With just a few months left before its market debut, the BMW i sub-brand comes to focus. Later this year, the new electric-focused division will launch their first model. Dubbed BMW i3, the megacity car will first be available in a five-door configuration, followed later by a coupe version based on the i3 Coupe Concept unveiled last year.
According to a source close to Autocar, BMW sees potential in offering mid-size cars in the i brand line-up. “There are a lot of unused numbers in the i line-up”, said the source, “and there is the potential for other mid-sized concepts”. One of those models is along the lines of the Concept Active Tourer.
BMW intends for the i3 and i8 to serve as bookends for the new i range, leaving room in between for a wide range of electric or hybrid vehicles. “With the i3 you have a megacity vehicle that offers zero emissions and a focus on practicality, while the i8 is an all-out sports car that demonstrates the extreme peformance that’s possible using this technology,” the source revealed.
Just last year another source closed to BMW mentioned potential i1 and i5 models, a two-plus-two-seat, short-wheelbase city car and a high-roof, long-wheelbase five-seater wagon/MPV hybrid.
Both the i3 and i8 will debut in the U.S. in 2014.