Rumor: “There will be no new i models in 2016. Not even the convertible”, says BMW

BMW i, Rumors | January 19th, 2016 by 4
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According to Motoring.au, in 2016, there will be no new models joining the BMW i line-up, including the highly-rumored i5 and i8 Spyder. BMW first …

According to Motoring.au, in 2016, there will be no new models joining the BMW i line-up, including the highly-rumored i5 and i8 Spyder.

BMW first teased a convertible version of the i8 four years ago and delivered another one, the BMW i Vision Future Interaction, at this month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

“The i8 is selling well enough now, so the lineup doesn’t strictly need it,” a senior BMW source said to Motoring.

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“We are doing it, we are just doing it slowly because it’s not all we are doing,” the source said in reference to the i8 Spyder.

This year, BMW celebrates its 100th birthday with the release of four concept cars across all brands – BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and Motorrad – but it’s still unknown what the BMW anniversary concept car will be.

The i5 is also likely not arriving before 2018, but the i3 will get a technology refresh this year.

 

4 responses to “Rumor: “There will be no new i models in 2016. Not even the convertible”, says BMW”

  1. […] Rumor: “There will be no new i models in 2016. Not even the convertible”, says BMW […]

  2. CDspeed says:

    BMW i has stalled. For BMW’s 100th anniversary, I hope they don’t simply do anniversary editions of current models. A little 100 years badge on the dash, a specific paint, interior, and special wheels wouldn’t be the right way to celebrate.

    • Kaisuke971 says:

      Well their lineup is only two/three years old, it’s a very fresh brand kind of thing… I definitely agree that this year would be the right time to release something else though. To be fair though BMW has revealed lots of Hybrid cars recently, so it’s not that much of a big deal. They’re almost in a position where their whole lineup has an Hybrid alternative.

      And actually when you think about it, in the past year we’ve had the 7, the M2, the M4 GTS, 3 Series LCI, X1, 1 Series LCI, 4 Series LCI just about to come… They’re far from passive.

  3. T says:

    The next phase of BMWi will be disclosed as Concepts following the original journey of the i3 and i8 as conceptual vehicles.
    So they will reveal the idea but in a conceptual form far from production reality.
    Just as before launch of the production models similar pre-production concepts such as the i3 Coupe and i8 Spyder provided more realism so will the next stage of concepts. Hence why BMW say no new BMWi models till nearer 2020.

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