BMW board member for sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, says the company is in the final stages of deciding what the next BMW i car will be.
“You will see more i products,” said Robertson, “and we are in the final stages of deciding what the next car will be and when you’ll see it.” An unveiling to coincide with BMW’s centenary celebrations next spring seems likely – and Robertson said, “We will look back 100 years at that point, but mainly into the future.”
BMW is said to be evaluating two types of i vehicles, a lengthened version of the i3 while the other is said to be a sedan that could rival Tesla’s forthcoming Model 3. The car is likely to be badged i5.
BMW chief of marketing says the i3 sales have been growing 60 percent year-over-year and it’s the third best-selling electric vehicle in the world. The expectations are that an i5 or an extended i3 model will house a larger battery pack which will implicitly add more driving range – the holy grail of at least 200 miles.
If BMW will unveil a concept of their new i vehicle next year, the production model is likely 3-4 years out, which puts it right around the 2020 mark.