BMW has announced they are currently researching about what their third "i" model should be like.

BMW has announced they are currently researching about what their third "i" model should be like.

In an interview with Automotive News Europe, BMW’s R&D boss Klaus Froehlich said the company is now in the "strategic research phase where we brainstorm." Those who are involved in the process are contacting potential clients, organizing workshops and after that they will present the ideas to those who take the final decision.

Froehlich ruled out the possibility of coming out with an "i" version of the third generation X5, insisting that all i-badged models have to be distinct, without being based on any existing model. The third model will be added after the end of this decade and until then BMW will focus on improving the current i3 and i8. Froehlich said that battery density is improved by at least 20% at every three years, meaning that both the i3 and i8 models will gain more performance, more range or a combination of the two.

Current i3 and i8 owners should know they won't be able to benefit from the improvements made in battery technology because Froehlich said it would be very hard to replace the batteries since these are integrated and bonded into the chassis.

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