the i3’s case is the avant-garde market’s crossover fixation. The ambit and amount point of Hyundai’s tiny-but-mighty Kona EV may prove added adorable to EV buyers than the BMW’s badge, and beyond upmarket options in the bunched EV crossover articulation are due to backfire in the abutting two years. The Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-Tron, Mercedes-Benz EQC, BMW’s own iX3, and alike the Tesla Archetypal Y are accepted to appearance up to the action by the end of 2020, and admitting not anon aggressive with the i3, there is no arguing that they address to a broader chump base.
The alone ace up the i3’s sleeve is its cachet as the sole exceptional advantage in the auto segment. Will that be abundant to advance its affability to buyers through 2021? The bazaar will decide.
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