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BMW says no “i” SUV planned

BMW i | November 3rd, 2013 by 5
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BMW rules out the possibility of adding an SUV to its new line-up of “i” electric vehicles. The i3’s project manager, Roland Kowalski, told CarAdvice …

BMW rules out the possibility of adding an SUV to its new line-up of “i” electric vehicles.

The i3’s project manager, Roland Kowalski, told CarAdvice at the launch of the BMW i3 in Amsterdam that even though the brand trademarked a wide range of names, i1 to i9, the idea of an SUV doesn’t fit the i brand’s values.

“It may be possible [to have every i number] but for now we have the i3 and the i8,” said Kowalski. “We’re thinking about a few options. But we have time [to bring it to market].

BMW says no i SUV planned

“We’re not thinking about SUV on i models. For BMW i we are talking about an urban concept for megacities. “The thing with the SUVs is nobody, more than 90 per cent, needs four-wheel drive for the city. The SUV trend is only a thing about the space or the roominess.

“We think with i3 you also have a lot of space.”

While the i SUV is off the table, the next i-branded model will be the i5, a vehicle that it’s said to take the shape of a crossover with more cabin space.

 

 

 

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  • CDspeed

    It seems like BMW thinks their i cars are only good for crawling around big cities, which to me shows a slight lack of confidence. I think BMW will be surprised at how i3 owners will put their cars to use.

  • Michael

    Because it never snows in cities? Snow would be more easily traversed by an SUV.

  • Carac

    They once said there would never be a M SUV either…

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      That’s true. If battery technology gets better, it will be possible.

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