BMW is planning a new vehicle for its ‘BMW i’ lineup of low-emission, futuristic vehicles, reveals a latest report by Automotive News Europe. The company is currently brainstorming to decide which type of car it should add to the “i” range, indicates the report. In brainstorming sessions, teams start with a plain sheet of paper; talk with customers; hold workshops; then present their ideas, says the report. The company decides after this process, adds the report.
The German automaker will not transform the X5 SUV or any other existing vehicle into an i sub-brand vehicle as the mission of the this sub-brand is to change the perception of the way a low-emissions car should look and perform, suggests the report. Instead, the sub-brand is meant to inspire innovation that gets carried over to the rest of the lineup, adds the report.
As per the report, the new ‘BMW i’ vehicle will arrive only after 2020. In the meantime, the focus will be mainly on improving the i3 and the i8. The report says that the company has a minimum 20% battery density improvement every three years and will offer more performance, more range or a both on the new i vehicle, reveals the report.
The report concludes saying that the current i3 and i8 owners won’t be able to upgrade to more powerful eletrical powertrains because replacing the batteries is complex as they are integrated and bonded into the chassis.
Source: Automotive News Europe