Improved design and nearly 50 percent longer range expected.
After selling more than 100,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles since 2013, BMW plans to further increase deliveries with an EV and hybrid model onslaught starting next year. The German company wants to have between 15 and 25 percent electrified cars by 2025, and will begin its offensive with a facelifted version of the i3, according to a new report.
German weekly Welt am Sonntag says BMW will launch a revamped variant of the model, which will offer an increased electric range and many design improvements. The car will receive a new battery pack, which will result in a longer range by nearly 50 percent.
Back in May this year the i3 was updated for the new model year, which brought a new 94-Ah battery with 33-kWh capacity. Thanks to it, the maximum electric range is now 114 miles (183 kilometers) according to the EPA. Given that, the refreshed version could easily get about 170-mile (273-km) range.
So far, BMW hasn’t officially confirmed the information, but the model’s project manager Heinrich Schwackhoefer already declared he is confident as far as a second-generation i3 is concerned. This means the brand will need several more years until the all-new i3 is ready, and until then the current one will be periodically updated to stay competitive on the market.
Next year BMW will also release the plug-in hybrid version of the new 5 Series, the 530e, which will join the BMW Group lineup together with the Mini Countryman PHEV, the first hybrid for the British brand. In 2018, the company will finally launch the i8 Spyder, which will be followed by an all-electric Mini in 2019, and EV versions of the next generations 3 Series and X3.
Since the market launch of the i3, BMW has managed to deliver nearly 60,000 examples of the model.
Note: 2017 BMW i3 pictured.