BMW CEO Harald Krueger has hinted that the company is exploring options to add another model to its ‘i’ sub-brand of futuristic, electrified cars. The company currently sells two models under the sub-brand – the i3 urban EV and the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar. German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung asked Mr. Krueger if he was planning a new BMW i model. He replied: “Between the i3 and the i8, there is space if you look at it from the number point of view.” He didn’t give more details though.
Previously, reports have stated that the new BMW i model will be a plug-in hybrid sports sedan called ‘i5‘ that would be based on the 5-Series long-wheelbase. The plug-in hybrid powertrain of this Tesla Model S-rival is said to produce up to 640 hp.
Meanwhile, Mr. Krueger also added that BMW has been in regular contact with major technology companies like Apple to discuss about connected cars. This was in response to the questions regarding the regular meetings of Apple and BMW executives over the past 18 months. Recent reports say that Apple CEO Tim Cook visited BMW’s headquarters last year and that some Apple employees have been to the carmaker’s plant in Leipzig, Germany where the i3 and i8 are built.
[News Source: Reuters]