BMW Reportedly Looking Into Offering Electric G20 3 Series Model in China

3-Series, Rumors | December 21st, 2018 by 4
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BMW’s first fully electric model officially confirmed for launch in the near future is the BMW iX3. The SUV will be using fourth-gen eDrive technology …

BMW’s first fully electric model officially confirmed for launch in the near future is the BMW iX3. The SUV will be using fourth-gen eDrive technology to get around and is considered a prime choice by the management in Munich, considering its specs and how BMW X3 sales are doing. The compact SUV is one of BMW’s best selling cars and offering it with an electric drivetrain sure seems like a good idea. More electric models are in the pipeline at the moment but we were rather disappointed to hear that the G20 3 Series won’t get an EV version when it was launched.

At least that seems the case for Europe and the US at the moment, as our sources claim that the management is pondering launching such a version in China, which is rapidly becoming the world’s biggest electric car market, after already becoming the world’s biggest car market in terms of volume. Such a move would definitely make financial sense, as the Chinese government is pushing hard for the adoption of EVs on a larger scale.

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All sorts of government grants are being offered to Chinese customers to make them more interested than ever in EVs, as well as all sorts of gratuities. Furthermore, since BMW is assembling its cars locally, at the Shenzen plant, it could be considerably profitable for them to offer an EV in the Asian market. According to our sources, this electric 3er could use the same powertrain as the upcoming i4 model which is scheduled to be introduced in a couple of years.

The electric 3 Series could be built atop the Chinese-specific G28 model, which is a long-wheelbase version of the 3 Series. As the BMW i4 is going to have its own body style based on the 4 Series Gran Coupe, it’s quite possible that it will be more stylish and bigger than the 3 Series when it comes out, making sure the two don’t get confused on the street. That could justify a different price tag and introduction on various markets.

This move would be possible thanks to BMW’s modular architecture which allows them to fit a wide variety of powertrains on the same model by just making a couple of small tweaks. According to the German car maker, they can build cars with internal combustion engines alone, PHEVs and EVs on the same assembly line, allowing them to adapt faster to market demand.

4 responses to “BMW Reportedly Looking Into Offering Electric G20 3 Series Model in China”

  1. Gery Katona says:

    Whenever you design a one-size-fits-all platform, there are going to compromises. It won’t be just right for any one drive-line. I’m looking to replace my 2011 Leaf in about 18 months and I want a care with an EV-specific platform like that being prepared by VW/Audi = no compromises.

    • Anon says:

      No, not really.

      The only time a platform is “dependent” on its powertrane is if it’s used as a stressed member of the frame or the chassis is so tiny as to have no flexibility

      Otherwise it’s just a matter of being clever with the design. Modern cars are huge and there’s tons of room to move things around.

    • Max says:

      LOL, so you’re saying that the etron is based on a BEV purpose platform?! Then you have no clue.
      Like Anon said. Sure there are some small compromises but it’s about cleverness and engineering to make an all in one thing work. I have good trust in BMW that they can do it. They have no other choice because no one knows what’s gonna happen – other OEMs are very jealous about that. And also, customers can’t see a difference in BEV purpose or ICE purpose platforms anyway. Or do you think, they would change their exterior design that much, just because it’s different underneath?!

      • Gery Katona says:

        Look at he VW/AUDI MEB platform and the Jaguar I-pace. They both have shorter front ends with a corresponding increase in the rear seat legroom and little or no driveshaft hump running down the middle of the interior. If the i4 is just an EV drive line shoehorned into an ICE platform, it will be compromised and I am not interested. VW is claiming for a given size exterior, the back seat space will be comparable to the next size up. If BMW is so clever they can make the same claim, then their 3 series based i4 will have the back seat of a 5 series in which case I’m interested. We’ll see.

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